Slip on your goggles for this underwater adventure
Underwater photography seems best left to the professionals – but an event in Sodwana Bay aims to change all that
During the iSimangaliso Sodwana Bay Shootout (22 – 27 May) you’ll have five days to splash about and shoot whatever you like, whether snorkelling or diving – from clams to crayfish, dolphins to starfish. (There’s also a land category for those who prefer their holiday photography on dry ground.) At the end of the five days, you submit a portfolio of your best photos to the judges. Even though it’s traditionally been monopolised by professional underwater photographers, the little guys have a shot too in the
novice and intermediate categories. There’s even a prize for the most species of nudibranchs captured on camera. An entry fee of R300 confirms you one submission; if at the end of the shootout you’d like to enter more images, you pay extra. Thirty per cent of the proceeds go to the Rare & Endangered Species Fund, and this year’s competition has around R200 000’s worth of prizes. But five days of spotting turtles, looking for morays and exploring Sodwana’s 50 kilometres of reef is really its own reward. There’s a range of accommodation, including Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s log cabins and campsites, as well as a couple of private lodges and 14 dive operators in the park.