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Fish 'n fashion stars of Red Sea photo contest

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 01:53

October 29 - Dozens of underwater photographers film fish, corals and fashion models in the Eilat Red Sea competition. Sharon Reich reports.

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Dozens of underwater photographers compete for the top spot in this year's Eilat Red Sea shootout. The unique photo contest challenges photographers to combine diving technique and artistic expression. For three days, photographers focus their lenses on fish, fashion and shipwrecks in the Gulf of Eilat. The winning photos can not be altered in any way - and first place takes home a $10 thousand (USD) prize. While Eilat isn't the most popular diving destination in the world, competition organizer David Pilosof says the it's ideal for the contest. SOUNDBITE: David Pilosof, producer fo Eilat Red Sea Competition saying: "Eilat is considered I would say the best spot, or the best dive destination for such a competition because the dive sites that the competitors have to go, they don't need boats or other vehicles to go to. They just step off the beach and they are there." Photographers spent hours searching the seabed for exotic creatures. And some brought the beauty to the sea - which posed its own challenges. Models needed to take gulps of air from a scuba tank held by another diver in between takes and directions could only be given by hand signals. Contestant Mark Fuller took first prize for the Five Best Images category. SOUNDBITE: Contestant Mark Fuller, won first prize for the Five Best Images category, saying (English): "We are in the water doing five times a day, so you're wet the whole day, it's cold at night. You don't sleep very much in the night, because you're constantly thinking about what you are going to do. So it's a lot of pressure if you're taking it really seriously. Very tiring. But it's worth it when you win the prize." A lot of work to capture one moment in time.

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Fish 'n fashion stars of Red Sea photo contest

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 01:53