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Reminder: Underwater Competition Series 2017
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, December 23, 2016 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

So 2016 is coming to a close, and we hope you’ve had an amazing year of diving and underwater photography. It’s time, if you haven’t already, to sift through all those lovely images and put them to some good use—we’re talking, of course, about entering the 2017 Underwater Competition Series (UWC)!

Consisting of the Our World Underwater Photo/Video Contest and the DEEP Indonesia Photo Contest, the UWC once again features $100K in awesome gear and travel prizes—plus the recognition that comes with bagging an award from two of the world’s most prestigious underwater imaging competitions.

Photographers of all levels can enter, and with 13 categories—from Compact Cameras to Commercial, Conceptual & Fashion—there’s an opportunity for shooters of every persuasion. Don’t forget that the “Best of Show” prizewinner in the Our World Underwater Competition also goes home with an additional $1000 in cash.

This time around, professional underwater photographers David Doubilet, Alex Mustard, Keri Wilk, Amanda Cotton and Daniel Botelho, as well as Backscatter owner Berkley White, join Webpixel editor Abi Smigel Mullens and Scuba Diver AustralAsia and Asian Diver magazine editor Alice Grainger on the judging panels.

What are you waiting for? Check out the press release below or the Underwater Competition website.


The 12th edition of the Underwater Competition Series, organized by founders DivePhotoGuide.com and Wetpixel, is back! And there’s over $100,000 worth of prizes up for grabs again.

Opening November 28, the series comprises the Our World Underwater Competition, the “Super Bowl” of underwater imagery events, and the DEEP Indonesia Competition, the signature component of Indonesia’s prestigious diving, adventure travel and extreme sports expo.

Once again, we have a raft of amazing prizes to give away, including the hottest underwater photo and video gear as well as trips to some of the world’s top dive resorts and aboard the best liveaboards in the industry. The prizes are awarded to winners in 13 categories, and the grand prizewinner of the Our World Underwater Competition receives $1000 in cash for the image awarded “Best of Show.”

Photographers of all levels can enter, from beginners and compact camera users to professional wildlife photographers and videographers, and even commercial or fashion photographers. As previously, the Our World Underwater Competition features technical categories, while the DEEP Indonesia Competition offers themed entry categories.

Organizers Matt Weiss and Eric Cheng issued the following joint statement:

“Now in their 12th year, the contests that comprise the Underwater Competition Series remain two of the photography world’s most exciting, with the quality of the entries maintained at an impressively high level each year. We’re sure this year will be no different, and we fully expect our judging panel to have a challenging time picking winners!”

As in previous editions, the contest judges consist of a distinguished panel of industry experts, including photographers, filmmakers and publishing professionals, with the renowned underwater photographer David Doubilet joining the panel this year.

The Our World Underwater Competition winners will be announced, and their winning images showcased, at the Our World Underwater exhibition on February 24, while the winners of the DEEP Indonesia Competition will be announced on March 30, with their entries exhibited at the DEEP Indonesia show. Winning images will also be published by our international media partners, reaching an audience of millions.

The organizers are once again pleased to announce that 15 percent of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.







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