• Store
    • Cathy's Book

      Cathy Church's favorite underwater photos from her journey (up to 2003) from the Caribbean to the South Pacific, from the surface to 150' deep, all gathered into this beautiful coffee table book.

      FREE ON-LINE PHOTO LESSONS!!!

    • Warranty and Returns

       

       Cathy Church store warranty and returns policy IMPORTANT 30 DAY SUPPLEMENTAL WARRANTY INFORMATION

       

       

  • Printing & Digital Servicing
    • Kiosk

      Self-Service Printing and Scanning

       

      Make prints from your digital media - phone, CD, thumb drive or memory card.

       

      Make calendars or holiday cards, add text and borders, crop and adjust.

       

    • Copying Art

      Share and sell your paintings and other art work over and over.

      We can make that happen with our wonderful reproduction and Giclee printing on canvas, watercolor or photo lustre paper. Our prints maintain the look and feel of your original. Or, you can direct us on how you would like it changed. What a great freedom to be able to change an oil painting that has that one little flaw you wished you had fixed. With digital printing, it is easy to make changes.

  • Wedding & Events
    • Cayman Photographers

      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. 

       

    • Cayman Photographers

       

      Cayman Photographers also provides Event Photography, Commercial Photography, Senior Portraits, Beach Portraits, Location Photography, Corporate Photography, Architectural Photography, Baby Bump Portraits, Underwater Photography, Baby and Children's' Photos, Trash the Dress Photography, Trash the Dress Videography, Engagement Photos, Wedding Videography, Event Videos, Press Conference Videography, Commercial Television and Video Production, and Audiovisual Displays throughout Grand Cayman and the Cayman Islands. 

       

  • Classes
    • Private 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.

      If video is your passion, let him teach you some of his tricks that earned him an Emmy in 2006 for film editing. Tony uses a MAC and can teach you such programs as Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, Aperture, iPhoto and PhotoShop.

      FUN EVENING CLASSES!

      Learning the basics with your compact or SLR camera!

      An intermediate class on becoming a better photographer

       

  • About Cathy
    • Cathy's Awards 

      Cathy has received many honors for her teaching and photography

      from 1971!

       

    • Articles

      Here are some recent articles by Cathy and About Cathy

       

  • Environmental Issues
    • Environmental Issues

       


      Grand Cayman is proposing the construction of a new cruise berthing facility that would totally remove the lovely wreck of the Balboa, one of my long time favorite places for teaching underwater photography. The dredging would also directly impact Soto’s Reef and Eden Rock — annual home to the incredible masses of silversides and tarpon. Silt from the dredging operations would expand for months as far as Sunset House where I teach and dive and could possibly smother and kill it.

       

       

      All of the environmental impact assessment clearly points all of this out, and also details the type of economic improvement for the island.

      We have formed a protest group called SaveCayman.org which points out the fallacy of destroying the very reefs that are the most popular for our cruise ship customers, etc. etc. and the severe economic fallout from so much environmental destruction as well as crowds, traffic, noise, and so on ad infinitum. 

  • About us
    • Location

      Grand Cayman, KY1-1106, CAYMAN ISLANDS 390 South Church Street

    • Employment Opportunities

      We occasionally need to look for a retail assistant or an underwater photo instructor

      Camera sales assistant:

      We are currently fully staffed, but we are always on the lookout ........

      Underwater Photo instructor:

      We have a great team here at the photo centre, and we sometimes need another.......

  • Contact 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
    • Cathy's Book

      Cathy Church's favorite underwater photos from her journey (up to 2003) from the Caribbean to the South Pacific, from the surface to 150' deep, all gathered into this beautiful coffee table book.

      FREE ON-LINE PHOTO LESSONS!!!

    • Warranty and Returns

       

       Cathy Church store warranty and returns policy IMPORTANT 30 DAY SUPPLEMENTAL WARRANTY INFORMATION

       

       

  • Printing & Digital Servicing
    • Kiosk

      Self-Service Printing and Scanning

       

      Make prints from your digital media - phone, CD, thumb drive or memory card.

       

      Make calendars or holiday cards, add text and borders, crop and adjust.

       

    • Copying Art

      Share and sell your paintings and other art work over and over.

