Red Sea Fiesta

Red Sea Fiesta

The photography competition “EPSON Red Sea 2010” was held in Eilat, Israel for the sixth year in a row.  The event that became known as the “Olympics of underwater photography,” is a joint initiative of the Yam diving magazine and the IDIVE website.   The living soul behind the competition is David Philosoff, one of the world’s pioneers in underwater nude photography p85 photographers from all over the world had arrived for three days in Eilat.   The total amount of prizes had reached $80,000. The grand winner of the contest was Mark Fuller, who won $10,000 and a 3-day trip to Papua, New Guinea.   The vast majority of photos were done with underwater flashes.   A professional underwater photography kit would cost between $5000 and $15,000.  The equipment usually includes an elaborate underwater housing that fits specific cameras and artificial lighting.   Most photographers install snoots on their flashes in order to produce artificial light that can focus on their subjects.   The dives are always done in pairs and sometimes at night.  This year’s “fish of the year” was the lionfish.