Lord Howe Island Underwater Photo Week with Scott Portelli

Lisa and Aaron from Pro Dive Lord Howe Island invite you join them and  Prize Winning and Renown Photographer Scott Portelli for this very popular Special Interest Tour for keen underwater photographers and those just starting out 3 to 12 June, 2018

  • Return flights from Sydney
  • Airport transfers
  • 9 nights accommodation staying at Leanda Lei Apartments
  • 10 Dive Package
  • Night DiveDive gear (please consider bringing a wetsuit thicker than 5.5mm if you feel the cold. We stock 5.5mm wetsuits and 3mm vests)
  • Morning refreshments on dive days (tea, coffee, biscuits, soup)
  • Dinner (2 course) at Anchorage Restaurant on arrival day 
  • BBQ Dinner after night dive
  • Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Golf Club

About Lord Howe Island
Less than a two hour flight from Sydney and Brisbane lies one of the worlds most beautiful islands.
Lord Howe is at the crossroads of many currents resulting in a melting pot of tropical species and southern pelagics. A local census puts the number of fish species at 590 and different corals at 94. Popular dive sites including the Admiralty Islands are only a 15 minute boat trip from PRO DIVE's Boat Shed. The Admiralty Islands are home to over 30 dive sites with a group of  volcanic formations of large pinnacles, coral reef walls and large schools of fish. Dive depths are from 15 to 40 meters, with an average of  20 to 30 meters visibility. The Island itself is an unhurried, uncrowded place that is relaxing and carefree while offering a host of activities. Transportation amounts to 130 vehicles, 90 motorbikes and 600 bicycles.To give you an idea of the pace of life, the speed limit is 25kph!



  • Wide
  • Macro
  • Black & white
  • Video (under 2 mins)
  • Endemic species
  • Split (Over/under shot)
  • Portraits
  • Behaviour
  • Portfolio
  • Creative/fine art


The final list of prizes will be published on the competition website only on May 31st, 2018. Prizes published prior to this date may vary and cannot be considered as final. Dive safaris and trips awarded, as prizes may not include air travel, taxes and other expenses, unless stated otherwise by the relevant sponsor. Prizes do not include shipment and potential import tax fees in the respective home countries of participants. For the sake of eliminating possible misunderstandings, at the time of the winning ceremony, only symbolic vouchers or letters will be awarded to the winners. The actual prize will be awarded later, in accordance with the respective sponsor.

Use of Photographs

By participating in the competition, participants agree that the submitted photos and videos in all categories may be used or reproduced for the media coverage of this event and for the promotion of future competitions in all media channels, including TV, Internet, written publications and more.
Competition organisers reserve the right to make use of images and videos submitted to the competition for the purpose of publishing a competition album, calendars, and any other use that promotes future competitions or found useful by the production.
Submitted materials shall indefinitely remain in the producers' archives without the requirement of further permission for usage.
Photo and video credits will be given to the photographer when applicable.
Submission of materials and participation in the competition entails an automatic acceptance of all the above.
Use of images as described above will require no additional written or verbal permissions from the photographer.



  • 9 Nights Accomodation at Leanda Lei Studio - Twin Share
  • Airport Transfers
  • 10 Boat Dives
  • Full Gear Hire
  • In - Water Dive Guides
  • Dive with Scott Portelli
  • Return airfares with Qantas Link from Sydney
  • Dinner at the Anchorage Restaurant on the first night at the island
  • BBQ after a night dive at Ned's Beach during the week
  • Gala Dinner and Presentation Night is included to present the winners
  • Prizes to Win

  • Meals other than specified
  • Travel Insurance
  • Diver Emergency Insurance
  • Must have your own camera equipment
  • Nitrox Fill Package also available (POA) - must have enriched air certification