      We can make that happen with our wonderful reproduction and Giclee printing on canvas, watercolor or photo lustre paper. Our prints maintain the look and feel of your original. Or, you can direct us on how you would like it changed. What a great freedom to be able to change an oil painting that has that one little flaw you wished you had fixed. With digital printing, it is easy to make changes.

  • Wedding & Events
    • Cayman Photographers

      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. 

       

    • Cayman Photographers

       

      Cayman Photographers also provides Event Photography, Commercial Photography, Senior Portraits, Beach Portraits, Location Photography, Corporate Photography, Architectural Photography, Baby Bump Portraits, Underwater Photography, Baby and Children's' Photos, Trash the Dress Photography, Trash the Dress Videography, Engagement Photos, Wedding Videography, Event Videos, Press Conference Videography, Commercial Television and Video Production, and Audiovisual Displays throughout Grand Cayman and the Cayman Islands. 

       

  • Classes
    • Private 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.

      If video is your passion, let him teach you some of his tricks that earned him an Emmy in 2006 for film editing. Tony uses a MAC and can teach you such programs as Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, Aperture, iPhoto and PhotoShop.

      FUN EVENING CLASSES!

      Learning the basics with your compact or SLR camera!

      An intermediate class on becoming a better photographer

       

  • About Cathy
    • Cathy's Awards 

      Cathy has received many honors for her teaching and photography

      from 1971!

       

    • Articles

      Here are some recent articles by Cathy and About Cathy

       

  • Environmental Issues
    • Environmental Issues

       


      Grand Cayman is proposing the construction of a new cruise berthing facility that would totally remove the lovely wreck of the Balboa, one of my long time favorite places for teaching underwater photography. The dredging would also directly impact Soto’s Reef and Eden Rock — annual home to the incredible masses of silversides and tarpon. Silt from the dredging operations would expand for months as far as Sunset House where I teach and dive and could possibly smother and kill it.

       

       

      All of the environmental impact assessment clearly points all of this out, and also details the type of economic improvement for the island.

      We have formed a protest group called SaveCayman.org which points out the fallacy of destroying the very reefs that are the most popular for our cruise ship customers, etc. etc. and the severe economic fallout from so much environmental destruction as well as crowds, traffic, noise, and so on ad infinitum. 

  • About us
    • Location

      Grand Cayman, KY1-1106, CAYMAN ISLANDS 390 South Church Street

    • Employment Opportunities

      We occasionally need to look for a retail assistant or an underwater photo instructor

      Camera sales assistant:

      We are currently fully staffed, but we are always on the lookout ........

      Underwater Photo instructor:

      We have a great team here at the photo centre, and we sometimes need another.......

  • Contact 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

       

       

The Adventure continues to the Philippines in 2018

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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. 

Cost for the trip is $7200.00 per person for shared rooms on the boat and at the hotel. There are several room upgrade options, including singles at the hotel. (Price includes live-aboard/hotel room, virtually all meals and snacks, marine park fees {which are subject to change}, and round-trip air and ground transfer between Manila and Dumaguete. There is a small surcharge for transfers for those traveling in groups of less than four.)

It is easy to add on more days at the resort to match your preferences before and/or after. I will likely extend my own stay by at least three or four days. You can even add days in front if you wish to check in earlier and get acclimated before you board the boat. 

  

 

  

The boat and the staterooms

The 107-foot Atlantis Azores has seven  cabins below decks, (each with a double lower and a single upper bunk) and one suite on the upper deck with a window and desk that has already been reserved. All have air conditioning, en suite wash basin, toilet and shower. Storage space is quite limited, but since your scuba gear is all in your dive locker, and your camera gear can remain above deck, you need only store your bathing suits, toiletries, a few pairs of shorts and some tee shirts. Your travel clothes can be stored in flexible dive bags under the beds.  

 

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 Diving is made easy

The large dive deck has a three-tier camera table and individual dive gear storage. Diving is primarily done from two zodiacs manned by a wonderfully reliable crew of boatmen who will find you wherever you surface. For me, this is one of the most important features of a live-aboard dive boat. Thus, I can relax, wander around and find subjects and not worry about getting lost or not being found.

 

  

Dining on the Azores 

 Dining on the Azores is always a good part of the day. No one leaves the table hungry and the chef is ready to adjust to special dietary needs. But your needs have to be honest--if you say that your religion requires your to eat lobster and filet mignon every night, and we find no mention of it on the internet you may be busted. There are drinks and snacks throughout the day, and a serving of wine included with dinner.

