• Store
  • Printing & Digital Servicing
  • Weddings & Events
    • Cayman Photographers is part of Cathy Church’s Photo Centre. We have been the photo and video experts in the Cayman Islands since 1972. Let us help you capture your special moments in your own personal way.more>>>

      With videography at Cayman Photographers you will receive the finest videos, made with the best equipment available. There is simply no other company in Cayman with our level of expertise in video production. Our video team is led by Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker Tony Mark who is an experienced professionals more>>>

      Cayman Photographers offers photography and videography services throughout the Cayman Islands. If you're looking for a great venue to have your wedding or portraits in Grand Cayman, we are happy to recommend several amazing locations such as the Ritz-Carlton, the Marriott Beach Resort, the Westin Casuarina Resort.... more>>>

  • Classes
    • Above water Photo- and Videography Classes

      Our private, one on one affordable classes at Cathy Church's Photo Centre can help you take your photos and video to the next level.

      Whether you want to learn photography or video, the latest photo or video editing software or advanced techniques like studio lighting, we can customize a lesson for you. Our private instructor, Tony Mark will work with you whether you are a beginner or a pro or somewhere in between.

      If you have a pocket compact camera or the latest in DSLR's or even high end video equipment, we can help you get the most from your camera. Tony's personal hands on method will have you learning skills in no time and utilizing new technology to make your photos and videos look amazing. more>>>

      Under water Photo- and Videography Classes

      Capture your underwater adventure with Cathy Church, the best teacher ever! FUN and EASY!!

      1. Do you teach Land Photography, Underwater photography, Video and Image Editing?

      2. Can I learn with any camera?

      3. What is a class like?

      4. Should I bring samples of my past photos?

      5. Should I learn with Staff or Cathy?

      6. Can I get PADI specialty Certification?

      7. How much does it cost? How do I reserve space?

      8. What type of photos can I expect?

      more >>>

  • About Cathy
    • Cathy's Blog
    • Cathy's Awards
    • Photo Projects
      • Cathy and her team have produced the world's largest underwater photo installation at Grand Cayman's Owen Roberts Airport Baggage Claim area. It covers nine feet high and 145 feet long and is comprised of over 50 photos expertly assembled by Cathy's photoshop guru Charles (CJ) Viggers. CJ spent several all nighters assembling the huge file in time for the printing deadline. Vision Marketing (a local company) printed and installed it.

        more>>>

         

    • Articles
    • Cathy's Biography
      • Cathy's Biography

        About Cathy Church

        As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

        more>>>

        Detailed biography of Cathy Church

    • Cathy's Biography

      About Cathy Church

      As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

      more>>>

      Detailed biography of Cathy Church

  • Environmental Issues
    • Most people do not have the time to lobby, study, fund, and fix our environmental problems. By yourself, your tiny little voice will get lost and misplaced. But when we form massive groups, we can flex enough muscle to fix virtually anything!

      Everyone Should Support Three Environmental Organizations:

      -- One World-Wide  -- One Nation-Wide  -- One Local

      We Cannot Join Them All, So You Must Pick And Choose Your Battles.

      I have personally chosen two battles: stop shark finning and save leatherback turtles. You may choose to protect elephants from poachers, or stop over fishing. But concentrate on one thing and do something -- anything, over and over.

      There is no single cause that is more important than another, as they all work together.

      For shark finning, I support http://www.sharktrust.org, an effective UK group. Many of you contributed to my request for money to install billboards in China where the famous Chinese basketball player Yao Ming is pictured asking everyone to just say no to shark fin soup. We collected enough $20 donations to pay for 100 billboards! This campaign was immensely successful. Collectively that money worked well.

      more>>>

  • About us
  • Contact us
    • How to Contact Us:

      Cathy Church's Photo Centre and Gallery

      P.O. Box 479, Grand Cayman, KY1-1106, CAYMAN ISLANDS

      390 South Church Street, at the Sunset House Hotel

      EMAIL: click here

      Calling from within Cayman: (345)-949-7415

      Calling from the US: (607)-330-3504 connects directly with our Cayman office

      Fax from within the Cayman Islands: 345-949-9770

      Business Hours:

      Mon-Sat: 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun and Public Holidays: closed

       

  • Store
  • Printing & Digital Servicing
  • Weddings & Events
    • Cayman Photographers is part of Cathy Church’s Photo Centre. We have been the photo and video experts in the Cayman Islands since 1972. Let us help you capture your special moments in your own personal way.more>>>

      With videography at Cayman Photographers you will receive the finest videos, made with the best equipment available. There is simply no other company in Cayman with our level of expertise in video production. Our video team is led by Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker Tony Mark who is an experienced professionals more>>>

      Cayman Photographers offers photography and videography services throughout the Cayman Islands. If you're looking for a great venue to have your wedding or portraits in Grand Cayman, we are happy to recommend several amazing locations such as the Ritz-Carlton, the Marriott Beach Resort, the Westin Casuarina Resort.... more>>>

  • Classes
    • Above water Photo- and Videography Classes

      Our private, one on one affordable classes at Cathy Church's Photo Centre can help you take your photos and video to the next level.

      Whether you want to learn photography or video, the latest photo or video editing software or advanced techniques like studio lighting, we can customize a lesson for you. Our private instructor, Tony Mark will work with you whether you are a beginner or a pro or somewhere in between.

      If you have a pocket compact camera or the latest in DSLR's or even high end video equipment, we can help you get the most from your camera. Tony's personal hands on method will have you learning skills in no time and utilizing new technology to make your photos and videos look amazing. more>>>

      Under water Photo- and Videography Classes

      Capture your underwater adventure with Cathy Church, the best teacher ever! FUN and EASY!!

      1. Do you teach Land Photography, Underwater photography, Video and Image Editing?

      2. Can I learn with any camera?

      3. What is a class like?

      4. Should I bring samples of my past photos?

      5. Should I learn with Staff or Cathy?

      6. Can I get PADI specialty Certification?

      7. How much does it cost? How do I reserve space?

      8. What type of photos can I expect?

      more >>>

  • About Cathy
    • Cathy's Blog
    • Cathy's Awards
    • Photo Projects
      • Cathy and her team have produced the world's largest underwater photo installation at Grand Cayman's Owen Roberts Airport Baggage Claim area. It covers nine feet high and 145 feet long and is comprised of over 50 photos expertly assembled by Cathy's photoshop guru Charles (CJ) Viggers. CJ spent several all nighters assembling the huge file in time for the printing deadline. Vision Marketing (a local company) printed and installed it.

        more>>>

         

    • Articles
    • Cathy's Biography
      • Cathy's Biography

        About Cathy Church

        As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

        more>>>

        Detailed biography of Cathy Church

    • Cathy's Biography

      About Cathy Church

      As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

      more>>>

      Detailed biography of Cathy Church

  • Environmental Issues
    • Most people do not have the time to lobby, study, fund, and fix our environmental problems. By yourself, your tiny little voice will get lost and misplaced. But when we form massive groups, we can flex enough muscle to fix virtually anything!

      Everyone Should Support Three Environmental Organizations:

      -- One World-Wide  -- One Nation-Wide  -- One Local

      We Cannot Join Them All, So You Must Pick And Choose Your Battles.

      I have personally chosen two battles: stop shark finning and save leatherback turtles. You may choose to protect elephants from poachers, or stop over fishing. But concentrate on one thing and do something -- anything, over and over.

      There is no single cause that is more important than another, as they all work together.

      For shark finning, I support http://www.sharktrust.org, an effective UK group. Many of you contributed to my request for money to install billboards in China where the famous Chinese basketball player Yao Ming is pictured asking everyone to just say no to shark fin soup. We collected enough $20 donations to pay for 100 billboards! This campaign was immensely successful. Collectively that money worked well.

      more>>>

  • About us
  • Contact us
    • How to Contact Us:

      Cathy Church's Photo Centre and Gallery

      P.O. Box 479, Grand Cayman, KY1-1106, CAYMAN ISLANDS

      390 South Church Street, at the Sunset House Hotel

      EMAIL: click here

      Calling from within Cayman: (345)-949-7415

      Calling from the US: (607)-330-3504 connects directly with our Cayman office

      Fax from within the Cayman Islands: 345-949-9770

      Business Hours:

      Mon-Sat: 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun and Public Holidays: closed

       

  • Store
  • Printing & Digital Servicing
  • Weddings & Events
    • Cayman Photographers is part of Cathy Church’s Photo Centre. We have been the photo and video experts in the Cayman Islands since 1972. Let us help you capture your special moments in your own personal way.more>>>

      With videography at Cayman Photographers you will receive the finest videos, made with the best equipment available. There is simply no other company in Cayman with our level of expertise in video production. Our video team is led by Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker Tony Mark who is an experienced professionals more>>>

      Cayman Photographers offers photography and videography services throughout the Cayman Islands. If you're looking for a great venue to have your wedding or portraits in Grand Cayman, we are happy to recommend several amazing locations such as the Ritz-Carlton, the Marriott Beach Resort, the Westin Casuarina Resort.... more>>>

  • Classes
    • Above water Photo- and Videography Classes

      Our private, one on one affordable classes at Cathy Church's Photo Centre can help you take your photos and video to the next level.

      Whether you want to learn photography or video, the latest photo or video editing software or advanced techniques like studio lighting, we can customize a lesson for you. Our private instructor, Tony Mark will work with you whether you are a beginner or a pro or somewhere in between.

