Just getting back from a terrific week at Cathy Church's 2013 Photo Fest! First off the event is well organized and the attention to detail is obvious. Photo Fest is a week long event of shooting macro and wide-angle scenes, seminars, and individual time with the photo pros to review and critique images. The group is divided into several teams so folks with similiar camera gear are on the same boat; it provides an excellent chance to discuss techniques amongst peers. You are well informed on the shooting day what the assignment is: macro or wide angle; which I like a lot. I can set up my system in my room without having to open it on the boat to make changes. The Photo Centre crew on the boats include Cathy Church, Jon, Tee, and Diana; Tony and CJ were on shore providing support. The chief organizer is Jenn who does an excellent job of keeping everyone organized and being where they need to be at the right time. After the diving day, the afternoon is filled with seminars and one-on-one time with the photo pros. The seminars are well done with lots of very useful info. At the end of the day, you have time to download photos and get your system setup for the next day. If you a starting underwater photographer or have been shooting for a while, I think you would find the event a lot of fun and beneficial to tuning your photo skills. Photo Fest is not all work, there is also some social time. The event starts with a Happy Hour and Orientation of the week ahead; the snacks are quite tasty. This year we had a pasta night at the Grand Old House and that was really quite tasty. The event ends with a bar-b-que and presentation of the awards for the various categories; which is well staged to show the work done by the photogarphers. The people attending the event are also a lot of fun; it is typical of divers on the first day not knowing each other and becoming friends by the end of the day. The social interaction is lots of fun with returning photographers and new ones joining the experience; it is really tough to stay a stranger long. The event is staged out of Sunset House which is a pleasant experience with nice comfortable rooms. For food there is the Sea Harvest Restuarant and MyBar, both with very tasty fare. I have attended the event for the last three years and really like the experience; I can't wait for next years Photo Fest!
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