Festival Competitions

Here’s a list of the competitions for the 2018 festival:

1. Photo Contest with Advanced, Open and Video categories.
2. Treasure Hunt (tokens for prizes)
3. The Aqualung Mr & Mrs Fishbreath contest (for the longest time underwater)
4. The Big Bad Cape RADD Bio Blitz
5. The Coral Professionals Cannon Race (4pm Saturday)
6. The Coral Open Cannon Race (4pm Sunday)
7. The ScubaPro His & Hers Lucky Draw
8. Dive Masters & Skippers Lucky Draw
9. Ollava Early Bird Draw (already drawn and won)
10. The scuba.co.za Dive Against Debris

We will be adding the rules and the prizes that can be won as the info becomes available.


You have to be at the Prize Giving on Sunday at 6pm to receive a prize.

No attendance, no prize!


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There will be 2 races and teams can only participate in 1.   (changed from 2016 when teams could compete in both)

1.  The Coral Professionals Canon Race on Saturday 28th at 4pm.  This is for dive shop, charter operator and dive school staff as well as commercial divers.

2  The Coral Open Canon Race on Sunday 28th at 4pm.  This is for recreational diver teams and dive clubs.

 Canon Race


 The Basics;  Teams (groups of up to 5 teams) line up at the start/finish line on the slipway about 20 meters from the waters edge.  The Race Master gives a countdown and on “go” a stopwatch starts and teams, carrying a rolled up lift bag, rush into the water and swim out to a marked area where concrete cannons are lying on the seabed touching a chain. They dive down, attach a lift bag to a cannon, inflate the lift bag, lift the cannon off the seabed and swim the cannon towards a large buoy located about 50m further out. They round the buoy (in any direction) and swim the cannon back to the seabed chain.  The bags are then deflated and the cannon put down so that it touches the chain and is at least 2m away from any other cannon. The lift bag is untied and the team (with the liftbag) race back to the start/finish line. The Race Master takes the teams time when the last team member and all there equipment crosses the line.  The team with the fastest time wins.  If more than 5 teams enter the race teams are split into heats with similar numbers of teams in each heat. If the fastest 2 or 3 teams have times within a few seconds of each other the Race Master may rule to have a finals race between just those teams.

  • A team consists of 3 qualified divers, 1 of whom must be female.

  • 2 team members must be in scuba gear so the remaining diver may be in snorkelling gear only.

  • Scuba gear must be a minimum 10 liter cylinder, a BC or wing and a regulator with a primary and Octo demand valve.

  • Lift Bags must be inflated with a standard demand valve and no other inflation devices may be used.

  • Lift Bags (all identical open bottom cylindrical bags) are provided and only these with their attached rope may be used.

  • No clips or ropes, other than the rope on the lift bag, may be used.

  • Failure to place a cannon on the chain or placing a cannon less than 2 meters away from another cannon may result in disqualification.

  • Impeding the progress of another team intentionally may result in disqualification.

  • Swimming underneath or having any body part underneath a lifted cannon is extremely dangerous and may result in disqualification.

  • Any team which does anything which the Race Master deems UNSAFE, may be disqualified.

  • The Race Masters word is final.

Cannon racing, and watching it, is simply the most fun you can have in scuba!  It’s a true spectators sport, especially at the yacht club where all the action happens right alongside a walkway so you can see exactly how badly some teams get it wrong…  and how others race to fame and fortune (the prizes are really huge – Thanks Coral!)

To encourage maximum participation we will be producing a YouTube video exposing all the tips to gain a few extra seconds which have been held secret by the old cannon racers for years. The video will be published 1 week prior to the festival and there will be opportunities to practice the techniques at Long Beach for those that want to put in a bit of training time.  So get your team together right now.



Just like in previous years there will be an Open and an Advanced category for the photo competition.

Contestants can only participate in either the Open or the Advanced category, not in both!

The Open category is for photographers that have no more than 5 year experience in capturing images underwater. They also may not have been placed first in ANY photographic competition in the past two years.

The Advanced category is for competitors that do not fall into the Open category.

Each contestant is allowed to submit a maximum of three (3) images into their chosen category.

The photos are to be taken on CTDF dives during the shooting period Saturday 28 (08:00 – 16:00) April and Sunday 29 April (08:00 – 16:00).

Submission of entries can be done on Sunday between 16:00 – 17:00.

