Sea2001 International UWPhoto Contest entry deadline ($25K of prizes), the first place to look for a dive instructor

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Posted by Charlie Eng on August 19, 2001 at 08:25:36:

Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2001 05:38:33 -0000

August 18, 2001

Dear Fellow Diver:

I want to personally call your attention to a very special award that
will be given to an underwater photographer; maybe you or someone you
know. In case you are not familiar with the history of the Northern
California Underwater Photographic Society, I would like to tell you
how we are trying to bring the past, present and future together.

Bob Hollis of Oceanic was one of the founding members and continues
to be one of our trusted supporters. Bob Commer joined soon after
the club was formed and stayed very active attending meetings and
special functions right up until his death in 1999. A group of the
old timers got together with Bob's family and they set up a trust
fund with the proceeds going towards promoting our annual
international photo competition -- the SEA series.

To kick it off $500 was designated towards a cash prize for this
year and a special plaque will be presented to the ONE PERSON deemed
by the special panel of judges to have demonstrated outstanding
achievement in underwater photography. This year Wakatobi Dive
Center in Sulawesi has contributed a credit voucher for $2,000.00.
In years to come the earnings from the fund will be the cash prize.

Unlike most other competitions where the rules say you cannot have
won more than . . . or earn more than . . .or teach u/w
photography. . . . etc. the Bob Commer award can be won by anyone,
even a professional photographer (what ever that is).

Yes, we have been told "A real professional would never enter a
contest." Maybe/maybe not. However, many of you may in some way,
be a professional but not making a living at it. We decided it would
be easier to administer if we took off all restrictions. All formats
are welcome.

So, here's your chance! Go to and take a look. While
there check us out. Especially look at our sponsor page. We are
very proud of donations provided for our amateur competitors. All
entries received in the various categories will also be eligible for
the Bob Commer award. We are confident that the recipient of this
award will be proud to be named the best of the best.

We will respond to all inquiries. Thank you for your attention.

Harriette Fisher
NCUPS Marketing Manager

PS Deadline for entries (postmarked) is September 14, 2001

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