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Epson Red Sea World of Underwater Images

Epson to sponsor the world’s largest underwater imaging competition.

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Epson have announced that they will be sponsoring the 2009 Red Sea World of Underwater Images competition which will be held this November, with a combine prize total of $80,000.

The competition is split into two categories, Images of the World and Eilat Shoot Out. Photographers can enter any images into the Images of the World category, but any entries for the Eilat Shoot Out must be taken between 10th and 12th November in Eilat.

Press Release:
Leading imaging specialist Epson will be sponsoring the Red Sea 2009 World of Underwater Images competition, to be held in Eilat, Israel, between 9th and 14th November 2009. The Red Sea event, better known as the underwater Olympics, has a combined prize value of over $80,000. First prize has a value of $25,000, and consists of a $10,000 cheque, courtesy of Epson Israel, plus a three-week diving safari for two in Papua New Guinea.

Oren Fleisher, National Sales and Marketing Manager Epson Israel, and a certified diver, commented: "As an environmentally-aware company that takes part in community life, it was very easy for us to be connected with the Red Sea event. Taking into consideration the colourful scenery, the action and the joy of viewing the photos, the link to Epson seems natural".

This year, the Epson Red Sea event will be divided into two main categories: Images of the World and Eilat Shoot Out. Photographers can enter the Images of the World category with images that they shot at any time, anywhere in the world. Photographs submitted to the Eilat Shoot Out category must be taken in Eilat between 10th-12th November 2009. The categories were specially created for professional underwater photographers, underwater videographers and amateurs.

On 1st November, eight days before the Epson Red Sea 2009 competition begins, divers worldwide will be voting for the Fish of the Year on the Epson Red Sea 2009 competition website. Five expert marine biology professors will each nominate their chosen fish species describing why they think it deserves the title of Fish of the Year. All divers will then be invited to vote for the fish they feel deserves the title.

The winning fish will then serve as a subject for the 11 photographers in the Winning & Donating category, who will have to gather a portfolio of five pictures of the Fish of the Year. The most creative, original, professional and diverse portfolio will win $5,000 for a special environmental and conservation project chosen by the Epson Red Sea production team, as well as a diving safari for two in the Fiji Islands with NAI'A luxury sailing live-aboard, courtesy of the Pacific Islands Travel, valued at $6,200.
For further information, competitions rules, prizes, accommodation and dive packages, please visit the Eilat Red Sea website
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