Entries must be digital files and must be submitted as JPG/JPEG and RAW files, saved at a high quality level. If the camera does not record RAW files, the contestant will be allowed to only submit JPG/JPEG files.

Photo Manipulation: For simplicity, editing and post processing is NOT allowed. This is not a Photoshop contest and winning images are expected to represent reality. Black and white images are accepted in both categories if your camera can shoot in black & white. HDR, panoramas, focus stacking or other techniques that involve using multiple images taken at the same time and place are not allowed. This includes double and multi exposures. Images submitted should be un-edited photos straight out of camera.

Do not watermark your images with your name. The judging is anonymous and images containing a photographers watermark will be excluded.

Do not date and time stamp your images, but please ensure that you have the date and time settings of your camera correct so that it will be reflected in the properties of the image file.

Please respect the underwater environment, do not disturb or move animals for the sake of shooting your preferred image. If you can’t take the shot move on and try somewhere else.

All photos must be taken underwater (split-level images are permitted as long as a part of the image is underwater).

Each entry must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party.

Each entrant grants the CTDF Organising Committee the rights detailed below.

The copyright in all images submitted to the CTDF Organising Committee will remain with the copyright holder.

By entering the CTDF photo competition, each entrant grants to the CTDF Organising Committee a non-exclusive irrevocable license to reproduce, publish and communicate to the public by any means and exhibit their awarded image(s) and copies of their awarded image(s) in all media throughout the world in relation to the CTDF including but not limited to all use in the context of:

  • Judging the Competition,

  • Inclusion in promotional, press and marketing materials relating to the CTDF.

The CTDF Organising Committee may keep the awarded images within an archive (electronic or otherwise) provided that should the images be used in connection with the CTDF after the period of five years following the notification of awarded images, permission will be sought from the photographers.


The aim of the contestants is to produce a marketing video for use in future festivals.

The video should include both above and under water material, music and text in the form of subtitles. The video is to be approximately two minutes in length. In order to accommodate the videographer editing time we have decided that submission of the final video is allowed 2 days after the CTDF has ended. Upload your video on YouTube and post the link on the CTDF Facebook page not later than 23:59 on 1 May.


The Big Bad Cape RADD BioBLitz!

Firstly, Congratulations! You are already a winner by signing up to the Cape RADD BioBlitz! By taking part in this BioBlitz you not only have the opportunity to win great prizes, but you are contributing to important research on your beloved dive sites and marine environment which in the long run helps conserve and protect this incredible area of marine biodiversity.

The objective of the Cape RADD bioblitz is to photograph and ID as many species as possible during your dive trips throughout the weekend. A BioBlitz is a form of ‘Citizen science’ and is a quick way of gathering a large amount of data in a short period of time using many people working together to take a ‘snap shot’ of the biodiversity in the area of interest. This information can be used to see which species are thriving and which species are possibly becoming rarer to spot by comparing this new data with historical records from previous and ongoing monitoring surveys.

The Competition!

Photos must be submitted to the Cape RADD team by the end of the weekend (including sp. Not in categories). All quality photos will later be uploaded onto INaturalist under Cape RADD’s profile in due course. Cape RADD will supply a Laptop and Card reader in order for participants to upload photos onto a hard drive at the Cape RADD station.  The competition aspect of the BioBlitz will be based on three categories of animals. Cape RADD will review, judge and announce the competition winner by the end of the Dive show weekend.

Category 1: Nudibranchs


1 point for each species photo’d + identified

1 point for extra colour variants of the same species

2 points for proof of any behaviours captured (mating, eggs, eating)

25 points for range extensions or proven new species

Category 2: Echinoderms


1 point for each species Photo’d + identified

25 points for range extensions or proven new species

Category 3: Fish

1 point for each species photo’d + identified

25 points for range extensions or proven new species

General Rules of the competition:

  1. Judge’s decision is final

  2. All species must be photographed

  3. One species per photo only

  4. All photos must be submitted by dive day deadline; Saturday – 4pm, Sunday – 2pm.

  1. All photos must be submitted in JPEG or JPG format in dive site specific files (and category if possible i.e. fish, nudibranchs, echinoderms)

  2. Competition winner is person with most points

  3. This is a BioBlitz and so the main objective is to record as many species as possible in the area, therefore we ask for all species ID photos to be submitted not just competition categories

  4. By submitting ID photos to Cape RADD you are giving permission for the photo to be uploaded onto INaturalist only