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The Underwater Tour Awards 2020 Will Be Virtual
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, May 7, 2020 @ 08:30 PM (EST)

While the pandemic forced the Underwater Tour around Australia and New Zealand to be postponed till 2021, the inaugural Underwater Tour Awards competition is going strong. Predictably, though, the organizers have now announced that the awards ceremony will be streamed live online rather than the planned showcase at the now-canceled 2020 Australian International Dive Expo (AIDE).

You’ve got till the end of this month—May 30th, 2020 at midnight AEST to be precise—to submit your entries to the competition. The awards ceremony will be live-streamed on August 2nd at 7pm AEST.


The Underwater Tour Awards 2020 goes digital. 

Here is a snapshot of key dates and important information for participating underwater photographers

One month left for entries… counting down! The submission deadline for the Underwater Tour’s international photography competition is midnight AEST May 30, 2020. Entries will be judged by an esteemed international panel of award-winning photographers and Underwater Tour speakers; Darren Jew, Jürgen Freund, Aaron Wong, William Tan and Jasmine Carey. 

People’s choice awards – online voting opens on 12 May and closes on 24 July 2020.

Announcing our live-stream Awards Ceremony at 7pm on Sunday 2 August 2020. Everyone is welcome to watch online.

There are fabulous prizes for each of the five (5) category winners comprise; AUD$500 cash, a Nautilus Lifeline personal rescue beacon and Momento Pro AUD$250 photo book voucher PLUS an overarching GURU AWARD for the winning portfolio submission of a minimum of five (5) photos. The Guru winner will receive a Whales Underwater whale swim experience of 7 nights/5 days on the water in Tonga. 

Winners will also benefit from massive social media exposure through our combined sharing network, with participating sponsors and judges sharing the winning images with hundreds of thousands of photography and diving fans. 

Our Philosophy

Celebrating the best of the ocean, the Underwater Tour Awards 2020 encourage and inspire passion, exploration and discovery from behind the lens. We welcome photographers from around the globe to take part, promoting the art of aquatic photography, raising awareness of our incredible marine and aquatic environments and sharing adventures and discoveries with our like-minded community.

For more information and to take part go to: www.underwatertour.com.au/awards/underwater-tour-awards-photography-competition

We can’t wait to see your images!

About the Underwater Tour and Underwater Tour Awards: Promoting inspiration, discovery and adventure and celebrating the best of our oceans, 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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