Ambon, the capital of Maluku Province, Indonesia is to host 2 big photography events on May 2011. Maluku Underwater Photo Competition (MUPC) 2011 is going to be held on May 5-7, mainly sponsored by Garuda Indonesia. On the following week, there will be Dell Ambonesia Photography Competition, May 14-17.
Garuda Indonesia as Indonesia’s flagship airline has a great concern on Maluku, as they open 1 daily flight which serves Jakarta and Ambon, the capital of the province. Maluku’s underwater world is well-known to divers as underwater paradise in The Spice Islands. MUPC 2011 provides a total prizes of IDR 35 million for 3 winners. The prizes also include Jakarta-Singapore vv and Jakarta-Amsterdam vv flight ticket.
Admission fee for MUPC 2011 is IDR 4,750,000 which includes return flight ticket Jakarta-Ambon, 4D/3N accommodation in twin-sharing basis, shuttle service hotel to dive sites, boat, divemasters, tanks and lunch. Participants are obligated to show a valid diving license, with Advanced Open Water license as minimum grade. Participants presence in technical meeting on May 5, 2011 in Ambon is also mandatory.
On land, there will also be a must-attend Ambonesia Photography Competition (APC) 2011, sponsored by Dell. The itinerary includes various interesting photography sites and subjects. There are Natsepa Beach, Liang Beach, Pintu Kota and Cape Latuhalat which are must-visit beaches in the island. Participants will also attend the annual Pattimura Festival, Bambu Gila (crazy bamboo) attraction, and to visit clove-ship building yard.
Admission fee for APC 2011 is IDR 3,990,000 which includes return flight ticket Jakarta-Ambon, accommodation in twin-sharing basis, local transport and meals. Admission to local attractions is also included. There are 2 categories: DSLR and pocket camera. Total prize for both categories is IDR 65 million.
Please visit official websites of the respective organizers for more information. In Twitter, follow @mupc_diving for MUPC 2011 and follow @wondersofmaluku for APC 2011.
I will attend both events as jury.
Find additional info and discussion of both events in Fotografer.net:
Maluku Underwater Photo Competition 2011 in Fotografer.net
Dell Ambonesia Photography Competition 2011 in Fotografer.net