      If you have a pocket compact camera or the latest in DSLR's or even high end video equipment, we can help you get the most from your camera. Tony's personal hands on method will have you learning skills in no time and utilizing new technology to make your photos and videos look amazing. more>>>

      Under water Photo- and Videography Classes

      Capture your underwater adventure with Cathy Church, the best teacher ever! FUN and EASY!!

      1. Do you teach Land Photography, Underwater photography, Video and Image Editing?

      2. Can I learn with any camera?

      3. What is a class like?

      4. Should I bring samples of my past photos?

      5. Should I learn with Staff or Cathy?

      6. Can I get PADI specialty Certification?

      7. How much does it cost? How do I reserve space?

      8. What type of photos can I expect?

      more >>>

  • About Cathy
    • Cathy's Blog
    • Cathy's Awards
    • Photo Projects
      • Cathy and her team have produced the world's largest underwater photo installation at Grand Cayman's Owen Roberts Airport Baggage Claim area. It covers nine feet high and 145 feet long and is comprised of over 50 photos expertly assembled by Cathy's photoshop guru Charles (CJ) Viggers. CJ spent several all nighters assembling the huge file in time for the printing deadline. Vision Marketing (a local company) printed and installed it.

        more>>>

         

    • Articles
    • Cathy's Biography
      • Cathy's Biography

        About Cathy Church

        As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

        more>>>

        Detailed biography of Cathy Church

    • Cathy's Biography

      About Cathy Church

      As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

      more>>>

      Detailed biography of Cathy Church

  • Environmental Issues
    • Most people do not have the time to lobby, study, fund, and fix our environmental problems. By yourself, your tiny little voice will get lost and misplaced. But when we form massive groups, we can flex enough muscle to fix virtually anything!

      Everyone Should Support Three Environmental Organizations:

      -- One World-Wide  -- One Nation-Wide  -- One Local

      We Cannot Join Them All, So You Must Pick And Choose Your Battles.

      I have personally chosen two battles: stop shark finning and save leatherback turtles. You may choose to protect elephants from poachers, or stop over fishing. But concentrate on one thing and do something -- anything, over and over.

      There is no single cause that is more important than another, as they all work together.

      For shark finning, I support http://www.sharktrust.org, an effective UK group. Many of you contributed to my request for money to install billboards in China where the famous Chinese basketball player Yao Ming is pictured asking everyone to just say no to shark fin soup. We collected enough $20 donations to pay for 100 billboards! This campaign was immensely successful. Collectively that money worked well.

      more>>>

  • About us
  • Contact us
    • How to Contact Us:

      Cathy Church's Photo Centre and Gallery

      P.O. Box 479, Grand Cayman, KY1-1106, CAYMAN ISLANDS

      390 South Church Street, at the Sunset House Hotel

      EMAIL: click here

      Calling from within Cayman: (345)-949-7415

      Calling from the US: (607)-330-3504 connects directly with our Cayman office

      Fax from within the Cayman Islands: 345-949-9770

      Business Hours:

      Mon-Sat: 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun and Public Holidays: closed

       

  • Store
  • Printing & Digital Servicing
  • Weddings & Events
    • Cayman Photographers is part of Cathy Church’s Photo Centre. We have been the photo and video experts in the Cayman Islands since 1972. Let us help you capture your special moments in your own personal way.more>>>

      With videography at Cayman Photographers you will receive the finest videos, made with the best equipment available. There is simply no other company in Cayman with our level of expertise in video production. Our video team is led by Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker Tony Mark who is an experienced professionals more>>>

      Cayman Photographers offers photography and videography services throughout the Cayman Islands. If you're looking for a great venue to have your wedding or portraits in Grand Cayman, we are happy to recommend several amazing locations such as the Ritz-Carlton, the Marriott Beach Resort, the Westin Casuarina Resort.... more>>>

  • Classes
    • Above water Photo- and Videography Classes

      Our private, one on one affordable classes at Cathy Church's Photo Centre can help you take your photos and video to the next level.

      Whether you want to learn photography or video, the latest photo or video editing software or advanced techniques like studio lighting, we can customize a lesson for you. Our private instructor, Tony Mark will work with you whether you are a beginner or a pro or somewhere in between.

      If you have a pocket compact camera or the latest in DSLR's or even high end video equipment, we can help you get the most from your camera. Tony's personal hands on method will have you learning skills in no time and utilizing new technology to make your photos and videos look amazing. more>>>

      Under water Photo- and Videography Classes

      Capture your underwater adventure with Cathy Church, the best teacher ever! FUN and EASY!!

      1. Do you teach Land Photography, Underwater photography, Video and Image Editing?

      2. Can I learn with any camera?

      3. What is a class like?

      4. Should I bring samples of my past photos?

      5. Should I learn with Staff or Cathy?

      6. Can I get PADI specialty Certification?

      7. How much does it cost? How do I reserve space?

      8. What type of photos can I expect?

      more >>>

  • About Cathy
    • Cathy's Blog
    • Cathy's Awards
    • Photo Projects
      • Cathy and her team have produced the world's largest underwater photo installation at Grand Cayman's Owen Roberts Airport Baggage Claim area. It covers nine feet high and 145 feet long and is comprised of over 50 photos expertly assembled by Cathy's photoshop guru Charles (CJ) Viggers. CJ spent several all nighters assembling the huge file in time for the printing deadline. Vision Marketing (a local company) printed and installed it.

        more>>>

         

    • Articles
    • Cathy's Biography
      • Cathy's Biography

        About Cathy Church

        As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

        more>>>

        Detailed biography of Cathy Church

    • Cathy's Biography

      About Cathy Church

      As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

      more>>>

      Detailed biography of Cathy Church

  • Environmental Issues
    • Most people do not have the time to lobby, study, fund, and fix our environmental problems. By yourself, your tiny little voice will get lost and misplaced. But when we form massive groups, we can flex enough muscle to fix virtually anything!

      Everyone Should Support Three Environmental Organizations:

      -- One World-Wide  -- One Nation-Wide  -- One Local

      We Cannot Join Them All, So You Must Pick And Choose Your Battles.

      I have personally chosen two battles: stop shark finning and save leatherback turtles. You may choose to protect elephants from poachers, or stop over fishing. But concentrate on one thing and do something -- anything, over and over.

      There is no single cause that is more important than another, as they all work together.

      For shark finning, I support http://www.sharktrust.org, an effective UK group. Many of you contributed to my request for money to install billboards in China where the famous Chinese basketball player Yao Ming is pictured asking everyone to just say no to shark fin soup. We collected enough $20 donations to pay for 100 billboards! This campaign was immensely successful. Collectively that money worked well.

      more>>>

  • About us
  • Contact us
    • How to Contact Us:

      Cathy Church's Photo Centre and Gallery

      P.O. Box 479, Grand Cayman, KY1-1106, CAYMAN ISLANDS

      390 South Church Street, at the Sunset House Hotel

      EMAIL: click here

      Calling from within Cayman: (345)-949-7415

      Calling from the US: (607)-330-3504 connects directly with our Cayman office

      Fax from within the Cayman Islands: 345-949-9770

      Business Hours:

      Mon-Sat: 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun and Public Holidays: closed

       

  • U/W homepage
      1. Underwater homepage

      Join Cathy’s next great photo adventure to the Philippines, August 11 - 24, 2018. MORE>>>
      To Cuba on the Jardines Aggressor II Feb. 2 - 9, 2019 MORE>>>
      To Komodo and Alor Indonesia on the Pindito Fall, 2019 MORE>>>

      Underwater Latest News

      Our Underwater Photo Fest has the world’s longest dive times! Join our 10th Cathy Church Underwater Photo Fest at Sunset House, in Grand Cayman. On the shallow dive days, you can dive, shoot, come up when your tank is low, get some water or fruit while your tank is being changed (you don’t even have to get out of the water). Go back down and do it all over again until THREE HOURS are up. MORE>>>

  • Grand Cayman Photo Centre
    • Underwater Photo- and Videographers
      • Cathy has a wonderful staff of skilled underwater photographers and videographers who can provide you with all of your underwater image needs. If you cannot come to Cayman but still need a photo or video from the underwater realm, you can hire us to take virtually anything you need. We have access to boats, reefs, beautiful water, and models.more>>>

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    • U/W wedding
      • We can photograph your underwater wedding

        Planning an underwater wedding is easy.

        Sunset House Hotel is the best location for an underwater wedding for several important reasons:

        1. You can board a boat at the dock right at the hotel to take you to the location of your choice.

        Or step in to the calm, clear, warm water at the shore and swim a short distance to the location of your choice. Many people like the flat area seaward of the mermaid where your wedding party can kneel comfortably on the bottom without fear of damaging fragile coral near by. 

        more>>>

    • Photo Buddy
      • Photo Buddy

        If you would like photographs taken of you anywhere in the water or on land here in Cayman, we can do it for you! You take home eitherthe CD or DVD from a digital shoot or video, or have your prints made here, or both! All prices in $US. more>>>

         

        Photo buddy with Sunset Divers at Stingray City!

        Impress your friends with a photo of you "playing" with a 4-foot Southern Stingray or a six-foot green moray eel at Stingray city!

        more>>>

        Hire a Private Photographer or videographer for you or your group on the boat!

