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Underwater Tour 2020 Postponed Due to Coronavirus
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, March 19, 2020 @ 01:00 AM (EST)

The organizers of the Underwater Tour—which was scheduled for May 14th to 21st—have announced the postponement of the event till next year because of the impact of the novel coronavirus. The new dates for the event are May 13th–20th, 2021, and the headliners—Asian underwater shooter Aaron Wong, critter expert and photographer Dr Richard Smith, and marine scientist and dugong specialist Dr Janet Lanyon—have already confirmed their commitment. Purchased tickets will now apply to the new dates.

The inaugural Underwater Tour Awards competition has been impacted in a more positive sense: The submission deadline has been extended to May 30th, 2020, and all being well, the winning images will now be showcased at the Australian International Dive Expo (AIDE) in Sydney from July 31st–August 2nd, 2020.

See the press release below for more details.


Underwater Tour 2020 Postponed
New dates announced: 13–20 May 2021

It is with heavy hearts that due to the current international health situation we have taken the necessary steps to postpone the Underwater Tour 2020 for this year. The safety and health of our audiences, speakers, partners and broader community near and far is of utmost importance. 

We are therefore pleased to advise we have rescheduled our 2020 events to the dates of 13–20 May 2021. Our esteemed speakers and very valued tour partners have confirmed their ongoing presence and commitment. 

We will of course honour all purchased tickets for our new dates and have already personally contacted all current ticket holders.

Please see city details below:


  • Brisbane – Thursday 13 May
  • Sydney – Friday 14 May
  • Melbourne – Saturday 15 May
  • Adelaide – Monday 17 May
  • Perth – Tuesday 18 May
  • Auckland – Thursday 20 May

Good News for Underwater Tour Awards

The Underwater Tour Awards international photography competition is well under way. We have made a couple of small changes brought about by the postponement of the tour event itself and we will notify existing entrants personally in the next 48 hours.

Winners will now be announced at Australian International Dive Expo 2020 (AIDE 2020) in Sydney July 31–August 2, 2020. We are also thrilled to announce that a showcase of Underwater Tour Awards images will be exhibited at AIDE, where visitors will be able to vote for their favourite image in the People’s Choice Award.

With the change to our winners’ announcement date, we have taken the opportunity to extend the deadline for entries to May 30, 2020. We will notify photographers who entered images to the competition before 12 March that they can swap out their entries if they wish to do so. 

Our website and social media pages have been updated: www.underwatertour.com.au

These difficult times will no doubt pass and we look forward to brighter days ahead.

The Underwater Tour is an annual collaboration between Juliette Myers of IDM and Tim Hochgrebe of underwater.com.au, joined in 2020 by creative partners Darren Jew and Jasmine Carey from Finslap.



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