5th Annual Manta Fest Photo Festival
Yap, Micronesia
August 27th-11th, 2011

Come rub elbows with the top underwater shooters in the world, experience great diving and have lots of fun.

The intention is for Manta Fest to evolve into an island-wide celebration involving other hotels and dive shops but for now, The Manta Ray Bay Resort is taking the lead in trying to establish this fun educational program where everyone is a winner.

Photo & Video Pros • Seminars • Photo Contest • Daily Presentations

A professional digital still photographer and videographer, will be here to help our guests with any of their photographic and video needs. There will be nightly presentations on the big outdoor screen on Mnuw as well as individual classroom seminars in the afternoons. The pros will also compile a presentation from our guests efforts to show on the last day with awards given to those participating.

Official Fringe Event of the 2011 Underwater Festival™

2011 Underwater Festival

Manta Ray Bay Resort is one of the major official Fringe Event locations of the upcoming 2011 Underwater Festival™, where thousands of photographers from around the world will participate in a 10 day underwater snapshot of the Australasia region. This event aims to highlight the 'underwater beauty and the issues' of our fantastic bioregion and show the world what we have to lose.

During the Underwater Festival™ period in early September 2011, Manta Ray Bay Resort itself will host a number of well know underwater photographers and naturalists such as Tim Rock and Marty Snyderman during the annual Manta Fest.

As part of the Underwater Festival, you can dive your local favourite spots, go out with your dive club or shore dive with your buddy - or travel and join in of of the many Underwater Festival Fringe Events that will be happening all over Australasia. Basically everyone will have 10 days to shoot - 2nd to 11th of September 2011.

The 2011 Festival with culminate at ODEX 2011 in Brisbane where the best 100 entries will be presented as a major feature of the show and there will be a mini Underwater Film Festival. Any operators that wish to become involved in the 2011 Underwater Festival and/or ODEX 2011, please email the organizers.

2011 Photo Contest

Various categories:

  • Mantas/Sharks
  • Macro
  • Behavior
  • Reef Scenics
  • Land/Culture and People.

Lots of great prizes:

  • Grand prize in each category is going to be a 7 night/5 dive day trip back to Yap and the Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers.
  • 2nd Place in each category will be a copy of Tim Rock’s great photo album about Yap (a $120 value).
  • 3rd Place will be tee shirts, mask straps, ... etc.).

2011 Photo Contest Winners

Best of Show / Sharks
- Shark Face!

Judy Bennett

First Place / Culture
- Stick Dance Girl

Judy Bennett

First Place / Macro
- Spotted Coral Crab

Judy Bennett

First Place / Reef
- Reef Wave

Audrey Voronin

First Place / Mantas & Sharks
- Manta Movement

Daniel Flormann

Photo & Video Pros for Manta Fest 2011!

Photo of Tim Rock

Tim Rock

Award-winning digital photographer and writer. Pacific Photojournalist


Mantafest 2011!

Photo of Marty Snyderman

Marty Snyderman

Marty Snyderman is a still photographer, film producer, author and speaker specializing in the marine environment.


Mantafest 2011!

Photo of Frank Schneider

Frank Schneider

Travel Reporter & Underwater Photographer


Mantafest 2011!

Photo of Ray Bullion

Ray Bullion

Mantafest 2011!

Manta Fest Highlights

Manta-Fest '08 | Manta-Fest '09 | Manta-Fest '10 | Manta-Fest '11 | Manta-Fest '12 | Manta-Fest '13 | Manta-Fest '14