        Let one of our experienced photographers or videographers tell the story of your unique diving experience swimming through coral tunnels, exploring the wreck of the Kittiwake", or interacting with turtles and angel fish. Do not let this great opportunity go by!

        more>>>

         

    • Cathy's Book
    • Helping Fearful Divers
      • Great tips to help a fearful person learn to dive or Watersports for people who are not water people! by Cathy Church

        Do you know someone who would like to go diving with you but is afraid to? If so, then pass this article along to them after you have read it yourself. In my thirty years of diving I have seen many people conquer their fear and go on to love SCUBA diving. But, I have also seen many instructors and spouses destroy the possibility of a frightened person ever learning to dive. This article is for three people: the frightened student diver, the supportive friend, and the instructor. Often the roles I describe will overlap. Read them all to see which pertain to you and to help assure that everyone is doing the best they can to improve the odds that the frightened student will become a comfortable diver. (While I use the words him, his and he in the following, I, of course, mean him or her, he or she.) more>>>

    • Underwater camera rentals
      • Underwater Camera Rentals

        Capture wonderful photographs and videos of your Cayman underwater adventure. All rentals include a FREE MINI-LESSON and CD or DVD of your photos, or transfer to your computer or your thumb drive for video.

        Discounts available for multi-day rentals.

        All multi-day rentals are returned to the photo centre each day for battery changes

        Pick-up and return times can be adjusted depending on where you are staying and your dive boat schedule.

        more>>>

        GO PRO 5

        Olympus TG 4/5

        SeaLife DC2000

        Olympus OMD EM5 II

    • Underwater Camera Rentals

      Capture wonderful photographs and videos of your Cayman underwater adventure. All rentals include a FREE MINI-LESSON and CD or DVD of your photos, or transfer to your computer or your thumb drive for video.

      Discounts available for multi-day rentals.

      All multi-day rentals are returned to the photo centre each day for battery changes

      Pick-up and return times can be adjusted depending on where you are staying and your dive boat schedule.

      more>>>

      GO PRO 5

      Olympus TG 4/5

      SeaLife DC2000

      Olympus OMD EM5 II

  • U/W cameras
  • Learning U/W photography
  • Photofest
    • Overview

      Cathy Church's Underwater Photo Fest in Grand Cayman at the Sunset House Hotel Enjoy exciting classes with Cathy and her fabulous staff

      Fabulous Fun ** Plentiful Prizes ** Free Darn Good Demo Gear ** Great Giveaways

      Schedule

       

      AM Boat dive

      Shore diving available

      PM Lectures

      PM Photo Critiques

      Kittiwake PM trip

      Night Boat Dive

      Stingray City Trip

      Underwater Scavenger Hunt from shore

      BBQ dinner and Photo Contests / Giveaways Final video / Slideshows

      more>>>

      Rates

       

      The price for 7-Night Package, double occupancy 

       Book early to guarantee your preferred room type.

      more>>>

  • Private Charters
    • Private Charters for students

      Would you like a private boat for just you and Cathy Church?

      Would you like to have Cathy helping you above and underwater to get the best possible photos that will be all yours?

      Would you like a boat that comes and goes when you want and to dive sites that you want all to yourself?

      more>>>

      LOCATION and PHOTOGRAPHIC SERVICES

      We offer a full-service, on-site above water and underwater photography base to meet the needs of the most demanding photographers, including Cathy Church, an award winning, professional underwater photographer. We can provide everything you need for your shoot, or we can shoot your advertising, editorial or stock job for you. Contact us to discuss your needs.

      Cathy Church is available to shoot your job. With fifty years of experience and understanding of professional underwater photography, she has an extensive portfolio of worldwide clients, including Nikon, Kodak, US Virgin Islands, Carnival Cruises, Cayman Islands, Sharp Electronics, Atlantis Submarines and more. She knows what is involved to make sure that the photo is successful and MEETS YOUR NEEDS. Our assistants are photographers and experienced divers.

      more>>>

  • Photo tours
    • NEXT TOUR Philippines in 2018
      • The Adventure continues to the Philippines in 2018

        August 11 – 25, 2018 aboard the Azores and at Atlantis Dumaguete Resort

        Join me (Cathy Church) for a great photo workshop for ten nights aboard the Azores followed by four more nights at the Atlantis Dumaguete resort on Negros Island. On this extended trip we will have time to visit the best clear-water reefs and walls as well as amazing small critter muck dives, a bait ball or two and even Thresher sharks! All of these are on my list of essential diving experiences.

        On Aug. 21 we move from the Azores to the Atlantis Dumaguete Resort. No need to lose any diving days for flying or transfers, etc. Cameras are transferred intact to their fabulous camera room and SCUBA gear is taken directly to the convenient SCUBA equipment room.

        There will be more information added here soon, but we already have some reservations, so at least get your name on the “interested” list so that you will not risk having to miss this.

        more>>>

    • PREVIOUS TOUR Solomon in 2017
      • Solomon Islands in 2017

        The MV Bilikiki

        The steel-hulled, 125-foot Bilikiki has 10 staterooms, each with private shower and toilet, 8 have double lower and single upper bunk and two have two single beds. All have AC. None have windows. It has been operating since 1989, so they know the waters and the people intimately. It is a basic, no frills boat with a steady, solid reputation. The crew is seasoned, friendly and reliable. I have been on this boat 18 times and I look forward to yet another incredible trip.

        The Happy Hour

        Happy hour snacks are offered on the upper deck during sunset. I love this time of day -- relaxing, talking with friends, unless I am still on my extended late afternoon dive which can be almost two hours long. I love the adjustable dive schedule that often allows us the freedom to enjoy very long dives.

        more>>>

    • PREVIOUS TOUR Philippines in 2016
      • Philippines in 2016

        Getting there

        We will fly in to Manila in time for our afternoon flight (that Atlantis will arrange for us) on April 9 to Puerto Princesa where we transfer to the Azores. Tubbataha is a pristine World Heritage site 100 miles off shore. Diving is available only a few months a year when the water is calm enough to make this trip. We will travel for 12 hours overnight and will (weather permitting) have five and one half days of diving in the incredibly clear water among every type of sea life from large to small. For those who want more diving, we fly back to Manila on April 16 and connect the same day to a short flight to Dumaguete. We will stay at the luxurious Atlantis Dumaguete Dive Resort for seven or more days of diving. I know, packing is a pain, but I do not want to do a double trip to Tubbataha in case the weather is bad. And some people like the flexibility of coming and going on variable dates to a land based hotel. This place offers great service that makes it all worth while as you will see in the Dumaguete section.

        more>>>

    • Previous Tour - Sorong in 2010
      • Ambon to Sorong, 12 nights in 2010

        October 2nd:

        Guests arrive in Ambon from Bali and board boat. Set up dive gear and camera equipment.

        October 3rd:

        A full day of Ambon Harbor diving the fabulous critter bonanza of Laha, the rocky slope next to the fishing pier. Replete with multiple species of frogfish, flamboyant cuttlefish, reef cuttlefish, ribbon eels, nudibranchs, juvenile batfish, two species of blue-ring octopus, mandarin fish...the list goes on. One day is the minimum amount of time we would spend here.

        October 4th:

        We make our way along the west coast of Ceram (the large island north of Ambon) stopping at a couple of sites that Kararu has recently discovered. Batu Satu (One Rock) is a large rock connected to the mainland by a shallow reef.....

        more>>>

    • Previous Tour Indonesia in 2010
      • Indonesia in 2010

        2010 Sept. 18th:

        We arrive in Maumere after our flight from Bali. The Sea Safari VII will depart for Adonara strait while we organize our dive gear and cameras. (See map below.)

        Sept. 19th:

        We arrive at the island of Adonara, across a narrow strait from the big island of Flores. Diving here is "muck" diving along reef slopes looking for seahorses, frogfish, crustaceans, ghost pipefish, etc. Can you see the really tiny black frogfish in the yellow circle?

        20 and 21:

        In the South Alor Region, we will be diving at Beangabang Village, a black sand bay opening to the Indian Ocean at the southern end of Alor. Beangabang is listed as the favorite critter dive of many underwater photojournalists.

        more>>>

    • Why travel with Cathy?
      • When it's time for adventure Join a Photo Tour with Cathy Church

        Top 8 reasons to travel with Cathy:

        1. You will have access to Cathy Church to answer your questions about your camera equipment and techniques. You will enjoy my free coaching and mini-lectures offered throughout the day to answer photo questions, share ideas, and critique images.

        2. You will get free lessons and help with editing your photos with Photoshop. If you need special help, I will even help you in the water if I see you having a problem with your camera or technique.

        3. You can find help or share your own ideas with everyone around you. You will be surrounded by photographers who are happy to help you with answers, tips and ideas.

        4.You will be with only the nicest people. We choose people who are easy-going, who take their good times with them and who are flexible and are ready to share. If you especially want a particular dive site, everyone else will say that's fine with them because they know that next time everyone will do the same for them.more>>>

    • The Adventure continues to the Philippines in 2018

      August 11 – 25, 2018 aboard the Azores and at Atlantis Dumaguete Resort

      Join me (Cathy Church) for a great photo workshop for ten nights aboard the Azores followed by four more nights at the Atlantis Dumaguete resort on Negros Island. On this extended trip we will have time to visit the best clear-water reefs and walls as well as amazing small critter muck dives, a bait ball or two and even Thresher sharks! All of these are on my list of essential diving experiences.

      On Aug. 21 we move from the Azores to the Atlantis Dumaguete Resort. No need to lose any diving days for flying or transfers, etc. Cameras are transferred intact to their fabulous camera room and SCUBA gear is taken directly to the convenient SCUBA equipment room.

