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4th Annual Kona Underwater Shootout

May 24 - 27, 2019 

Join your fellow underwater photography and videography nuts in a quick 46 hour contest. Compete for top prizes from our generous sponsors. Take advantage of Kona's beautiful backdrop and let the creative options flow with clear water and a variety of marine life and environment types to choose from. Take part in the afterparty and awards ceremony. Join in the seminars after the contest hosted by top image producers on a vareity of topics and niches.

kona underwater shootout medals


  • Wide Angle
  • Natural Light
  • Black Water
  • Compact
  • Macro
  • Model
  • Video

Grand Prize Winner 2018 - Chuck Babbitt

Video Category Winner 2018 - Ryan Brennan



Previous Shootouts

- Official Contest Rules -

* A portion of the proceeds will go to the Malama Kai Foundation for protecting our reefs

$2000 was donated in 2018!


Photography Judges

Videography Judges

Underwater Videography Courses

Pete Lightowler
Da Vinci Resolve Master Instructor


May 21-22 - Color Correction using DaVinci Resolve @ Kona Honu Divers

May 23 - Video Shooting Techniques Workshop $199
Covering topics like shooting a sequence, different angles, composition and much much more . . .

This is your chance to learn the tricks of the trade!

email Pete for details


Friday May 24th - Opening Ceremony 6:00pm 1st Pavilion @ Old Airport Park
Saturday - Shoot! shoot! shoot!
Sunday - Photos must be entered by 5:00pm
Sunday Evening - 5:30pm Casual dinner and meet your fellow photogs @ Kona Honu Divers
Monday AM - Educational Seminars 9am-4pm @ Kona Honu Divers
Monday PM - 4pm Grand Prize Ceremony and Social @ My Bar

Seminar Schedule

Monday May 27 @ Kona Honu Divers Classroom

9am -
10am -
11am - Bo Pardau - Muck Diving "What's up with that?"
12pm - Renee Capozzola - Reefscape Shooting
1pm - 
2pm -
3pm -

4pm Awards Ceremony - @ My Bar - Just down the road from the dive shop