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Final Call: Underwater Tour Awards 2021
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, March 26, 2021 @ 01:30 AM (EST)

The organizers of the second Underwater Tour Awards, which opened in January, are announcing the final call for entries into the photography contest portion, called the “Guru Awards.” The deadline for submission is Wednesday, 31st March 2021 at 23:59hrs AEST (GMT+10:00).

The contest invites shooters to enter their best work into five categories: Underwater Characters, Underwater Scenes, Topside Scenes, Aquatic Abstract, and Underwater Black and White. As well as prizes for the winners of each category, there’s a “Grand Guru” prize for the top-scoring shooter as well as a “People’s Choice” prize.

The same deadline applies to a special award added this year in honor of PNG pioneer Max Benjamin, called “From the Heart to the Ocean,” which invites you to tell your ”ocean stories” through sculpture, filmmaking, songwriting, or any other medium of choice.

Check out the press release below for more details.


Underwater Tour Awards 2021 – Last Chance to Enter!
AUD 30,000 Prize Pool
Calling all Photographers and Creative Artists!

Australia, 24 March 2021: There’s less than a week now for you to submit your entries to the photography and creative categories of the Underwater Tour Awards. The countdown has begun!

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.

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 visual 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, to be broadcast live via a ticketed link on 23 May 2021. 

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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