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And the winner is...

OZTek and Nikon Australia are very pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Nikon Dive Portfolio of the Year …

First Place: Tammy Gibbs

Congratulations, Tammy has won the new Nikon D850 Camera valued at $5,295.
For more information on this prize go here or to see all portfolios click here


Second Place: Luke Baade
Luke has won a Divers Alert Network Prize pack valued at $300 - for information on the prize click here



Third Place: Ross Gudgeon
Ross won an OZTek t-shirt and VIP Gold Pass to OZTek2019

The winning images and all the Nikon Portfolio images can be admired on the OZTek website  


See them at the 
Ocean Film Festival Australia ...

Designed to mesmerise and enthral, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.

This carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.

Screening in Sydney THIS WEEK and NEXT WEEK only. 
Seymour Centre and Hayden Orpheum. then visiting 24 cities around Australia

Get your tickets at:

 The Nikon Dive Portfolio will be displayed at the following Ocean Film Festival Australia venues:

 March 8th  Home of the Arts   Gold Coast QLD 
 March 9th & 10th  Seymour Centre  Sydney NSW
 March 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th  Capri Cinema  Adelaide SA
 March 17th  State Theatre Centre  Perth WA
 March 21st  The Astor, St Kilda  Melbourne VIC
 March 22nd  Tower Cinemas  Newcastle NSW
 April 16th, 17th, 18th  Powerhouse  Brisbane QLD

The First Face of America

Remember Alberto Nava?

Alberto kept audiences glued to their seats at OZTek2015 when he told of the Hoyo Negro (Black Hole) discovery - a very special cenotes in the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula.

Hoyo Negro is an intense chamber inside an underwater cave system. The chamber was dry at the end of the Pleistocene, formed by hundreds of centuries of climate change as the sea level varied more than 100m, allowing the large pit to form on the upper layer of the karst covering the east side of the Peninsula. 

The bottom of Hoyo Negro contained many bones of more than 26 different animals including several Ice-Age megafauna, along the bones of a young girl who lived 13,000 years ago, eventually named Naia.

Alberto will be at OZTek2019 to follow up on this incredible journey and bring us the dramas of their continued explorations. 

To get a glimpse of the project, NOVA is showing a documentary tomorrow night; 'The First Face of Americacovers the exploration of Hoyo Negra and Naia. 

To see the trailer go to:

But if you miss it, remember to book tickets and catch Alberto and the Hoyo Negro story live at OZTek2019

Alberto Nava inside Hoyo Negro
Hoya Negro by Roberta Chavez

Only 13 months away, OZTek2019, the only Australian bi-annual one-stop adventure into the dynamic world of diving, will be bringing the world’s greatest divers to the centre of Sydney, Darling Harbour. Impossible to replicate, get ready to absorb the excitement, discover new adventures and destinations, learn new possibilities and have a heap of fun.

NOT just awesome presenters ... the OZTek2019 Dive & Travel Exhibition will be overflowing with diving equipment, travel, toys and training. A must-visit event for any diver keen to learn, be entertained, be inspired and kept abreast of the latest diving trends, equipment innovations and travel destinations. For exhibitors already booked click here.

When:  March 16-17, 2019    Where:  International Convention Centre Sydney, Darling Harbour

Jill Heinerth amazing crowds at OZTek2017 Over 40 awesome diving giants speak at OZTek every 2 years  Paul Toomer talking expedition diving at OZTek2017 Hoya Negro with Alberto Nava, an OZTek2019 Speaker Alberto Nava by Alberto Chavez in Hoyo Negro Simon Mitchell at OZTek2017

The OZTek2019 Conference - All about the Adventures

Every two years, over 40 Diving Giants arrive down-under to share their discoveries, adventures, achievements, personal journeys and blow us away with what’s possible.

Each presenter brings unique, exciting (often sobering) topics heard first at OZTek. These seriously extraordinary divers, at the top of their careers, provoke awe, provide knowledge, improve methodology and above all, entertain. 