      There will be more information added here soon, but we already have some reservations, so at least get your name on the “interested” list so that you will not risk having to miss this.

      more>>>

  • Gallery
  • U/W homepage
      1. Underwater homepage

      Join Cathy’s next great photo adventure to the Philippines, August 11 - 24, 2018. MORE>>>
      To Cuba on the Jardines Aggressor II Feb. 2 - 9, 2019 MORE>>>
      To Komodo and Alor Indonesia on the Pindito Fall, 2019 MORE>>>

      Underwater Latest News

      Our Underwater Photo Fest has the world’s longest dive times! Join our 10th Cathy Church Underwater Photo Fest at Sunset House, in Grand Cayman. On the shallow dive days, you can dive, shoot, come up when your tank is low, get some water or fruit while your tank is being changed (you don’t even have to get out of the water). Go back down and do it all over again until THREE HOURS are up. MORE>>>

  • Grand Cayman Photo Centre
    • Underwater Photo- and Videographers
      • Cathy has a wonderful staff of skilled underwater photographers and videographers who can provide you with all of your underwater image needs. If you cannot come to Cayman but still need a photo or video from the underwater realm, you can hire us to take virtually anything you need. We have access to boats, reefs, beautiful water, and models.more>>>

        Cathy Church

        Jim Catlin

        Adeline Wee

    • U/W wedding
      • We can photograph your underwater wedding

        Planning an underwater wedding is easy.

        Sunset House Hotel is the best location for an underwater wedding for several important reasons:

        1. You can board a boat at the dock right at the hotel to take you to the location of your choice.

        Or step in to the calm, clear, warm water at the shore and swim a short distance to the location of your choice. Many people like the flat area seaward of the mermaid where your wedding party can kneel comfortably on the bottom without fear of damaging fragile coral near by. 

        more>>>

    • Photo Buddy
      • Photo Buddy

        If you would like photographs taken of you anywhere in the water or on land here in Cayman, we can do it for you! You take home eitherthe CD or DVD from a digital shoot or video, or have your prints made here, or both! All prices in $US. more>>>

         

        Photo buddy with Sunset Divers at Stingray City!

        Impress your friends with a photo of you "playing" with a 4-foot Southern Stingray or a six-foot green moray eel at Stingray city!

        more>>>

        Hire a Private Photographer or videographer for you or your group on the boat!

        Let one of our experienced photographers or videographers tell the story of your unique diving experience swimming through coral tunnels, exploring the wreck of the Kittiwake", or interacting with turtles and angel fish. Do not let this great opportunity go by!

        more>>>

         

    • Cathy's Book
    • Helping Fearful Divers
      • Great tips to help a fearful person learn to dive or Watersports for people who are not water people! by Cathy Church

        Do you know someone who would like to go diving with you but is afraid to? If so, then pass this article along to them after you have read it yourself. In my thirty years of diving I have seen many people conquer their fear and go on to love SCUBA diving. But, I have also seen many instructors and spouses destroy the possibility of a frightened person ever learning to dive. This article is for three people: the frightened student diver, the supportive friend, and the instructor. Often the roles I describe will overlap. Read them all to see which pertain to you and to help assure that everyone is doing the best they can to improve the odds that the frightened student will become a comfortable diver. (While I use the words him, his and he in the following, I, of course, mean him or her, he or she.) more>>>

    • Underwater camera rentals
      • Underwater Camera Rentals

        Capture wonderful photographs and videos of your Cayman underwater adventure. All rentals include a FREE MINI-LESSON and CD or DVD of your photos, or transfer to your computer or your thumb drive for video.

        Discounts available for multi-day rentals.

        All multi-day rentals are returned to the photo centre each day for battery changes

        Pick-up and return times can be adjusted depending on where you are staying and your dive boat schedule.

        more>>>

        GO PRO 5

        Olympus TG 4/5

        SeaLife DC2000

        Olympus OMD EM5 II

    • Underwater Camera Rentals

      Capture wonderful photographs and videos of your Cayman underwater adventure. All rentals include a FREE MINI-LESSON and CD or DVD of your photos, or transfer to your computer or your thumb drive for video.

      Discounts available for multi-day rentals.

      All multi-day rentals are returned to the photo centre each day for battery changes

      Pick-up and return times can be adjusted depending on where you are staying and your dive boat schedule.

      more>>>

      GO PRO 5

      Olympus TG 4/5

      SeaLife DC2000

      Olympus OMD EM5 II

  • U/W cameras
  • Learning U/W photography
  • Photofest
    • Overview

      Cathy Church's Underwater Photo Fest in Grand Cayman at the Sunset House Hotel Enjoy exciting classes with Cathy and her fabulous staff

      Fabulous Fun ** Plentiful Prizes ** Free Darn Good Demo Gear ** Great Giveaways

      Schedule

       

      AM Boat dive

      Shore diving available

      PM Lectures

      PM Photo Critiques

      Kittiwake PM trip

      Night Boat Dive

      Stingray City Trip

      Underwater Scavenger Hunt from shore

      BBQ dinner and Photo Contests / Giveaways Final video / Slideshows

      more>>>

      Rates

       

      The price for 7-Night Package, double occupancy 

       Book early to guarantee your preferred room type.

      more>>>

  • Private Charters
    • Private Charters for students

      Would you like a private boat for just you and Cathy Church?

      Would you like to have Cathy helping you above and underwater to get the best possible photos that will be all yours?

      Would you like a boat that comes and goes when you want and to dive sites that you want all to yourself?

      more>>>

      LOCATION and PHOTOGRAPHIC SERVICES

      We offer a full-service, on-site above water and underwater photography base to meet the needs of the most demanding photographers, including Cathy Church, an award winning, professional underwater photographer. We can provide everything you need for your shoot, or we can shoot your advertising, editorial or stock job for you. Contact us to discuss your needs.

      Cathy Church is available to shoot your job. With fifty years of experience and understanding of professional underwater photography, she has an extensive portfolio of worldwide clients, including Nikon, Kodak, US Virgin Islands, Carnival Cruises, Cayman Islands, Sharp Electronics, Atlantis Submarines and more. She knows what is involved to make sure that the photo is successful and MEETS YOUR NEEDS. Our assistants are photographers and experienced divers.

      more>>>

  • Photo tours
    • NEXT TOUR Philippines in 2018
      • The Adventure continues to the Philippines in 2018

        August 11 – 25, 2018 aboard the Azores and at Atlantis Dumaguete Resort

        Join me (Cathy Church) for a great photo workshop for ten nights aboard the Azores followed by four more nights at the Atlantis Dumaguete resort on Negros Island. On this extended trip we will have time to visit the best clear-water reefs and walls as well as amazing small critter muck dives, a bait ball or two and even Thresher sharks! All of these are on my list of essential diving experiences.

        On Aug. 21 we move from the Azores to the Atlantis Dumaguete Resort. No need to lose any diving days for flying or transfers, etc. Cameras are transferred intact to their fabulous camera room and SCUBA gear is taken directly to the convenient SCUBA equipment room.

        There will be more information added here soon, but we already have some reservations, so at least get your name on the “interested” list so that you will not risk having to miss this.

        more>>>

    • PREVIOUS TOUR Solomon in 2017
      • Solomon Islands in 2017

        The MV Bilikiki

        The steel-hulled, 125-foot Bilikiki has 10 staterooms, each with private shower and toilet, 8 have double lower and single upper bunk and two have two single beds. All have AC. None have windows. It has been operating since 1989, so they know the waters and the people intimately. It is a basic, no frills boat with a steady, solid reputation. The crew is seasoned, friendly and reliable. I have been on this boat 18 times and I look forward to yet another incredible trip.

        The Happy Hour

        Happy hour snacks are offered on the upper deck during sunset. I love this time of day -- relaxing, talking with friends, unless I am still on my extended late afternoon dive which can be almost two hours long. I love the adjustable dive schedule that often allows us the freedom to enjoy very long dives.

        more>>>

    • PREVIOUS TOUR Philippines in 2016
      • Philippines in 2016

        Getting there

        We will fly in to Manila in time for our afternoon flight (that Atlantis will arrange for us) on April 9 to Puerto Princesa where we transfer to the Azores. Tubbataha is a pristine World Heritage site 100 miles off shore. Diving is available only a few months a year when the water is calm enough to make this trip. We will travel for 12 hours overnight and will (weather permitting) have five and one half days of diving in the incredibly clear water among every type of sea life from large to small. For those who want more diving, we fly back to Manila on April 16 and connect the same day to a short flight to Dumaguete. We will stay at the luxurious Atlantis Dumaguete Dive Resort for seven or more days of diving. I know, packing is a pain, but I do not want to do a double trip to Tubbataha in case the weather is bad. And some people like the flexibility of coming and going on variable dates to a land based hotel. This place offers great service that makes it all worth while as you will see in the Dumaguete section.

        more>>>

    • Previous Tour - Sorong in 2010
      • Ambon to Sorong, 12 nights in 2010

        October 2nd:

        Guests arrive in Ambon from Bali and board boat. Set up dive gear and camera equipment.

        October 3rd:

        A full day of Ambon Harbor diving the fabulous critter bonanza of Laha, the rocky slope next to the fishing pier. Replete with multiple species of frogfish, flamboyant cuttlefish, reef cuttlefish, ribbon eels, nudibranchs, juvenile batfish, two species of blue-ring octopus, mandarin fish...the list goes on. One day is the minimum amount of time we would spend here.