Competition Rules

  • Only images taken between the 3rd – 9th June 2018 will be eligible for entry in the competition
  • Competition submissions will need to be provided to the organisers by 9am on the 10th June 2018
  • Upon submitting images to the competition, participants confirm their agreement with these rules and regulations
  • All competition categories are open to all participants
  • Participants can enter up to 3 images in each category, but no more than 20 images in total across all categories
  • Images submitted to any of the categories should comply with all category requirements, as described in details on the Competition Categories page
  • Images submitted to the competition may be taken during day or night
  • Images submitted to the competition must be taken either underwater or half-half
  • Participants must shoot in RAW format in addition to corresponding JPEG files (please consult with the organisers upon registration if this option is not available for you)
  • Minor enhancements of photos using imaging software, such as colour, contrast enhancements and backscatter removal, minimal cropping are permitted. Image editing that alters the main content of the photo, such as removing objects and/or implanting foreign elements, is not permitted
  • Any photo revealed as being altered will be disqualified and the photographer himself/herself may also be disqualified. The organisers and the judges have the authority to determine whether a photo has been manipulated according to their judgment
  • During the Lord Howe Island Shootout event, the first judgment phase will take place, resulting with 10 finalists images within each category
  • Participants who have reached these semi-final stages will be asked to provide original image files in RAW and JPEG. Note that these files are requested for validation purposes and participants who fail to provide these original files as requested will be disqualified
  • All Lord Howe Island Shootout winners will be announced at the Gala dinner ceremony, which takes place on Sunday 9th June 2018
  • It is absolutely forbidden to make any kind of barters between photographers and to submit photos in one's own name but which another  photographer has taken. The competition is conducted individually and rules of ethics must be adhered to

Travelling to Lord Howe Island

Departing From Sydney with Qantas Link
QF2254 03 June  Sydney to Lord Howe Island departing 7.00am arriving 9.30am
QF2261 12 June  Lord Howe Island to Sydney departing 2.45pm arriving 4.25pm

Accommodation Stay

Leanda Lei Apartments, located on Middle Beach Road, Lord Howe
Unit Type:  Self Contained Studio Units and can accommodate a maximum of 2 in either or twin or double share.
All Bedding and Towels are provided.
This Family owned property offers great facilties to host Scott's Workshops and share communal areas for everyone to catch up each day.
On arrival onto the Island you will be met and transferred to Leanda Lei
Pro Dive Lord Howe will provide all participants a overview of each days' activities . Today the group will Meet in the Conference room at Leanda Lei and you can all look forward to a delicious meal at The Anchorage Restaurant on Sunday evening.

Diving and Workshops
Diving will start on Monday morning and you will already have been advised of check in and dive times. During this week there will also be a night dive and BBQ down at Ned's Beach.

Bookings- available online
All participants will be asked to complete an  tour booking form with booking conditions noted.
A deposit of $500.00 to your position on this great Special Interest Tour with the balance of payment due 70 Days prior.

Travel Insurance
Cancellation and Dive Medical Emergency Travel Insurance is not included in your package price.. Pro Dive Travel offers a plan through SureSave Insurance which covers you for both cancellation and Scuba Diving Activities. You will need to provide insurance information before departure. If you already have insurance, but without cover for scuba diving related activities, we refer you to DAN- Divers Alert Network

Dive Certification
Recommended minimum Certification is Openwater Diver. Don’t forget to bring your Dive Certification, which must be presented at check- in.

Luggage Restrictions
1 Piece  14kg Baggage Allowance- checked luggage
1 Piece 7kg- Cabin Luggage not exceeding 56x36x23cm
1 Piece  14kg can be purchased once a booking has been ticketed.

Dive Equipment
Pro Dive Lord Howe include full gear hire in this package and includes wetsuit (3 or 5mm), regulator with dive computer and an alternate air source, buoyancy vest, mask, fins, snorkel. Not if you really feel the cold, you may want to bring a Hooded Vest or 7mm Wetsuit.

What to Bring
Clothing – casual.  Don’t forget the sunglasses, good sunhat and suntan cream. Personal toiletries which should include tooth brush and tooth paste, antibiotic cream for scratches and aqua ear for use after dives. Shampoo (traveler sizes are handy to have) Light weight towel to use when diving

Cancellation Policy
If the booking is cancelled before final payment is due then a fee of $250 plus any cancellation fees applied by third party operatiors. For cancellations received less than 60 days before departure, after all funds have been paid, a cancellation fee will be charged at the discretion of the different operators used, which could be 100% of funds paid. Cancellation insurance is mandatory on group departures, to be purchased at time of booking.

Please contact travel@prodive.com or call 1 800 820 820 if you require more information


*All Prices are Per Person and Prices may vary depending on Start Dates.

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