Celebrate the Sea Festival


Celebrate the Sea’ festival April 2018, Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Featuring the International Underwater Photography Shoot-Out Competition, one of the richest shoot-outs in the world, from 1-3 April, 2018 in Manado, Bangka and Lembeh, with prizes totalling over $35,000 value in both novice and open categories as part of the Ocean Geographic ‘Celebrate the Sea’ festival. The overall winner will be named ‘Master of the Competition’ with a cash bounty of around USD 5,000. The cash prize for each category winner is around USD 2,000. Competition finale and awards in Singapore on 7 April, 2018.

Dr. Sylvia Earle, ‘Her Deepness’, is heading to Manado for the ‘Celebrate the Sea’ Festival from 31 March to 4 April 2018. Participants*₁ will received a Van Gogh Ocean edition print “Heart of the Reef” personally signed by Dr. Earle and specially created for the festival by Michael AW. Festival packages start from $130 and all-inclusive participating resort packages, including dives, start from around $500.


The mission of the 13thCelebrate the Sea’ festival is to inspire the ban of both single-use plastic and shark fin soup in Manado. By attending the festival, participants effectively become part of the solution, contributing to the preservation of our ocean environment. The festival in Manado will celebrate the splendour and richness of the marine bio-diversity of Bunaken National Marine Park, Bangka Island and the Lembeh Strait, with the underlying objective being to spotlight threats from climate change and pollution, particularly in this remote, Coral Triangle region.

As with previous ‘Celebrate the Sea’ festivals, the lineup of ocean luminaries for 2018 is impressive including ‘Her Deepness’ Dr. Sylvia Earle, producer of a Plastic Ocean Craig Leeson, composer and singer of ‘Song for the Ocean’ Kristin Hoffman, National Geographic photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes, Ocean Geographic science editor Alex Rose, feature editor Gill McDonald and chief editor Evonne Ong. Together with a host of our honorary associates including Howard Shaw, Doug Perrine and Matthew Smith will be an impressive array of scientists, artists, innovators, photographers and passionate marine advocates.


A major festival highlight is the International Underwater Photography Shoot-Out Competition from 1-3 April 2018. Many resorts in the area are supporting the competition bringing attention, along with the diving community, to this beautiful, rich and diverse diving location. The 2018 festival will take place alongside the 5th annual ‘Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year’ competition. A regular feature is also the children’s art competition, aimed at inspiring the energy, enthusiasm and curiosity of the future ambassadors of our planet.

During the festival, Kristin Hoffman will be shooting a new music video for Song for the Ocean’ - https://goo.gl/MVYdPV. All participants are invited to play a part in this production – this is your chance to help inspire great love for our ocean. Find out more at https://goo.gl/wWZ38A

The festival opens at 13:30 on 31 March 2018 in the central Manado Megamall auditorium, with a packed schedule of keynote speakers and presentations up to the opening ceremony at 18:30, also in the Megamall complex and hosted by the Provincial Government of North Sulawesi. The International Underwater Photography Shoot-Out Competition then takes place at local participating resorts from 1-3 April.


On 4 April we relocate to the modern 4* Mercure Tateli Beach Resort with a spectacular view over the Celebes Sea and classic volcano-shape of Manado Tua in Bunaken National Marine Park. Lunch is followed by another round of engaging presentations by our keynote speakers and a display of the finalists in the ‘Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year’ competition. The Manado festival culminates in the closing ceremony and dinner at 18:30, once again hosted by the Provincial Government of North Sulawesi. The exciting finale of the 2018 Celebrate the Sea festival will be in Singapore on Saturday, 7 April at 18:00 at a celebration party and presentation evening involving most of the notable speakers and personalities from Manado. The winners of the International Underwater Photography Shoot-Out Competition and OG Pictures of the Year competitions will be announced and showcased, and the ‘Master of the Competition’ will be named and crowned.

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* The first 100 attendees reserving with Ocean Geographic using the Quick Booking tab at https://goo.gl/9ur2kY will receive a limited edition fine art quality print personally autographed by Dr. Sylvia Earle.  

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