        October 4th:

        We make our way along the west coast of Ceram (the large island north of Ambon) stopping at a couple of sites that Kararu has recently discovered. Batu Satu (One Rock) is a large rock connected to the mainland by a shallow reef.....

        more>>>

    • Previous Tour Indonesia in 2010
      • Indonesia in 2010

        2010 Sept. 18th:

        We arrive in Maumere after our flight from Bali. The Sea Safari VII will depart for Adonara strait while we organize our dive gear and cameras. (See map below.)

        Sept. 19th:

        We arrive at the island of Adonara, across a narrow strait from the big island of Flores. Diving here is "muck" diving along reef slopes looking for seahorses, frogfish, crustaceans, ghost pipefish, etc. Can you see the really tiny black frogfish in the yellow circle?

        20 and 21:

        In the South Alor Region, we will be diving at Beangabang Village, a black sand bay opening to the Indian Ocean at the southern end of Alor. Beangabang is listed as the favorite critter dive of many underwater photojournalists.

        more>>>

    • Why travel with Cathy?
      • When it's time for adventure Join a Photo Tour with Cathy Church

        Top 8 reasons to travel with Cathy:

        1. You will have access to Cathy Church to answer your questions about your camera equipment and techniques. You will enjoy my free coaching and mini-lectures offered throughout the day to answer photo questions, share ideas, and critique images.

        2. You will get free lessons and help with editing your photos with Photoshop. If you need special help, I will even help you in the water if I see you having a problem with your camera or technique.

        3. You can find help or share your own ideas with everyone around you. You will be surrounded by photographers who are happy to help you with answers, tips and ideas.

        4.You will be with only the nicest people. We choose people who are easy-going, who take their good times with them and who are flexible and are ready to share. If you especially want a particular dive site, everyone else will say that's fine with them because they know that next time everyone will do the same for them.more>>>

    • The Adventure continues to the Philippines in 2018

      August 11 – 25, 2018 aboard the Azores and at Atlantis Dumaguete Resort

      Join me (Cathy Church) for a great photo workshop for ten nights aboard the Azores followed by four more nights at the Atlantis Dumaguete resort on Negros Island. On this extended trip we will have time to visit the best clear-water reefs and walls as well as amazing small critter muck dives, a bait ball or two and even Thresher sharks! All of these are on my list of essential diving experiences.

      On Aug. 21 we move from the Azores to the Atlantis Dumaguete Resort. No need to lose any diving days for flying or transfers, etc. Cameras are transferred intact to their fabulous camera room and SCUBA gear is taken directly to the convenient SCUBA equipment room.

      There will be more information added here soon, but we already have some reservations, so at least get your name on the “interested” list so that you will not risk having to miss this.

      more>>>

  • Gallery
  • U/W homepage
      1. Underwater homepage

      Join Cathy’s next great photo adventure to the Philippines, August 11 - 24, 2018. MORE>>>
      To Cuba on the Jardines Aggressor II Feb. 2 - 9, 2019 MORE>>>
      To Komodo and Alor Indonesia on the Pindito Fall, 2019 MORE>>>

      Underwater Latest News

      Our Underwater Photo Fest has the world’s longest dive times! Join our 10th Cathy Church Underwater Photo Fest at Sunset House, in Grand Cayman. On the shallow dive days, you can dive, shoot, come up when your tank is low, get some water or fruit while your tank is being changed (you don’t even have to get out of the water). Go back down and do it all over again until THREE HOURS are up. MORE>>>

  • Grand Cayman Photo Centre
    • Underwater Photo- and Videographers
      • Cathy has a wonderful staff of skilled underwater photographers and videographers who can provide you with all of your underwater image needs. If you cannot come to Cayman but still need a photo or video from the underwater realm, you can hire us to take virtually anything you need. We have access to boats, reefs, beautiful water, and models.more>>>

        Cathy Church

        Jim Catlin

        Adeline Wee

    • U/W wedding
      • We can photograph your underwater wedding

        Planning an underwater wedding is easy.

        Sunset House Hotel is the best location for an underwater wedding for several important reasons:

        1. You can board a boat at the dock right at the hotel to take you to the location of your choice.

        Or step in to the calm, clear, warm water at the shore and swim a short distance to the location of your choice. Many people like the flat area seaward of the mermaid where your wedding party can kneel comfortably on the bottom without fear of damaging fragile coral near by. 

        more>>>

    • Photo Buddy
      • Photo Buddy

        If you would like photographs taken of you anywhere in the water or on land here in Cayman, we can do it for you! You take home eitherthe CD or DVD from a digital shoot or video, or have your prints made here, or both! All prices in $US. more>>>

         

        Photo buddy with Sunset Divers at Stingray City!

        Impress your friends with a photo of you "playing" with a 4-foot Southern Stingray or a six-foot green moray eel at Stingray city!

        more>>>

        Hire a Private Photographer or videographer for you or your group on the boat!

        Let one of our experienced photographers or videographers tell the story of your unique diving experience swimming through coral tunnels, exploring the wreck of the Kittiwake", or interacting with turtles and angel fish. Do not let this great opportunity go by!

        more>>>

         

    • Cathy's Book
    • Helping Fearful Divers
      • Great tips to help a fearful person learn to dive or Watersports for people who are not water people! by Cathy Church

        Do you know someone who would like to go diving with you but is afraid to? If so, then pass this article along to them after you have read it yourself. In my thirty years of diving I have seen many people conquer their fear and go on to love SCUBA diving. But, I have also seen many instructors and spouses destroy the possibility of a frightened person ever learning to dive. This article is for three people: the frightened student diver, the supportive friend, and the instructor. Often the roles I describe will overlap. Read them all to see which pertain to you and to help assure that everyone is doing the best they can to improve the odds that the frightened student will become a comfortable diver. (While I use the words him, his and he in the following, I, of course, mean him or her, he or she.) more>>>

    • Underwater camera rentals
      • Underwater Camera Rentals

        Capture wonderful photographs and videos of your Cayman underwater adventure. All rentals include a FREE MINI-LESSON and CD or DVD of your photos, or transfer to your computer or your thumb drive for video.

        Discounts available for multi-day rentals.

        All multi-day rentals are returned to the photo centre each day for battery changes

        Pick-up and return times can be adjusted depending on where you are staying and your dive boat schedule.

        more>>>

        GO PRO 5

        Olympus TG 4/5

        SeaLife DC2000

        Olympus OMD EM5 II

    • Underwater Camera Rentals

      Capture wonderful photographs and videos of your Cayman underwater adventure. All rentals include a FREE MINI-LESSON and CD or DVD of your photos, or transfer to your computer or your thumb drive for video.

      Discounts available for multi-day rentals.

      All multi-day rentals are returned to the photo centre each day for battery changes

      Pick-up and return times can be adjusted depending on where you are staying and your dive boat schedule.

      more>>>

      GO PRO 5

      Olympus TG 4/5

      SeaLife DC2000

      Olympus OMD EM5 II

  • U/W cameras
  • Learning U/W photography
  • Photofest
    • Overview

      Cathy Church's Underwater Photo Fest in Grand Cayman at the Sunset House Hotel Enjoy exciting classes with Cathy and her fabulous staff

      Fabulous Fun ** Plentiful Prizes ** Free Darn Good Demo Gear ** Great Giveaways

      Schedule

       

      AM Boat dive

      Shore diving available

      PM Lectures

      PM Photo Critiques

      Kittiwake PM trip

      Night Boat Dive

      Stingray City Trip

      Underwater Scavenger Hunt from shore

      BBQ dinner and Photo Contests / Giveaways Final video / Slideshows

      more>>>

      Rates

       

      The price for 7-Night Package, double occupancy 

       Book early to guarantee your preferred room type.

      more>>>

  • Private Charters
    • Private Charters for students

      Would you like a private boat for just you and Cathy Church?

      Would you like to have Cathy helping you above and underwater to get the best possible photos that will be all yours?

      Would you like a boat that comes and goes when you want and to dive sites that you want all to yourself?

      more>>>

      LOCATION and PHOTOGRAPHIC SERVICES

      We offer a full-service, on-site above water and underwater photography base to meet the needs of the most demanding photographers, including Cathy Church, an award winning, professional underwater photographer. We can provide everything you need for your shoot, or we can shoot your advertising, editorial or stock job for you. Contact us to discuss your needs.

      Cathy Church is available to shoot your job. With fifty years of experience and understanding of professional underwater photography, she has an extensive portfolio of worldwide clients, including Nikon, Kodak, US Virgin Islands, Carnival Cruises, Cayman Islands, Sharp Electronics, Atlantis Submarines and more. She knows what is involved to make sure that the photo is successful and MEETS YOUR NEEDS. Our assistants are photographers and experienced divers.

      more>>>

  • Photo tours
    • NEXT TOUR Philippines in 2018
      • The Adventure continues to the Philippines in 2018

        August 11 – 25, 2018 aboard the Azores and at Atlantis Dumaguete Resort

        Join me (Cathy Church) for a great photo workshop for ten nights aboard the Azores followed by four more nights at the Atlantis Dumaguete resort on Negros Island. On this extended trip we will have time to visit the best clear-water reefs and walls as well as amazing small critter muck dives, a bait ball or two and even Thresher sharks! All of these are on my list of essential diving experiences.

