May 1 – 8, 2021
Sunset House, Grand Cayman

PhotoFest

Join our 11th year of Cathy Church’s Underwater PhotoFest

Our Underwater Photo Fest has the world’s longest dive times! Join our 11th Cathy Church Underwater Photo Fest at Sunset House, in Grand Cayman. On 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.

No other group photo week offers as much instruction in the water, doing individual critiques, lecturing, etc. all with a complete understanding of how you want to be treated.

Reserve now
 

PhotoFest 2019

Created by Cathy Church

Price (USD)

7-Night package, double occupancy per person
Book early to guarantee your preferred room type

Courtyard double: US$2,494
Courtyard single: $3,059
Courtyard non-diver: $1,324
Oceanview double $2,660
Oceanview single $3,392
Oceanview non-diver $1,490
Suite double $2,794
Suite single $3,558
Suite non-diver $1,574
Apartment double $2,827
Apart single $3,724
Apart non-diver $1,657

Non-divers welcome at reduced rates

Schedule at-a-glance

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

Included

  • 5 days boat diving with extended bottom time and nitrox; includes shallow reefs and walls*
  • Unlimited shore diving with Nitrox
  • 7 nights accommodation with all government tax and hotel service charges at Sunset House Hotel for divers
  • Daily full made-to-order breakfast
  • Welcome Cocktail Party, hors d’oeurves and more
  • Waterfront BBQ feast on the last night
  • Amazing prizes including a return trip!
  • Photo coaches available from 7:30 am to 6 pm above and underwater
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily made-to-order breakfast
  • Complimentary buoyancy control class from Sunset Divers
  • Welcome rum punch happy hour with hors d’oeuvres
  • Waterfront BBQ dinner with prizes, photo slideshow and giveaways
  • All boats are camera friendly with Cathy Church and/or her staff of fabulous Photo Coaches on board
  • Lectures and coaching available 1/2 hours a day
  • 20% off camera rentals and one limited free trial use of camera DEMO gear from manufacturers to determine if you wish to try them
  • Photo Critiques from Cathy or her staff of Photo Coaches
  • Over $5,000 worth of giveaways and prizes
  • Boats include fresh drinking water, fruit and Nitrox for our extended style of diving
  • *Weather permitting and schedules subject to change

Not included

  • Night boat dive
  • Stingray City dive
  • Camera rental other than a demo use
  • Meals not noted above
  • Photo pro gratuities or dive crew gratuities

We strongly recommend purchasing trip insurance such as Travelguard or DAN. Credits for future trips cannot be given as all instructors expenses and other costs have already been allocated. Please do not ask me to pay for your change of plans. Giving you a future trip just means that I cannot accept a paying person in your free place so your cancellation comes straight out of my pocket. But insurance will pay you. Dive insurance is mandatory.

PhotoFest activities

Beneath the Sea’s Pioneer-of-the-year-Award-winner, Cathy Church, was the first and is still the best in the industry for teaching underwater photography.

Enjoy exciting classes with Cathy and her fabulous staff:

Lessons from getting started to creative lighting

Compact, Mirrorless, and DSLR Cameras

Video Cameras

Photo critiques

Photo and Video editing

Composition

Taking photos in the water

Separate photo contests for every level. One special category where only the worst photo can Win big!

Photo-friendly dive boats with photo coaches on board

Fabulous Fun

Plentiful Prizes

Free Olympus Demo Gear and Great Giveaways

Long bottom times

Cathy is a photographer and she knows what you want—lots of bottom time on interesting, fun, and photogenic dive sites. On the shallow dive days, you can stay down for three hours! Even on days when there is a stunning wall dive, you can use your computer and your nitrox to get maximum time for the wall dive and often ninety minutes on the shallow second dive. On the shallow dives 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 keep diving and finding subjects and taking photos until three hours are up. You might want to bring a little extra exposure protection to avoid getting chilled during these marathon dives. There will be one or two photo coaches on each boat helping solve camera questions, suggest creative strobe lighting angles, or showing you a terrific subject for your type of photography.

