At least two foreign photographers were among some 50 colleagues from Indonesia in underwater photo-taking competition in Banda islands from April 25-30, 2010.
"Christian Hinckley and Hendri Tjhang of Singapore are the foreign participants in the undersea photo-taking competition in Banda," Sail Banda local committee spokesman Cak Saimima said here on Sunday.
He said the foreign photographers and their Indonesian colleagues left Ambon for Banda Neira on Sunday morning by MV Siwalima.
Earlier on Friday they enjoyed the undersea panoramic view at Laha village in Teluk Ambon subdistrict, while some of them explored undersea cave off the coast of Hukurila village at Leitimur Selatan sub-district in Ambon before leaving for Banda on Saturday.
"The two diving sites were introduced by former Pattimura Military Commander Maj Gen M Noer Muis who is currently Bukit Barisan military commander," Saimima said.
Saimima added that Noer Muis was the initiators of underwater photo-taking competition in Banda islands and would also act with Christoffel Simanjuntak and Edy Purnomo as the juries.
"The former Pattimura Military commander has promised to promote undersea natural beauty of Maluku, found nowhere else in the world," Saimima said, adding that the underwater photo competition was part of Sail Banda which was scheduled to last from June 17 to August 17, 2010.
Meanwhile, Noer Muis said the participants of the photo competition took their leisure time to go diving at the two separate locations in Laha and Hukurila on Friday and Saturday before leaving for Banda.
"The best pictures in the undersea photo-taking competition in Banda will be published in the book on "Exploring Banda Islands" which is being arranged," Nore Muis said.