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Announcing the Underwater Tour Awards 2021
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, January 11, 2021 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

With the global pandemic continuing to make travel all but impossible, the Underwater Tour is going virtual for a second year running, this time in a new format as the Underwater Tour Show, which will be broadcast on May 23rd, 2021 (schedule and ticket information coming soon).

One of the highlights of the new show is the announcement of the winners of the second Underwater Tour Awards, which opens today, January 11th. The usual five photo categories now go under the “Guru Awards,” with prizes for the winners of each category, the Grand Guru prize for the shooter with the top score across all categories, and the People’s Choice prize.

Two new awards have also been added this year: the “Max Benjamin Award,” which is “open to all creative artists working in any medium”; and the “Local Eco-Hero Award,” which recognizes an individual for their work “to improve their local environment”—marine or otherwise.

The competition is open from now until the March 31st deadline. Check out the press release below for more details.
 



PRESS RELEASE

Underwater Tour Awards 2021 – Entries Now Open!
AUD$30,000 Prize Pool
Calling all Photographers, Creative Artists and Eco-Citizens

Australia, 11 January 2021: Entries are now open for the Underwater Tour Awards 2021. We have added two new awards this year to include not just photographers, but also creatives and eco-citizens everywhere.

Guru Awards

These awards feature five Categories, a publicly-voted People’s Choice prize, plus the ultimate prize for the top-scoring photographer across all the categories, the Grand Guru prize!

The Grand Guru Prize is the Winner’s choice of gleaming SEACAM ‘silver’ valued at AUD 5,000 and a Canon EOS R6 from our new partner, CameraPro! Total Grand Guru prize value: AUD 10,000.

The winners of each of the five (5) photo category prizes judged by our international judging panel receive AUD 500 cash plus partner prizes from Scubapro, Momento Pro and Living Image.

The People's Choice prize for the most voted favourite image online is a prize bundle including goodies by Scubapro, Finslap, Darren Jew Photography and Living Image.

From the Heart to the Ocean – The Max Benjamin Award

NEW! One (1) award open to all creative artists working in any medium.

Inspire us with your work! The prize is amazing! Commemorating PNG diving pioneer Max Benjamin, the winner will receive a seven night stay at Walindi Plantation Resort in Papua New Guinea including diving, meals and local airport transfers.

Local Eco-Hero Award!

NEW!  One (1) award recognising environmental stewardship.

Do you know someone who works tirelessly to improve their local environment? Nominate them for the new Local Eco-Hero Award. The winner will receive a prize they truly deserve – a two-night stay on Lady Elliot Island, a coral cay sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life. This amazing prize includes return flights to and from the island from Bundaberg or Hervey Bay.

A natural extension of the annual Underwater Tour speaker series and in collaboration with valued Partners, this prestigious international competition, The Underwater Tour Awards is now in its second year and guarantees to take us on a remarkable experience of our underwater world.

Led by Canon Master Darren Jew, entries will be judged by an esteemed international panel of award-winning photographers and Underwater Tour speakers including Jürgen Freund (Australia), Rachael Talibart (UK), Y Zin Kim (South Korea) and Alex Kydd (Australia).

Winning images will be announced during a special segment of the Underwater Tour Show 2021 on 23 May 2021. 

Entries are open now. Competition closes: Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 23:59hrs AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) GMT +10:00

For more information head over to underwatertourawards.com.au

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