Underwater Photography Guide’s 2020 Photo Competition Open For Entries
The Underwater Photography Guide (UPG) has announced that it is accepting entries for the 2020 edition of the annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition from now until 30 November. The announcement comes swiftly after the successful conclusion of UPG’s ‘Safe Under the Sea’ competition, held this year to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Ocean Art is open to all photographers around the world, both amateur and professional, with twelve categories this year covering a range of photo disciplines and cameras. The 2020 prize fund is valued at over $40,000 and includes trips to some of the world’s top scuba diving resorts, liveaboards, and underwater photography equipment manufacturers.
The sixteen categories of 2019 have been consolidated into twelve of ‘the finest and most fruitful’ for 2020. The Wide Angle, Macro, and Marine Life Behavior categories will have corresponding categories for compact cameras, with further categories including Marine Life Portrait, Cold/Temperate Water, Blackwater, Underwater Conservation, and Nudibranchs. An Underwater Art category encouraging creativity in post-processing is also available.
Ocean Art 2020 will be judged by world-renowned underwater photographers including Silent Symphony author Tony Wu, Martin Edge, author of The Underwater Photographer, the Emmy-award winning and National Geographic photographer Marty Snyderman, and Scott Gietler, owner of Bluewater Photo, Bluewater Travel, and the Underwater Photography Guide.
Photos must be submitted via the competition entry portal before the deadline of 23:59pm PST on 30 November 2020.
2020 Ocean Art Prizes
Ocean Art competitors can choose which prizes they prefer most upon entering the competition, which this year include a choice of 7 or 8 nights for two aboard the Coralia liveaboard in Raja Ampat or Komodo, a 7-night liveaboard trip on the MV Bilikili in the Solomon Islands, a 7-night dive package at Villa Markisa in Bali, a 7-night dive package at Siladen Resort & Spa in Bunaken, a 12-night Passport to Paradise at Murex Dive Resorts in three different Indonesian destinations, and a variety of gift certificates from Bluewater Photo and Bluewater Travel.
Premium travel prizes are provided by Volivoli Beach Resort (Fiji), Crystal Blue Dive Resort (Philippines), Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort (Philippines) and Solitude Liveaboards & Resorts (Philippines and Indonesia). Premium gear prizes are provided by Sea & Sea and Ikelite.
For more information and to register for the competition, visit www.uwphotographyguide.com/ocean-art. Follow along on The Underwater Photography Guide’s Facebook page, Instagram @uwphotographyguide and Twitter @uwphotography