Afternoon activities

Photo or video class
Critique
Shore dive
Shopping
Nap
Have a beer by the sea

Sunset House has one of the best shore dives in Grand Cayman with plenty of close-up subjects, a wonderful little wreck, a nine-foot bronze mermaid, a coral nursery, a big anchor. Watch for rays, eels and turtles. All in 20 to 60 feet deep.

Learning is fun

Lectures by Cathy and her knowledgeable staff are fun and informative. Lecture topics can include: Basics of photography, Composition, Strobe Lighting, Photo Editing, Close-ups, Wide Angle, Critter information and more.

Critiques never make you cry, no matter how your photos turned out. Critiques are designed to help you grow, not to make you feel bad! And when you get your best photo ever, you will get plenty of applause.

Schedule

Saturday

Arrivals all day

Camera system function tests with Staff at Photo Centre

Complimentary Buoyancy Control Class with Sunset Divers

Shore diving available

Program Orientation

Welcome Happy Hour with Fruit or Rum Punch and hors d’ouvres

Sunday

AM Three-hour macro, shallow Boat dive**

Shore diving available

PM Lectures

PM Photo Critiques

Monday

AM three-hour shallow Boat dive

Shore diving available

PM Lectures

PM Photo Critiques

*Kittiwake PM trip (additional charge)

Tuesday

AM Wall and shallow wide angle Boat dives

Shore diving available

PM Lectures

PM Photo Critiques

Wednesday

AM Wall wreck wide angle Boat dive

Shore diving available

PM Lectures

PM Photo Critiques

*Night Boat Dive (additional charge)

Thursday

AM three-hour shallow Boat dive

Shore diving available

PM Photo Critiques

*Stingray City Trip (additional charge)

Friday

Shore diving available

Underwater Scavenger Hunt from shore

BBQ dinner and Photo Contests / Giveaways / Final video / Slideshows

Saturday

Departure day: diving available for those staying longer.

*Subject to change at any time, without notice

**Schedule varies among the three boats so not all three groups will be trying to dive on the same best wall or wreck dives.

Contests and socializing

Share fish tales socializing with the other underwater photographers, enjoy cocktails as you watch the spectacular sunset at the famous My Bar, and see everyone’s best photos at the final evening photo presentation (previously known as a “slide show”. Photo contests and drawings for great prizes and giveaways from Olympus, Scubapro, Ultralight, Sea and Sea, Ikelite, Sunset House, DAN, GoPole, AquaSketch, Cathy Church’s and more. Enter the worst photo category for the super prize. Anyone can win!

Available nowhere else in the world

Nowhere else can you find our quality and style of photo-friendly diving. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet, learn from and dive with Cathy herself. She is a legend in underwater photography, having received almost every award the industry has to give.

She is first and foremost a teacher, generously offering all of her 54+ years of knowledge and experience to every student—no matter what their level or equipment. She taught the coaches who will be assisting you, so you can expect excellent instruction from them as well. Advanced or beginner, photographer or videographer, even non-diver guests are welcome.

If you are considering any other Caribbean photo workshop, ask if the instructor is dedicated to helping students IN the water the way Cathy Church is—she and her staff do not carry their own camera to do their own photography. It is all for you!

We look forward to helping you get some beautiful underwater photographs and have a great vacation.

Reservation information

Checks

Payable to Cathy Church Photo Center

 

Mail to
Cathy Church Photo Center
Sunset House
390 South Church Street
Grand Cayman, KY1-1106 Cayman Islands

Credit Card
345-949-7415 Cayman number

607-330-3504 U.S. direct with credit card information

There is a 2.5% credit card surcharge for all portions paid for with credit card. We accept all major credit cards including American Express.

 

Payments (USD)
Book early to guarantee your preferred room type.

To reserve your room now, deposit $250 per room

Second payment: 50% of balance due by Dec. 7, 2020

Final payment: 100% due by Feb. 8, 2021

Send a reservation inquiry

Cancellation Policy (USD)

Before November 7, 2020 – full refund of payment already made
Between November 7, 2020 and December 7, 2020 – forfeit $250
Between December 8, 2020 and February 8, 2021 – forfeit 50% of total
After February 9, 2021 – forfeit due 100% of total
No rollover allowed

*Cancellations apply for new bookings and not to participants who were rescheduled from 2020 due to COVID-19. For those participants, 100% is forfeited if canceled.