Photo Services

Our dive expeditions visit some of the most spectacular parts of the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea, making them ideal for capturing some amazing underwater photos and videos.  Photography is one of our passions at Mike Ball, so you’ll find Spoilsport’s dive deck is well-equipped to meet all of your needs.

Spoilsport Photo and Video Facilities:

  • 2 x camera stations with air guns
  • Dedicated camera freshwater rinse tubs
  • Recharge batteries in cabins: 110v (2 prong straight pin) and 240v (Australian) sockets
  • Computer for guest use in saloon (Windows)
  • 1 x video/DVD player and 2 x large wall-mounted flat screens for viewing photographs and video

Note: Guests are advised to bring adaptors for the electrical sockets to suit their individual chargers and USB digital memory card readers.

Photo Competition for Compacts & DSLR

As the sun sets on the last evening on the Great Barrier Reef, you’ll enjoy an Aussie BBQ night with champagne and prawns followed by the underwater photo competition which guests help judge. It’s loads of fun & pretty low key, with photos displayed anonymously.  Winning images are displayed as part of the ‘Reef Reports’ on the Mike Ball website and the best photos from each month are published in Australian Dive Log magazine. The best photo of the year will earn the photographer a free trip with Mike Ball Dive Expeditions!

Camera Hire and Photography Services

If you haven’t got your own camera you can rent one of ours and our Photo Pro can give you some pointers to capture some great shots.  Or if you don’t want the hassle of taking your own pictures Mike Ball Dive Expeditions offers a complete onboard service, providing everything from snapping pictures for you and providing a trip video of your expedition.

Prices and More Information Below

Underwater Camera Hire


The Canon PowerShot G16, 10 megapixel camera delivers superior image quality with amazing low light capability. Featuring a 28mm wide angle lens, 5x zoom and RAW mode, you can enjoy complete flexibility when manipulating images. Not only will you capture amazing stills, but with High Definition Movie Recording you will capture amazing movies.

$60/day Hire Includes:

Canon G16 camera and housing per day; initial tuition from onboard Videographer on care and use; evening workshop and use of public computer to download and store photos.

Workshop:

A brief workshop will be held at 8.30pm with some simple guidelines and tips to improve your photography skills; the workshop is aimed at divers new to digital photography. Combine camera hire with the PADI Underwater Digital Photography course for even greater knowledge and experience.

Digital Downloads

Backup your photographs and safeguard your memories with a digital download. Download your photographs to the onboard computer and at the completion of your expedition back them up to a USB stick for you to take home.

USB Sticks.  8GB $12      16GB $15

Holiday Photo CD


Our photo pro will photograph expedition highlights and compile them on to CD for you to take home as a souvenir of your expedition. Taken on multiple dives throughout the expedition our photo pro will be busy both above and below water to capture those special moments. An additional 50 ‘Best of Mike Ball Dive Expeditions’ images is included.

Photo Options:

  • Photo CD ($50) – includes photographs of your expedition above and below the water plus additional ‘Best Of’ photographs of Mike Ball Dive Expeditions.
  • Special Onboard Offer Save %50 on 2nd CD purchase.
  • Personal Holiday Photographs ($100) – your onboard photo and video pro will spend a dive taking exclusive underwater photos of you. Package includes cd.

Holiday DVD


If you like the idea of a no fuss approach to capturing all the memories of your Mike Ball Dive Expeditions adventure, then this is for you. On the last evening of your expedition your photo and video pro will present the week in total on DVD. All the expedition highlights, both above and below the water, will be professionally edited with music and made available for purchase. Re-live your adventure at home.

Video Options:

  • Standard Holiday Trip DVD ($80) – includes highlights of your expedition above and below the water (approx 25 mins).
  • Special Onboard Offer Save %50 on 2nd DVD purchase.
  • Personalised Holiday Trip DVD ($220 or $275/family) – includes Standard Holiday Trip DVD plus exclusive personal footage taken by your onboard photo and video pro (approx 15mins). The onboard photo and video pro will create your personalised dive holiday DVD, providing long lasting memories in full colour and motion.

Underwater Photography Courses

Want to take your skills to the next level? Mike Ball Dive Expeditions offer a Digital Underwater Photography Course and Underwater Videography Course during their trips. Participants will need a minimum of Open Water Certification. For more information please visit our Dive Courses page.