The companies and individuals listed on this page and elsewhere on this website are honored sponsors of NCUPS competitions. Without the support of these sponsors NCUPS would not be able to provide the Underwater Photographer Community in Northern California the level of support and education that it does today. NCUPS thanks our sponsors and urges those who enter our contests or belong to the Northern California Underwater Photographers Society to consider these sponsors when planning a dive trip or when purchasing photography or dive gear. Click on a link below to see more information on that sponsor.

For information on becoming an NCUPS sponsor please contact Lanette Otvos .

Last updated: November 2012


Atmosphere Resort and Spa

Indulge yourself and surrender to Atmosphere where the warmest of Philippine hospitality is combined with first class amenities and service to bring you an unforgettable experience within the stunning Philippine archipelago. Beautifully situated within an old seven acre coconut plantation on the island of Negros, Atmosphere enjoys a spectacular beach front location alongside the warm coastal waters of the Philippine Sea. Whether you want to scuba dive, indulge in the enchanted spa or simply read a book by the pool, you can look forward to an unforgettable stay.

Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo

Backscatter Underwater Video and Photo is a full service underwater imaging center located in Monterey, California offering a great selection of new, used and rental equipment. As an authorized Warranty Service Center for Nikonos and Sea & Sea they offer a quick turnaround and expert workmanship on all underwater equipment. Imaging workshops are offered in Monterey, the Channel Islands, and around the world. Please discover their website for workshop schedules and the latest in imaging equipment.


Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With more than $46 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks fourth overall in patent holdings in the U.S. in 2010†, and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2011. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility.

Kararu Dive Voyages, Indonesia

Check out our amazing liveaboard scuba diving cruises to Komodo Marine Park, The Banda Sea, Alor Island & Irian Jaya. Kararu liveaboard scuba diving adventures visits a range of remote and exciting locations in the Indonesian archipelago. From the famous islands of Komodo Marine Park to the historically important Banda Sea and as far as Raja Ampat and Fak Fak in the Western half of Irian Jaya, our cruises offer something for every scuba diver.

Lembeh Dive Resort and Critters at Lembeh

Lembeh Dive Resort, a spectacular boutique style resort, is situated on Lembeh Island and perched above the beautiful Strait. The mecca of critter diving, the Lembeh Strait, is home to more than 40 magnificent dive sites showcasing Indonesia’s world-renowned biodiversity. Your underwater experience with Lembeh Resort will be as fantastic as your stay.

Newmediasoup, LLC

We are a multimedia design company located in Oakland, California that creates interactive digital experiences and professional graphic design solutions that inform, engage, and captivate.

Reef & Rainforest

From the remote islands of Indonesia to the mysterious wrecks of the Truk Lagoon, Reef & Rainforest has specialized in designing personalized itineraries to exotic destinations since 1995.
As a fully accredited and registered US Travel Agency, we work with you to tailor each trip to your specific interests and create an escape perfectly suited for you. We can provide you with accommodation, diving, air tickets, land excursions and transfers.
Let our experience be your guide!

Wakatobi Dive Resort & Pelagian Dive Yacht

Wakatobi and Pelagian Dive Yacht are about more than a top diving experience and a great time in an exceptional environment. With us you’re secure in the knowledge that our highly qualified team goes out of its way to make your stay safe and enjoyable. With marine conservation at the very heart of our business model, a private and exclusive air connection out of Bali, and a remote dive operation honed to highest standards, Wakatobi and Pelagian take you where no other dive operation has gone before.

Worldwide Dive and Sail

Liveaboard Diving in Asia and the Pacific. Siren Fleet offers liveaboard dive holidays in Thailand, Indonesia, the Maldives, India and the Philippines, Palau, Malaysia and Timor-Leste. Make Siren Fleet liveaboards your number one choice for the ultimate diving experience.




Aquatica is a Canadian manufacturer of fine quality aluminum housing for underwater photography.


Japanese manufacturer of the underwater photography and videography equipment.

Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers

A premiere dedicated dive resort on the island of Yap in Micronesia, designed by divers and built for divers.

MV Manthiri

On Manthiri, a luxury liveaboard in the Maldives, we’re dedicated to spoiling you from the first moment you arrive, so… Maruhaba. Welcome.

Minihasa Lagoon

A small boutique resort located on the mainland coast of North Sulawesi (ex Celebes), approx. 30 km South-West of Manado.


Nauticam Underwater Camera Housings are an innovative, ergonomic, and rugged choice for discerning underwater photographers.



Blackbeard Cruises

Cocotino’s Resort

FocalPress Books

Light & Motion

Monterey Express Dive Boat

Nautilas Explorer

Olympus Camera

Sea & Sea

UW Photo Tutorials