        On Aug. 21 we move from the Azores to the Atlantis Dumaguete Resort. No need to lose any diving days for flying or transfers, etc. Cameras are transferred intact to their fabulous camera room and SCUBA gear is taken directly to the convenient SCUBA equipment room.

        There will be more information added here soon, but we already have some reservations, so at least get your name on the “interested” list so that you will not risk having to miss this.

        more>>>

    • PREVIOUS TOUR Solomon in 2017
      • Solomon Islands in 2017

        The MV Bilikiki

        The steel-hulled, 125-foot Bilikiki has 10 staterooms, each with private shower and toilet, 8 have double lower and single upper bunk and two have two single beds. All have AC. None have windows. It has been operating since 1989, so they know the waters and the people intimately. It is a basic, no frills boat with a steady, solid reputation. The crew is seasoned, friendly and reliable. I have been on this boat 18 times and I look forward to yet another incredible trip.

        The Happy Hour

        Happy hour snacks are offered on the upper deck during sunset. I love this time of day -- relaxing, talking with friends, unless I am still on my extended late afternoon dive which can be almost two hours long. I love the adjustable dive schedule that often allows us the freedom to enjoy very long dives.

        more>>>

    • PREVIOUS TOUR Philippines in 2016
      • Philippines in 2016

        Getting there

        We will fly in to Manila in time for our afternoon flight (that Atlantis will arrange for us) on April 9 to Puerto Princesa where we transfer to the Azores. Tubbataha is a pristine World Heritage site 100 miles off shore. Diving is available only a few months a year when the water is calm enough to make this trip. We will travel for 12 hours overnight and will (weather permitting) have five and one half days of diving in the incredibly clear water among every type of sea life from large to small. For those who want more diving, we fly back to Manila on April 16 and connect the same day to a short flight to Dumaguete. We will stay at the luxurious Atlantis Dumaguete Dive Resort for seven or more days of diving. I know, packing is a pain, but I do not want to do a double trip to Tubbataha in case the weather is bad. And some people like the flexibility of coming and going on variable dates to a land based hotel. This place offers great service that makes it all worth while as you will see in the Dumaguete section.

        more>>>

    • Previous Tour - Sorong in 2010
      • Ambon to Sorong, 12 nights in 2010

        October 2nd:

        Guests arrive in Ambon from Bali and board boat. Set up dive gear and camera equipment.

        October 3rd:

        A full day of Ambon Harbor diving the fabulous critter bonanza of Laha, the rocky slope next to the fishing pier. Replete with multiple species of frogfish, flamboyant cuttlefish, reef cuttlefish, ribbon eels, nudibranchs, juvenile batfish, two species of blue-ring octopus, mandarin fish...the list goes on. One day is the minimum amount of time we would spend here.

        October 4th:

        We make our way along the west coast of Ceram (the large island north of Ambon) stopping at a couple of sites that Kararu has recently discovered. Batu Satu (One Rock) is a large rock connected to the mainland by a shallow reef.....

        more>>>

    • Previous Tour Indonesia in 2010
      • Indonesia in 2010

        2010 Sept. 18th:

        We arrive in Maumere after our flight from Bali. The Sea Safari VII will depart for Adonara strait while we organize our dive gear and cameras. (See map below.)

        Sept. 19th:

        We arrive at the island of Adonara, across a narrow strait from the big island of Flores. Diving here is "muck" diving along reef slopes looking for seahorses, frogfish, crustaceans, ghost pipefish, etc. Can you see the really tiny black frogfish in the yellow circle?

        20 and 21:

        In the South Alor Region, we will be diving at Beangabang Village, a black sand bay opening to the Indian Ocean at the southern end of Alor. Beangabang is listed as the favorite critter dive of many underwater photojournalists.

        more>>>

    • Why travel with Cathy?
      • When it's time for adventure Join a Photo Tour with Cathy Church

        Top 8 reasons to travel with Cathy:

        1. You will have access to Cathy Church to answer your questions about your camera equipment and techniques. You will enjoy my free coaching and mini-lectures offered throughout the day to answer photo questions, share ideas, and critique images.

        2. You will get free lessons and help with editing your photos with Photoshop. If you need special help, I will even help you in the water if I see you having a problem with your camera or technique.

        3. You can find help or share your own ideas with everyone around you. You will be surrounded by photographers who are happy to help you with answers, tips and ideas.

        4.You will be with only the nicest people. We choose people who are easy-going, who take their good times with them and who are flexible and are ready to share. If you especially want a particular dive site, everyone else will say that's fine with them because they know that next time everyone will do the same for them.more>>>

    • The Adventure continues to the Philippines in 2018

      August 11 – 25, 2018 aboard the Azores and at Atlantis Dumaguete Resort

      Join me (Cathy Church) for a great photo workshop for ten nights aboard the Azores followed by four more nights at the Atlantis Dumaguete resort on Negros Island. On this extended trip we will have time to visit the best clear-water reefs and walls as well as amazing small critter muck dives, a bait ball or two and even Thresher sharks! All of these are on my list of essential diving experiences.

      On Aug. 21 we move from the Azores to the Atlantis Dumaguete Resort. No need to lose any diving days for flying or transfers, etc. Cameras are transferred intact to their fabulous camera room and SCUBA gear is taken directly to the convenient SCUBA equipment room.

      There will be more information added here soon, but we already have some reservations, so at least get your name on the “interested” list so that you will not risk having to miss this.

      more>>>

  • Gallery
  • U/W homepage
      1. Underwater homepage

      Join Cathy’s next great photo adventure to the Philippines, August 11 - 24, 2018. MORE>>>
      To Cuba on the Jardines Aggressor II Feb. 2 - 9, 2019 MORE>>>
      To Komodo and Alor Indonesia on the Pindito Fall, 2019 MORE>>>

      Underwater Latest News

      Our Underwater Photo Fest has the world’s longest dive times! Join our 10th Cathy Church Underwater Photo Fest at Sunset House, in Grand Cayman. On the shallow dive days, you can dive, shoot, come up when your tank is low, get some water or fruit while your tank is being changed (you don’t even have to get out of the water). Go back down and do it all over again until THREE HOURS are up. MORE>>>

  • Grand Cayman Photo Centre
    • Underwater Photo- and Videographers
      • Cathy has a wonderful staff of skilled underwater photographers and videographers who can provide you with all of your underwater image needs. If you cannot come to Cayman but still need a photo or video from the underwater realm, you can hire us to take virtually anything you need. We have access to boats, reefs, beautiful water, and models.more>>>

        Cathy Church

        Jim Catlin

        Adeline Wee

    • U/W wedding
      • We can photograph your underwater wedding

        Planning an underwater wedding is easy.

        Sunset House Hotel is the best location for an underwater wedding for several important reasons:

        1. You can board a boat at the dock right at the hotel to take you to the location of your choice.

        Or step in to the calm, clear, warm water at the shore and swim a short distance to the location of your choice. Many people like the flat area seaward of the mermaid where your wedding party can kneel comfortably on the bottom without fear of damaging fragile coral near by. 

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    • Photo Buddy
      • Photo Buddy

        If you would like photographs taken of you anywhere in the water or on land here in Cayman, we can do it for you! You take home eitherthe CD or DVD from a digital shoot or video, or have your prints made here, or both! All prices in $US. more>>>

         

        Photo buddy with Sunset Divers at Stingray City!

        Impress your friends with a photo of you "playing" with a 4-foot Southern Stingray or a six-foot green moray eel at Stingray city!

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        Hire a Private Photographer or videographer for you or your group on the boat!

        Let one of our experienced photographers or videographers tell the story of your unique diving experience swimming through coral tunnels, exploring the wreck of the Kittiwake", or interacting with turtles and angel fish. Do not let this great opportunity go by!

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    • Cathy's Creative Corner
      • Cathy's Creative Corner

        Learn along with me as I play with images. Some are QUICKIES and some are LONG TERM projects

        Here is an easy QUICKIE that anyone can do with any post editing program that allows putting two photos together.

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    • Helping Fearful Divers
      • Great tips to help a fearful person learn to dive or Watersports for people who are not water people! by Cathy Church

        Do you know someone who would like to go diving with you but is afraid to? If so, then pass this article along to them after you have read it yourself. In my thirty years of diving I have seen many people conquer their fear and go on to love SCUBA diving. But, I have also seen many instructors and spouses destroy the possibility of a frightened person ever learning to dive. This article is for three people: the frightened student diver, the supportive friend, and the instructor. Often the roles I describe will overlap. Read them all to see which pertain to you and to help assure that everyone is doing the best they can to improve the odds that the frightened student will become a comfortable diver. (While I use the words him, his and he in the following, I, of course, mean him or her, he or she.) more>>>

    • Underwater camera rentals
      • Underwater Camera Rentals

        Capture wonderful photographs and videos of your Cayman underwater adventure. All rentals include a FREE MINI-LESSON and CD or DVD of your photos, or transfer to your computer or your thumb drive for video.

        Discounts available for multi-day rentals.

        All multi-day rentals are returned to the photo centre each day for battery changes

        Pick-up and return times can be adjusted depending on where you are staying and your dive boat schedule.

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        GO PRO 5

        Olympus TG 4/5

        SeaLife DC2000

        Olympus OMD EM5 II

    • Underwater Camera Rentals

      Capture wonderful photographs and videos of your Cayman underwater adventure. All rentals include a FREE MINI-LESSON and CD or DVD of your photos, or transfer to your computer or your thumb drive for video.

