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Announcing the Bird’s Head Seascape Manta ID Photo Contest

The more mantas we know, the more we will know about mantas!

Help the BHS Mantas and win the trip of a lifetime aboard one of Indonesia’s premiere liveaboards.

In commemoration of the BHS Manta ID Database’s 1000thentry, the BHS has decided to run a contest.  The grand prize will go to the person who submits the most distinct manta ID images. Additionally the grand prize winner, along with the top 10 submitters, will have the honor of naming a manta.  Note: if there is more than one individual who submits the same number of distinct manta sightings, the next criteria would be the one who submits the most new (to the data base) individuals. 

The grand prize winner will join host Edy Setyawan,, BHS’s Manta Ray Researcher, on an exclusive 11-night manta expedition aboard Indonesia’s legendary liveaboard, the Pindito, Jan 11-22 2021.

Edy Setyawan, BHS Manta Researcher

While cruising through the BHS’s largest known manta populations in the Dampier Strait, this trip will explore manta populations throughout northern Raja Ampat.  You will visit manta nurseries in the Wayag Islands and the West Dampier Strait, watch mantas being cleaned in the Kawe Islands and get acquainted with a different population of mantas in the remote, and seldom visited, Ayau Islands. You will have the opportunity to accompany and photograph Edy while he works.

During the evenings, Edy will entertain and educate you on “all things manta”, including:

  1. An intro to the BHS manta populations. Learn how they live, eat, mate and give birth, where they travel, and how to tell the different species apart.
  2. Learn about monitoring mantas with both acoustic and satellite tagging systems.
  3. Edy is an expert drone photographer. He will share images and information about the use of drones, which he says have revolutionized monitoring techniques.
  4. He will also explain the workings of the BHS Manta ID database, one of his most valuable monitoring tools.

Imagine all this plus between manta encounters you will be experience the thrill of diving on some of Raja Ampat’s top divesites.


How do you win?  It’s simple:

  1. Plan a trip to Raja Ampat during the coming, Oct. 2019-April 2020 season.
  2. Before you go, visit the BHS website’s Manta ID database to learn how to take a good manta ID image.
  3. While in Raja take as many manta ID images as you can.
  4. Submit them to the BHS Manta ID database.

That’s it!

At the end of May 2020, Edy will announce the lucky winner and the top 10 contributors.

Need more info, contact us:

Note: Contest is open only to Raja Ampat visitors; no liveaboard, resort, homestay employees or area residents may enter!

Are you a manta lover but not a photographer? Still want to join this incredible expedition?  That’s simple too: Contact for details.

The Bird’s Head would like to thank Pindito for their generous support without which this contest would not be possible.








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