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Lembeh Gulen Critter Shootout – 20th – 28th May 2016


May 18, 2015

The first ever International shootout is coming and this is an event not to be missed! This epic competition takes place not just in two different countries, but on two different continents, in two different hemispheres with contestants going head to head and being led by three of the world’s best, heavy-weight underwater photographers. And it’s happening HERE – in Lembeh Resort!

Keri Wilk and Tobias Friedrich will each lead a team from across the globe and contestants will shoot out over 3 themed competition days which include Fish, Invertebrate Life and Nudibranch. Not only that but world famous underwater photographer ALEX MUSTARD will be our online expert judge and photography advisor. He will be posting live tips and comments throughout the event and available for advice and insights for those watching the event from home!

Lembeh Resort is proud to be hosting the Indonesia side of the shootout and Gulen Dive Resort in Norway will host the other. So why is this event such a milestone? How can these two locations be compared? Both Lembeh and Gulen and are among the best spots in the world for photographing critters – albeit under very different conditions. Photographers will have to adapt to their surroundings and battle it out for the best images. The event will commence with 3 training days and training tips and hints will be shared live with photograph critiques through Facebook and on LembehResort.com

Do you want to join? We have limited spaces remaining here in Lembeh so if you want to work with world-class leading photographers, have the chance to win thousands of dollars in both cash and prizes contact us now at reservations@lembehresort.com

It won’t only be the 32 contestants and their team leaders who are involved. In an attempt to bridge the gap between these two destinations and to bring together underwater photographers from around the world this event is being judged by the public – BY YOU! At the end of each competition day images will be unloaded to the “Lembeh Gulen Critter Shootout” Facebook page for judging. This is where YOU play a part. By liking the page in advance of the event, as images are uploaded you will be able to “Like” what you consider to be the winning shots (click here to “Like”). You’ll be able to post comments on them and check back to see how our professional team leaders commented. By seeing the professional critiques you are bound to pick up invaluable hints and tips which can be applied to your own underwater photography attempts to improve your images including lighting tips and techniques and advice on composition and camera settings.

The event has gathered huge interest from the media and will be reported in leading dive magazines and online forums across the world so remember to cast your votes and leave your comments – who knows, you could even be quoted in your favorite dive magazine!

This is going to be a fight to the end. Which side of the globe will capture the best shots? Who has the best critters? Which team leader will be crowned the winner of this prestigious event? It’s up to you – YOU vote, YOU decide. Like the Facebook page now to be involved in pre-event discussions, tips, photography critiques and of course, your chance to vote!

Become a judge – “Like” now!

New Sponsors Join Lembeh Gulen Critter Shootout

The build up to the first ever international shootout continues to grow as new sponsors are continuing to join the event. The Lembeh Gulen Critter Shootout is proud to announce sponsor ship from both Fourth Element and i-divesite which guarantees some awesome prizes for participants.

The Shootout is open for all levels of photographers from beginners to pros. With team leaders Tobias Friedrich and Keri Wilk, accompanied by support from Alex Mustard this is a rare opportunity to learn from the best – and compete for top prizes. The Shootout comprises of both competition days and training days so no matter what your level you are guaranteed to improve.

This is the ultimate photography event and promises to be challenging, rewarding and a lot of fun.

There are limited spaces here at Lembeh resort but if you want to be a part of something big sign up now! Public voting means that participant’s images will be posted online for voting and could be featured in leading dive magazines Tauchen and Scuba Diver Australasia! If you have a non-photographer partner or buddy, don’t worry! Daily diving trips will be going out as usual alongside the Shootouts dedicated boats.

The Shootout takes place simultaneously from both Gulen Dive Resort in Norway and Lembeh Resort in Indonesia from 20 – 28 May 2016. Prizes include resort stays, liveaboard trips, lighting gear, dry suits and diving accessories.

The event is supported by Wetpixel who will be broadcasting live from both resorts online and through Social Media – join the event here in Lembeh or be part of our online community of underwater photography pro’s and enthusiasts.

What are you waiting for? Join the event and be part of shootout history – for more information email us at – reservations@lembehresort.com