      Discounts available for multi-day rentals.

      All multi-day rentals are returned to the photo centre each day for battery changes

      Pick-up and return times can be adjusted depending on where you are staying and your dive boat schedule.

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      GO PRO 5

      Olympus TG 4/5

      SeaLife DC2000

      Olympus OMD EM5 II

  • U/W cameras
  • Learning U/W photography
  • Photofest
    • Overview

      Cathy Church's Underwater Photo Fest in Grand Cayman at the Sunset House Hotel Enjoy exciting classes with Cathy and her fabulous staff

      Fabulous Fun ** Plentiful Prizes ** Free Darn Good Demo Gear ** Great Giveaways

      Schedule

       

      AM Boat dive

      Shore diving available

      PM Lectures

      PM Photo Critiques

      Kittiwake PM trip

      Night Boat Dive

      Stingray City Trip

      Underwater Scavenger Hunt from shore

      BBQ dinner and Photo Contests / Giveaways Final video / Slideshows

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      Rates

       

      The price for 7-Night Package, double occupancy 

       Book early to guarantee your preferred room type.

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  • Private Charters
    • Private Charters for students

      Would you like a private boat for just you and Cathy Church?

      Would you like to have Cathy helping you above and underwater to get the best possible photos that will be all yours?

      Would you like a boat that comes and goes when you want and to dive sites that you want all to yourself?

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      LOCATION and PHOTOGRAPHIC SERVICES

      We offer a full-service, on-site above water and underwater photography base to meet the needs of the most demanding photographers, including Cathy Church, an award winning, professional underwater photographer. We can provide everything you need for your shoot, or we can shoot your advertising, editorial or stock job for you. Contact us to discuss your needs.

      Cathy Church is available to shoot your job. With fifty years of experience and understanding of professional underwater photography, she has an extensive portfolio of worldwide clients, including Nikon, Kodak, US Virgin Islands, Carnival Cruises, Cayman Islands, Sharp Electronics, Atlantis Submarines and more. She knows what is involved to make sure that the photo is successful and MEETS YOUR NEEDS. Our assistants are photographers and experienced divers.

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  • Photo tours
    • NEXT TOUR Philippines in 2018
      • The Adventure continues to the Philippines in 2018

        August 11 – 25, 2018 aboard the Azores and at Atlantis Dumaguete Resort

        Join me (Cathy Church) for a great photo workshop for ten nights aboard the Azores followed by four more nights at the Atlantis Dumaguete resort on Negros Island. On this extended trip we will have time to visit the best clear-water reefs and walls as well as amazing small critter muck dives, a bait ball or two and even Thresher sharks! All of these are on my list of essential diving experiences.

        On Aug. 21 we move from the Azores to the Atlantis Dumaguete Resort. No need to lose any diving days for flying or transfers, etc. Cameras are transferred intact to their fabulous camera room and SCUBA gear is taken directly to the convenient SCUBA equipment room.

        There will be more information added here soon, but we already have some reservations, so at least get your name on the “interested” list so that you will not risk having to miss this.

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    • PREVIOUS TOUR Solomon in 2017
      • Solomon Islands in 2017

        The MV Bilikiki

        The steel-hulled, 125-foot Bilikiki has 10 staterooms, each with private shower and toilet, 8 have double lower and single upper bunk and two have two single beds. All have AC. None have windows. It has been operating since 1989, so they know the waters and the people intimately. It is a basic, no frills boat with a steady, solid reputation. The crew is seasoned, friendly and reliable. I have been on this boat 18 times and I look forward to yet another incredible trip.

        The Happy Hour

        Happy hour snacks are offered on the upper deck during sunset. I love this time of day -- relaxing, talking with friends, unless I am still on my extended late afternoon dive which can be almost two hours long. I love the adjustable dive schedule that often allows us the freedom to enjoy very long dives.

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    • PREVIOUS TOUR Philippines in 2016
      • Philippines in 2016

        Getting there

        We will fly in to Manila in time for our afternoon flight (that Atlantis will arrange for us) on April 9 to Puerto Princesa where we transfer to the Azores. Tubbataha is a pristine World Heritage site 100 miles off shore. Diving is available only a few months a year when the water is calm enough to make this trip. We will travel for 12 hours overnight and will (weather permitting) have five and one half days of diving in the incredibly clear water among every type of sea life from large to small. For those who want more diving, we fly back to Manila on April 16 and connect the same day to a short flight to Dumaguete. We will stay at the luxurious Atlantis Dumaguete Dive Resort for seven or more days of diving. I know, packing is a pain, but I do not want to do a double trip to Tubbataha in case the weather is bad. And some people like the flexibility of coming and going on variable dates to a land based hotel. This place offers great service that makes it all worth while as you will see in the Dumaguete section.

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    • Previous Tour - Sorong in 2010
      • Ambon to Sorong, 12 nights in 2010

        October 2nd:

        Guests arrive in Ambon from Bali and board boat. Set up dive gear and camera equipment.

        October 3rd:

        A full day of Ambon Harbor diving the fabulous critter bonanza of Laha, the rocky slope next to the fishing pier. Replete with multiple species of frogfish, flamboyant cuttlefish, reef cuttlefish, ribbon eels, nudibranchs, juvenile batfish, two species of blue-ring octopus, mandarin fish...the list goes on. One day is the minimum amount of time we would spend here.

        October 4th:

        We make our way along the west coast of Ceram (the large island north of Ambon) stopping at a couple of sites that Kararu has recently discovered. Batu Satu (One Rock) is a large rock connected to the mainland by a shallow reef.....

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    • Previous Tour Indonesia in 2010
      • Indonesia in 2010

        2010 Sept. 18th:

        We arrive in Maumere after our flight from Bali. The Sea Safari VII will depart for Adonara strait while we organize our dive gear and cameras. (See map below.)

        Sept. 19th:

        We arrive at the island of Adonara, across a narrow strait from the big island of Flores. Diving here is "muck" diving along reef slopes looking for seahorses, frogfish, crustaceans, ghost pipefish, etc. Can you see the really tiny black frogfish in the yellow circle?

        20 and 21:

        In the South Alor Region, we will be diving at Beangabang Village, a black sand bay opening to the Indian Ocean at the southern end of Alor. Beangabang is listed as the favorite critter dive of many underwater photojournalists.

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    • Why travel with Cathy?
      • When it's time for adventure Join a Photo Tour with Cathy Church

        Top 8 reasons to travel with Cathy:

        1. You will have access to Cathy Church to answer your questions about your camera equipment and techniques. You will enjoy my free coaching and mini-lectures offered throughout the day to answer photo questions, share ideas, and critique images.

        2. You will get free lessons and help with editing your photos with Photoshop. If you need special help, I will even help you in the water if I see you having a problem with your camera or technique.

        3. You can find help or share your own ideas with everyone around you. You will be surrounded by photographers who are happy to help you with answers, tips and ideas.

        4.You will be with only the nicest people. We choose people who are easy-going, who take their good times with them and who are flexible and are ready to share. If you especially want a particular dive site, everyone else will say that's fine with them because they know that next time everyone will do the same for them.more>>>

    • The Adventure continues to the Philippines in 2018

      August 11 – 25, 2018 aboard the Azores and at Atlantis Dumaguete Resort

      Join me (Cathy Church) for a great photo workshop for ten nights aboard the Azores followed by four more nights at the Atlantis Dumaguete resort on Negros Island. On this extended trip we will have time to visit the best clear-water reefs and walls as well as amazing small critter muck dives, a bait ball or two and even Thresher sharks! All of these are on my list of essential diving experiences.

      On Aug. 21 we move from the Azores to the Atlantis Dumaguete Resort. No need to lose any diving days for flying or transfers, etc. Cameras are transferred intact to their fabulous camera room and SCUBA gear is taken directly to the convenient SCUBA equipment room.

      There will be more information added here soon, but we already have some reservations, so at least get your name on the “interested” list so that you will not risk having to miss this.

      more>>>

  • Gallery

About Cathy Church

As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

She continued on to the University of Hawaii where she earned her MS in Marine biology but in the late 1960s, in Hawaii, she was not able to break the barricades against women divers and she quit pursuing a career as a scientist. Instead, she turned to two other activities—underwater photography and a job teaching 7th and 8th grade science in California.

She quickly became recognized as one of the world's foremost teachers and authors on underwater photography. Cathy was a photo editor for Skin Diver magazine for 15 years, coauthored hundreds of magazine articles and four books on underwater photo techniques, and offered seminars throughout the USA. Her first week-long photo courses were taught in Grand Cayman in 1972. She developed the first franchised photo courses for dive shops through NASDS.

A versatile photographer, she is well known for many styles of photography from documentary and editorial to the gallery art you see here. She has photographed for many clients including Kodak, Nikon, the US Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. Her poster "Wonderland" earned a Certificate of Distinction from Creativity Magazine for best travel poster of the year in 1991. For fourteen years she produced serious black and white photography, spending long days in the darkroom to make her limited edition fine art black and white prints. Her coffee table book "My Underwater Photo Journey" was published in 2004. When hurricane Ivan destroyed her darkroom, and as she developed her digital techniques, she is now producing all of her imagery digitally. After almost fifty years of underwater photography, Cathy is still developing new twists and turns to her photography, adding to her new imagination collection that was released in 2009. She is always keeping up with developments so that she can teach her students the most up-to-date techniques.

