Underwater Photography Exhibition


Xanthe Rivett is holding an exhibition of underwater images of North Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. 

WHEN: Friday 17 to Sundy 26th September. Open 12-8pm daily. Opening night 6-8pm.
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WHERE: HUGS Art Space, 70 Abbott Street, Cairns (opposite the Cairns Library)

For more information contact xanthe@xantherivett.com or phone 0406-331214.

Inspired? The Reef Teach presentation includes a few basic tips on underwater photography for first-timers, or drop into Digital Diver, our sister company (click on the Underwater Photography link under Handy Links in the sidebar) for all your underwater photographic needs.

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36th World Festival of Underwater Films


Winning films from the 36th Underwater Film Festival – held in Marseille, France – are coming to Cairns on Saturday 7th August AND Sunday 8th August from 7:30pm at the Cairns Civic Theatre, Florence Street.

The full programme has not yet been finalised but will include eight winning films from the festival and a selection of short movies by local talent as well. Watch this space for further info – we’ll keep you posted!

Click here for more information about the World Festival of Underwater Films – si vous parlez français! For details of films from the 36th (2009) Festival, check out the link to Palmarès 2009 in the Festival 2009 section.

Coral Sea Dreaming? Awaken!

Special Event Screening in Cairns on Tuesday 8 June

The Cairns and Far North Environment Centre and Plankton Productions are presenting Coral Sea Dreaming – Awaken in Cairns. In addition to the screening there will be a discussion regarding marine threats held by David Hannan and prominent marine experts.

Where: Tanks Art Centre, Collins Avenue, Cairns
When: Tuesday 8 June at 7pm
Tickets: on the door $15 and $10 concession
Contact: (07) 4032 1746 or download the flyer.

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Coral Spawning Update

We anticipated a split spawning this year (because the full moon was so early in November), and we’ve got one. Initially, conditions looked good for the coral to spawn in November, but a change in the weather brought rougher and cooler conditions than expected, and although a few corals went ahead and spawned anyway, most held back. This means you have another chance to catch them in flagrante! If you’re feeling voyeuristic, and want to get in on the act, contact Deep Sea Divers Den (Tel: 07-4046-7333) or Tusa Dive (Tel: 07-4047-9100) who are running coral spawning trips on:

Sunday 6 / Monday 7 / Tuesday 8 December 

The Cove in Cairns

Stop Press!
The Cove won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature of 2009!

The CoveThe award-winning movie The Cove is coming to Cairns as part of the Sydney Travelling Film Festival, and will be screened at: Cairns City Cinemas, 108 Grafton Street  at 7:30pm , Sunday 22 November.

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Coral spawning – the biggest orgy on the planet!

Coral SpawningThe Great Barrier Reef is about to give birth! Once a year, on just a few nights, over 150 species of corals along the Great Barrier Reef give birth during the biggest orgy on the planet! This extraordinary mass reproductive event is unparalleled anywhere on earth. Corals need exactly the right conditions (sea temperature, tides, time of day) to spawn, and mass spawning usually occurs 4-6 nights after the full moon in November. This year, because the full moon occurs so early in the month, scientists predict it will occur between the 6th and 8th November, with a potential second (split) spawning in early December. Don’t miss your chance to witness this incredible event: Deep Sea Divers Den (Tel: 07-4046-7333) and Tusa Dive (Tel: 07-4047-9100) are both offering spawning trips for snorkellers and divers on:

Friday 6 / Saturday 7 / Sunday 8 November 2009

To learn more about coral spawning, read our newsletter “Sex on the reef!”

35th Underwater Film Festival comes to Cairns!

35th Underwater Film Festival

The winning films from the 35th Underwater Film Festival – direct from Antibes in France – are coming to Cairns for 1 night only!

Saturday 1st August from 7:30pm at the Civic Theatre, Florence Street.

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