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Expanded contest hours - Fri 7AM to Sat 7PM
Backscatter party on Saturday night at 6PM
Pro guest speakers Richard Salas and
Mike Bartick on Sunday



First time underwater shooters will enjoy our introductory seminars held on Friday. All skill levels will get inspired with our more advanced seminars held on Sunday. Come meet fellow enthusiasts and learn from our professional presenters.


You don't need to be a pro to have fun and win big in our friendly competition. You just need to get in the water this weekend. Our 32 hour photo and video competition has categories for beginner, intermediate, and advanced shooters with great prizes from our sponsors. All competition entrants must register for a full weekend pass to enter.

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  Monterey Bay images from some of our past competitors.


Monterey diving is second to none when the conditions are right. We can't control the weather, but we can help you find good dive boats, great dives, and places to stay during your visit. You'll also find all event locations at this link.


Richard Salas Richard Salas

RICHARD SALAS is a California native. He graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography in 1979, where he was first introduced to diving and underwater photography. During his last year and a half of school he was mentored by Ernest Brooks II.

Richard has been working professionally in digital media for over twenty years. His unique approach to bringing out the texture and depth of his underwater subjects is informed by his years of experience lighting products and people.

He has authored three coffee table books, "Sea of Light, Underwater Photography of California's Channel Islands", "Blue Visions, Underwater Photography from the Mexican Border to the Equator" and "Luminous Sea Underwater Photography from Washington to Alaska".

Richard makes his living as a photographer in Santa Barbara, CA, where he lives with his wife Rebecca his youngest son Richard and two cats Nemo and Martin.

Richard's mission is to take the viewer through a marine biosphere where humanity's impact is an undeniable force. While many new endemic species are discovered every year, others have disappeared from it completely. The striking power of Richard's images radiates the light of unique vitality that resides in every organism he encounters.
Mike Bartick Mike Bartick

Mike is a Marine Wildlife Photographer and Photo-Pro based in Anilao Philippines. He has an insatiable love for finding unique animal life, observing and photographing animal behavior and sharing his insight and knowledge with others. His curiosity and drive for first-hand experience has lead him across the globe in search of that special critter encounter.

Mike is widely published with work appearing monthly in international magazines, websites and internet publications. He also hosts photo clinics and seminars concentrating on the different aspects of Underwater Photography and the natural history of South East Asia and the Indo-Pacific. Publications include but are not limited to:
Sport Diver
Sport Diver Asia Pacific
Alert Diver Magazine
Action Asia
Undersea Journal
X-Ray Magazine
Academic work includes Octopus Strangulation- Calif. Academy Science Huffard/Bartick
Nudibranchs of the Indo-Pacific-Support team Calif. Academy of Science 2010
Mike is regarded as an expert in his field and enjoys being in the water as much as possible and agrees that the next best thing to being there, is talking about it

See some of his work at www.saltwaterphoto.com or look him up on Facebook!
Berkley White Berkley White

Berkley White is the founder of Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo which has grown to be the largest underwater photographic equipment supplier is the USA. Since 1994, Backscatter helped develop a community of local cold water divers and has now spent years supporting a thriving tribe of international artists, film makers, and first time shooters from its locations in Monterey, California and Derry, New Hampshire in the USA. For more about Backscatter or articles on equipment and techniques, please see: http://www.backscatter.com Berkley's images and technical articles are regularly published in international magazines and he regularly serves a photographic judge or technical editor on publications. He is also a major promoter for educational events designed for both industry and consumer users such as the Digital Shootout and the DEMA Imaging Center. To learn more about his intensive educational events, please see: http://www.thedigitalshootout.com. Berkley runs a limited schedule of exotic photo safaris each year. From the warm diverse waters of Indonesia to the cold adventure of Alaska, Berkley's shared adventures are always scheduled to be at the best time with the best local knowledge for image makers. For a complete schedule of events, please see his travel company: http://www.underexposures.com.
Jim Decker Jim Decker

As the CEO of Backscatter, Jim is one of the top experts in the world on underwater photo and video equipment and shooting technique. From SLRs to compacts and handycams to broadcast video, Jim has shot video and photo systems from all the major underwater manufacturers and has been a consultant on many of the designs seen in the water today. Jim has also consulted with many professional photographers, production companies, resorts, and magazines including Mythbusters, Discovery Channel, Sport Diver Magazine, Scuba Diving Magazine, Into The Drink, National Geographic, Freshwaters Illustrated, and many more.
Joel Penner Joel Penner

Joel is the founder of Newmediasoup, LLC, a multimedia and event coverage company based in Oakland, CA. He also provides multimedia projects for Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo and is a part of their digital media team. Joel was an early adopter of the use of DSLR cameras for shooting high definition underwater video and currently shoots 4K Ultra High Definition video as part of his business. He is also an active product tester for Backscatter assisting with underwater video camera testing and video editing for new products. Joel strives to digitally capture sea life and habitats that are both inspiring and captivating. Joel is on staff at The Digital Shootout, an annual, week-long workshop for underwater photographers and videographers, designed to take one's skills to the next level.
Dan Baron Dan Baron

Dan Baron is founder of NatureFootage, a stock video agency representing over 400 leading nature cinematographers worldwide. Dan has over 20 years in the media industry, including roles as cinematographer, video editor, and producer. Dan provides a wealth of knowledge and experience in the stock footage industry, with a specialty in digital asset management, Ultra HD and 4K+ formats and workflows, online preview and delivery, and the branding and marketing of premium stock footage collections. Dan holds a Master's Degree in Marine Biology and is passionate about habitat and wildlife conservation.
Chuck Davis Chuck Davis

From the freezing climes of Antarctica and Greenland to the heat and humidity of the Amazon, Chuck Davis has worked as a specialist in marine and underwater photography and cinematography. His motion picture filming credits include work on several IMAX films, including RING OF FIRE (underwater lava scenes), WHALES, THE GREATEST PLACES, AMAZING JOURNEYS, SEARCH FOR THE GREAT SHARKS, and two Academy Award-nominated IMAX films, ALASKA: SPIRIT OF THE WILD and THE LIVING SEA(underwater/marine scenes of Monterey Bay).
Scott Campbell Scott Campbell

Out of reach and out of sight for many, the underwater world comes alive through the ethereal black and white images of world class freediver Scott Campbell. Campbell's breath hold skills allow him to approach marine subjects differently than photographers that rely on SCUBA. All of Scott's work is captured on a breath of air, commonly called Freediving. Scott spent 5 years competing on the US Freediving Team and set numerous records for depth and duration. He has held his breath for over seven and a half minutes and can dive to 200 feet. These skills, coupled with his photography background, produce work that is unique to the blue water environment.
Russ Sanoian Russ Sanoian

Russ Sanoian is the product manager at Backscatter and a freelance underwater and nature videographer based in Monterey, California. Russ has extensive use with most of the current manufacturers video and still housings being offered in todays market.

Russ has been diving closed circuit rebreathers and underwater scooters for the last 10 years and entered the industry as a lead technical sales person with Light & Motion. Russ joined Backscatter as product manager where he constantly evaluates the latest camera technology and blends imaging techniques with the art of technical diving. Russ is well known in the diving industry as a great educator and mentor of new photographers and technical divers and is always available for imaging and technical support.

Russ's film credits include PBS expeditions to the Andrea Doria, CBC "The Nature of Things", DPTV "Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes", BBC "Life" series and "Million Dollar Otters", Local Television shows and several projects in the cenotes of Mexico and freshwater caves in Florida.

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