She has taught thousands of divers how to enjoy their photography. She still offers seminars throughout the USA and teaches regularly at her underwater photo centre in Grand Cayman. Cathy and Herb Rafael were married in Grand Cayman in 1991. They teach underwater photography and operate Cathy Church's Photo Centre and Gallery at Sunset House Hotel. Herb's photos have appeared in Skin Diver Magazine, the cover of Scuba Times, and several other publications as well as advertising campaigns for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Herb handles the marketing and sales, while Cathy concentrates on the photography, teaching and technical side of the photo centre. They both are dedicated to making sure that each customer is best served in whatever way they can.

Cathy's enthusiasm when she teaches and her kindness toward her students have won her accolades from divers around the world. She encourages people through her writing, her seminars and her classes to enjoy the wonders of the undersea environment. She spends many hours successfully coaching people who are fearful of the water on how to become snorkelers and divers. Her latest book, a coffee table book "My Underwater Photo Journey" is not only a collection of her favorite images from the first forty years of her career, but there are free photo lessons on line for each image. Cathy believes in sharing everything she has learned and she has found many ways to do that.

Like most divers she is a dedicated environmentalist. She spends long hours every week signing petitions, making donations, writing letters to decision makers and supporting environmental causes in any way she can. She became a vegan to reduce her impact on the over-consumption of ocean sea food and the destruction caused by raising cattle and other farm animals.

 

Detailed biography of Cathy Church

Childhood and college

Cathy Church (nee Catherine Hoffman) was born in 1945, in Altoona, Pennsylvania and moved immediately to southeastern Pennsylvania, remaining in Woodlyn, Ridley Township, until she was 16 years old. She has brothers Denis (deceased), Stephen and Matthew Hoffman and sisters Martha Williamson and Elizabeth Bollinger. She was an honor student and participated in Girl Scouts, music (piano, violin, chorus and can play two melodies on a Ukulele) and many sports, including basketball, lacrosse and field hockey. Her father, a Navy officer in WWII and then a mechanical engineer, moved the family to Michigan where Cathy attended Grand Haven High School in Michigan, active in debate, thespians and music and graduated in 1963.

Due to lack of funds she spent one year at Eastern Michigan until she found a financial sponsor (Leopold Schepp Foundation) so that she could continue for three years at the University of Michigan (continuing to play field hockey for U of M women's varsity) where she earned her B.S. in biology in 1967. She was introduced to SCUBA diving during summer courses at the U of M biology station at Pelston, MI and took a YMCA class in Ann Arbor with Dr. Lee Sommers, (who became a fellow of the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences). She attended Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Biology Station in Monterey, CA for a summer course in Marine Invertebrate Zoology in 1965.

During that time she met Jim Church who was just starting to write for Skin Diver magazine and taught her how to take photographs underwater using a Calypso camera and a twin lens reflex Rollei camera in a Rolleimarin housing, both with flashbulbs. In 1966, she and Jim attended a course in underwater photography at the Brooks Institute of Photography. She completed her Master's Degree in Marine Zoology at the University of Hawaii in 1970. She married Jim Church in 1969 (he came to Hawaii on sabbatical from teaching high school business classes in Gilroy, CA.) Since women were not allowed overnight on the research ship nor at any research station, she dropped out at the masters level rather than pursuing a PhD. A move which she still wishes she could reconsider. While she loves underwater photography, she REALLY loves the intrigue of science.

Starting a Career

With a degree in marine biology, she wanted to work in an underwater job in California, but women were not being accepted to work as a scuba diver at such places as California State Fish and Game. Since Jim Church was teaching in Gilroy, she was recruited there as a substitute teacher. Since no other work was available, she went to San Jose State College to get a teaching certificate. She taught 7th and 8th grade science in Gilroy from 1971 to 1978.

She and Jim pioneered new techniques for teaching underwater photography. Jim was excellent at organizing the teaching material so that it was clear to their students and readers. Cathy's interest and skill in science made possible their careful research to make sure that everything they wrote was accurate. For example, she was the first person ever to identify and write about the common mistake that underwater photographers made of aiming a strobe erroneously at the apparent image. It was a simple concept, unknown then, but it is now common knowledge—made clear by their interest in sharing their findings in hundreds of magazine articles.

Jim and Cathy wrote primarily for Skin Diver Magazine, for which they were the contributing photo editors for fifteen years, (from 1970 to 1985). They also wrote four books, "Beginning Underwater Photography" (five editions from 1972 to 1987), "Choosing and Using Underwater Strobes", "The Nikonos Book" (1979) and "The Nikonos Handbook" (1986). Not only did they write the books, they produced the camera-ready layout in their home, and published the books themselves.

In 1974, they wrote and produced the first underwater photography course for use by a major certifying agency, regrettably NASDS, where John Gaffney usurped the copyright and the course was never updated. Since there were already several major lawsuits against this unscrupulous man, they decided not to pursue their case in court. (Ed Brawley, for example, won his lawsuit against Mr. Gaffney proving that he actually stole the entire "Gold Book," a complete instructor-training course from Mr. Brawley.) Soon afterward, Jim and Cathy also had difficulty with a photo agency distributing their photos without recognizing the amount payable to them. These bad experiences set the Church duo back quite a bit, and discouraged them from pursuing the use of large agencies as an outlet for their work.

The first SuperCourse

In 1971, Cathy and Jim went to Grand Cayman to visit with friends Ron and Nancy Sefton, who were preparing to build a dedicated dive resort (to become Spanish Bay Reef). The next year the hotel was completed and the Seftons invited them to help the guests at their hotel and Cathy and Jim could stay at no charge. During the first course students shot their first roll of film in black and white, (and then used color slide film), Cathy processed the film, and each student made their own "black and white" studio proof by holding their film and special paper out in the sun until the images showed.

The students had access to Cathy and Jim's only Marker Buoy extension tube, one housed Vivitar strobe, a Nikonos and a few other items. They did one dive each morning and afternoon, (divers were towed by rope to the nearby dive site at first) and lectures were in the evening. As larger boats were added, the format improved to include long, three-hour shallow dives for plenty of time to take pictures, and afternoon lectures. Thirty years later, Cathy's SuperCourse offered 15 complete Nikonos systems with many sets of lenses and strobes, the use of a housed system as well as use of a digital system, and still offered the famous long three-hour dives from a boat loaded with tanks, Nitrox, and snacks. This format became very popular and they were almost always full.

With the advent of digital systems, whereby everyone had a different camera, the Super Courses were discontinued in 2005 in favor of smaller, shorter classes that could concentrate on more individual needs.

In 2011, the idea of group instruction was modified for a new style of fun photo vacation at Sunset House --the Cathy Church PhotoFest. This format provided a low-cost vacation for a larger number of participants, a lighter lecture schedule with lots of options from several instructors and of course still offered the same long dives.

Accomplishments and goals

Teaching is Cathy's true love and she has opened the door to underwater photography for thousands of divers. She organized and taught underwater photography seminars in Seattle, Meadowlands NJ, New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta, Houston, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Columbus OH, Boston, Monterey, CA and more. Cathy has taught more students how to enjoy underwater photography than anyone in the world. She has taught her week-long photo classes yearly in the Cayman Islands (except for four years in the U.S. Virgin Islands) since 1972. Her first lessons, even in 1972, stressed buoyancy control and preservation of the reef. In 1986, she separated from Jim and they were divorced a year later. During the separation, she and Jim continued to teach one last summer session of about six week-long SuperCourses, assisted by Mike Mesgleski. In the first class in 1987, she met Herb Rafael, whom she married in 1991.

Cathy established her own U/W photo center at Sunset House in Grand Cayman in 1988. Her primary efforts still revolve around teaching underwater photography and making sure that divers enjoy their underwater experience. She has superb insight into how the students think and works to teach them individually in ways to which each student can relate.

Always looking for new directions, she is especially concerned that although many people are interested in learning to dive they are too apprehensive and even too afraid to keep up with normal SCUBA instruction. She recently wrote an extensive article about helping the fearful student learn to dive. She has shared it with many who have been excited at what she taught them and are now trying and succeeding to learn to SCUBA.

In another direction, she developed her skill at producing fine art black and white prints. Again, it is her background and love of science that guided her through the complexities of the craft of black and white. Mixing chemicals and working through the zone system was an enjoyable challenge. It was an exciting challenge mixing the craft with the art of underwater photography in black and white. Her darkroom was damaged during Hurricane Ivan in Sept. 2004, and she is now excited by the opportunities to mix the creativity of using Photoshop and printing from a digital format.

Her photography has graced the pages of many underwater and non-diving publications. She has produced beautiful underwater images for numerous advertising clients, including the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, Kodak, Nikon, various cruise lines, US Virgin Islands, and more. Her underwater prints are available on line and through her gallery in the Cayman Islands. Her coffee table book "My Underwater Photo Journey" was published in 2004.

At the age of 70 she is not only continuing her collection of photos called the "Imagination Collection" where it no longer matters "what" the photo is, but only "what it looks like to you and your imagination.” But she is adding an entirely new dimension in her fantasy collection, made through various styles including a lot of photoshop. She says that she is looking forward to another twenty-five years of helping others take better photographs underwater.

Click here for her long list of Honors

 

 

Cathy enters the Beneath the Sea Awards banquet (2013), decked out in her finest bling, most of which have been gifts from her good friend Natasha Bleyzer.