In search of the next Jacques Cousteau

Nearly nonstop from 1966 to 1982, famed French underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau captivated television audiences in America, his cameras revealing life beneath the sea. He inspired many a landlubber to take up diving, pick up a camera and plunge into the big blue sea. There are few places better to do that than Bonaire. Protected waters, pristine reefs and a biggest fish population in the Caribbean, no wonder Bonaire is a top destination for underwater photographers.  This year, Scuba Diving Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards voted Bonaire the number one destination for underwater photography.

Which is one reason the Digital Shootout was headed back to Bonaire to stage its underwater imaging workshop. This year’s event was once again at the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort recently during June 22-29, 2013.  We’re happy to say that the event was fully booked this year.  Find out the winners from this year’s event at! And be sure to put this annual event on your bucket list of vacation experiences.  It’s a must! And you won’t have to wait long. It’s been at the Divi Flamingo seven times in the past eleven years.

The Digital Shootout consists of six days of diving and seminars, designed to help novice or intermediate shutterbugs take their underwater picture taking to the next level.  The full schedule includes dives in the morning, classes in the afternoon and then free play and total relaxation at night.  Is it education or vacation?  It’s both.

The Digital Shootout give participants something more to do with their vacation pictures than merely posting them to Facebook.  The Digital Shootout awards $30,000 in prize money to class participants.  It’s worth a shot, right?

You can release your inner Jacques Cousteau with Divi Dive Bonaire at Divi Flamingo Beach Resort any time of year, of course. (There’s always a good vacation package.) The Divi Dive staff knows the best places around the island for underwater picture taking.  Night dives are also available.  And, a few of the staff members are pretty experienced shutterbugs themselves and are happy to offer pointers.

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