 For those who actually have free time between diving, eating, sleeping and reviewing your photos, there is a deck on the top with a spa and sun lounges. There are also movies and such for those who need even more to enjoy. 

 

Partial diving itinerary for Cebu 

We will start at the southern tip of Cebu to include a snorkel encounter with whale sharks being fed at Oslob. This is not a wild encounter, but it s a guaranteed way to get close to whale sharks. Doing this from the Azores is much easier than coming by land and then a boat ride from the Atlantis Resort. It is not ideal but it is on the way and it can be a fantastic experience.

We continue north toward Moalboal for dramatic drop-offs, lots of fish, nudibranchs and a possible sardine run encounter (on SCUBA.)

Further north we explore the Malpascua area and do a deep, morning dive to see the thresher sharks. We work our way back south enjoying the vast variety of opportunities including mantas, schooling fish, dramatic drop offs, and amazing reefs of hard corals. While the hard corals are fabulous to see, they are very difficult to get a dramatic photo. I have include several examples from Apo Island in this image link.

 

The Atlantis Dumaguete Dive Resort

This incredible resort is in the southern Philippines 60 minutes from Manila and 30 minutes from the Dumaguete airport. It faces a long peaceful stretch of beach and is surrounded on land by a lush tropical garden.

Diving is EASY

Land based, you ask? NEVER-- too much lugging gear you think? NOT HERE. It is made easy for you. You do not have to carry your dive gear except your camera (although I get two guys to carry mine). Otherwise, just board the dive boat, let them put your tank on your back and fall in. The gear is delivered back to the rinse bins and it is just a few steps away to put it on your shelf or hang it to dry.

Now pay attention here. The words convenient are used way too loosely. So you decide if this next image rates a "Wow": Here is the dive locker storage area.

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There are sixty of these shelves--so you each get one! More importantly, your gear is carried for you to and from the dive boat. All of the ease of a live-aboard only you have a lot bigger cabin and plenty of places to walk! And just a few steps away are the showers and rinse bins for gear!

 

  

The facilities are First Class

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How about the shower and rinse area--and the water is hot! Is this easy enough?  

And check this out --an air-conditioned camera room with 110 and 220 charging shelf above your work area and fluorescent light under it to see your O-rings better. Yes, they even have a paper towel  dispenser and there are 21 spaces!! This is the best camera facility I have seen anywhere, ever! 

 

Diving

Dive boats take no more than 6 - 8 divers. Most dive sites are within 10 minutes of the hotel, so dive boats can go out at 9, 11, 2 pm, 4 pm and 6pm if you want to do five dives a day. With 16 of us, we can plan for our own three boats and those who wish fewer, long dives can do so. We can arrange our own boats to suit our particular needs. Or, we can take a special longer three tank trip to Apo Island. 

Here is the important part -- Every critter known to divers is found here-- well, almost every kind. No leafy sea dragons, but there are nudibranchs, ghost pipe fish, mantis shrimp, mandarin fish, seahorses, frog fish, mimic octopus--the list is getting too long but you get the idea. Southern Philippines and  throughout northern Indonesia has the oldest shallow sea in the world and thus has the most diversity. Add a very friendly, service oriented culture to the mix and you have a great destination.

Go to here where you will find complete descriptions of 33 dive sites and the type of critters from the tiniest frog fish to the largest schools of Big-Eye Trevally. .

 

Rooms

There are several classes of rooms. (See here ) Most of them are the standard deluxe rooms, but you can upgrade to one of the large garden suites, a large sea-view suite and four oceanfront rooms. Single rooms are affordable and available. I will make all of those reservations for you.

   

Photography trips with Cathy Church

I will be available throughout this trip to answer questions, help with problems, critique as needed to troubleshoot or just to admire your photos. If you have topics in particular that you would like me to do a presentation on, I am quite happy to do that on the boat. I will have about 8 short presentation available by request.

Mostly, I am there to make sure that you are getting the care you need, the dives you want, and the services above and underwater that you are expecting. I am also there in case another guest is making you feel uncomfortable or is disrupting your ability to enjoy the trip. Fortunately, I have been called upon to do this only about three times in my more than 50 trips, but I have nipped several issues in the bud before anyone even knew about it. 

 

Price includes:

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Cancellation Policy,

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Deposit and Payment

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