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.
Jim Decker - Getting the most from your camera for Registered Beginners
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.
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.
The Monterey Shootout is an underwater photo competition focused on fun, education, and the goal is to inspire new underwater image-makers. NCUPS has been running this weekend long event for 35 years. Are you new to underwater photography or Monterey diving? Come meet a supportive group of die-hard Monterey divers, learn new shooting techniques in our shooting seminars, and maybe even discover a new dive site. Our friendly shooting competition not only rewards advanced shooters with amazing prizes, but also bestows fantastic prizes to the newest shooters in the ranks. Add in a cocktail party supported by our sponsors and this is a weekend worth booking a flight and a hotel room to attend. The Monterey Shootout is open to all amateur photographers and/or videographers. Industry professionals, including those who lead photo trips, or refer to themselves as a "Professional Underwater Photographer" are not eligible to compete in the Monterey Shootout.