Dive Adventures at OZTek2017 Rodney Fox Great White Shark Expeditions at OZTek2017 Scubapix at OZTek2017 OZTek2017 Dive & Travel Exhibition Shearwater at OZTek2017 Wakatobi at OZTek2017 Halcyon & Santi at OZTek2017

OZTek2019 Dive & Travel Show 

As well as incredible stories - there is SO MUCH to experience – travel destinations, liveaboards, Australian adventures, new innovations, equipment, training, photography (cameras, housings, strobes, lenses…), dive instruments, compressors, wet & dry suits ... the list is too long to write!

It's early days, so, for up-to-date news visit our Exhibitors' page 

Photographic Exhibition at OZTek2017 Photographic Competition winners at OZTek2017 Alison Perkins winner of Marine Life & Diver Category Photographic workshops in the Imaging Centre Pushing the Envelope Exhibition at OZTek2017 Maya Santangelo Marine life category OZTek2017

OZTek2019 Image Centre 

Improving on the successful inaugural photographic workshops (with all the lessons learned in 2017...). There will be more to learn and admire from our talented professional photographers and videographers. Plus the Underwater Photographic Competition Winners Exhibition from 2018 & 2019. (2018 competition soon to be launched). Underwater inspiration to get you in the water and reaching for your cameras.

NB: All photos thanks to Vivian Matson-Larkin & Lindsay Preece unless otherwise stated

OZTek Diving Conference & Exhibition is much more than just another dive show; it's a dynamic event focused on excitement and tomorrow's diving possibilities.

For all up-to-date information go to: 

Remember 2018 Nikon Dive Portfolio of the Year ends Jan 31


Nikon D850 - First Prize    Nikon 100 years         
2018 Nikon Dive Portfolio of the Year
U/W Photographic Competition


The Nikon Dive Portfolio of the Year is a collection of six (6) images providing a range of techniques over numerous categories showcasing the photographer's breath of skill.

Winning portfolios will be displayed in Australia's capital cities as part of the 2018 Ocean Film Festival in March & April 2018 AND at OZTek2019, ICC Sydney, March 16/17, 2019.

Judges will be looking for the following criteria when choosing the 2018 Nikon Portfolio of the Year:

‘The Nikon Dive Portfolio needs to demonstrate clarity of vision and artistic intent to produce an inspirational body of work from a minimum of three out of five standard OZTek Underwater Photography Competition categories. Portfolio images should show breadth of skill with different underwater photography styles (e.g. wide angle, macro etc.), lighting techniques and subject matter while illustrating the passion, dedication and expertise needed to create a consistent collection of captivating images’.

Click here for details on the 2018 Nikon Dive Portfolio of the Year 

 Anders Nyberg 2017 winner of the Nikon Dive Portfolio of the Year  Tracey Jennings - 2nd place in the 2017 Nikon Dive Portfolio of the Year   


2018 Nikon Dive Portfolio of the Year Prizes:

First Place Portfolio receives a Nikon D850 camera body valued at $5,250  Details here

Second Place receives a Divers Alert Prize pack valued at $300 including: 
  • DAN AP Individual Membership for one year
  • DAN Master Plan Treatment Insurance for one year
  • DAN Gear Bag
  • DAN Surface Marker Buoy
  • DAN Book Pack          Details here

Third Place receives a Gold Pass to OZTek2019 valued at $275

Competition registration opens December 1st, 2017 and closes January 31st, 2018

Competition details and Registration Here

Click here for all 2017 winning portfolios, as well as all 2017 competition entries

Happy Christmas & New Year from us to you!

Wishing everyone a fun filled holiday with lots of diving and relaxation!

Watch out in 2018 as we ramp up information on OZTek2019 
... exploratory tales of adventure, science, travel ...

OZTek2017 Winner of the Cave Category - Alison Perkins

It's too good!

plus Exhibitors with new technologies, equipment, training and innovation.

But for now, enjoy the madness, relax in the break and prepare for an awesome 2018!

New details on speaker & exhibitor
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