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DEEP Indonesia 2017



The prestigious DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition is part of a unique series hosted by DivePhotoGuide & Wetpixel, in association with DEEP Indonesia, Indonesia’s first-ever diving, adventure travel and extreme sports expo.

Photographers will compete in six themed categories to win over $45,000 in prizes, including underwater photo equipment and premium dive travel packages to some of the top photo destinations in the world.

The DEEP Indonesia competition is part of a unique series that, together with the Our World Underwater competition, has a prize pool of over $100,000. The prestige of these contests means that winners also achieve the glory of being named some of the world’s best underwater photographers.

Esteemed judges this year include professional underwater photographers Amanda Cotton and Daniel Botelho, Scuba Diver AustralAsia and Asian Diver magazine editor Alice Grainger, Webpixel Editor Adam Hanlon, and DivePhotoGuide Photo Editor Lia Barrett .

** Deadline for submissions February 25th, 2017 **

Winners will be announced online, published by our media partners worldwide and exhibited during the DEEP Indonesia Expo.

The fee to enter is $10 per image. As with all events, 15% of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.

Compact Cameras

Any image taken by a point-and-shoot, non-DSLR, non-interchangeable-lens camera.
For the same reason, no entries from scanned slides or DSLRs will be accepted. Although there exist many great underwater images taken by point-and-shoot cameras, it is often difficult for them to compete with DSLRs when it comes to image quality. Thus, digital manipulation is allowed, but as we are not running a digital manipulation contest, you should exercise care in the decisions that you make. Any camera with interchangeable lenses is not considered a compact, so images taken with such cameras must not be entered into this category.


Any image featuring a scuba diver underwater.

Animal Portrait

Any underwater image featuring a portrait of an animal.

Animal Behavior

Any underwater image featuring animal behavior.


Any underwater image featuring a wide angle view of a reef.


Any image featuring a wave or surfer, shot while in the water.

10-day dive packages to Lembeh Strait and Bangka with Critters@Lembeh and Lembeh Resort
7-night dive packages to Papua New Guinea at Walindi Dive Resort
7-night package to Lembeh Strait with Eco Divers and Eco Divers Resort Lembeh
7 nights’ accommodation and 12 dives at Siladen Resort & Spa, Sulawesi
7 nights’ accommodation and 10 dives at Volivoli Beach Resort, Fiji
DS-161 Strobe or Gamma II Light from Ikelite
with Ikelite
Various Video Lights from i-DiveSite
SubSee +5 or +10 Magnifier with custom adapter
with ReefNet
Competition Judges
Adam Hanlon

Adam Hanlon is an underwater photographer captivated with the challenge and beauty of the underwater world and passionate about its conservation. His images and reports have won international competitions and been used in prestigious publications and by world-renowned organizations worldwide. He grew up in the bush in South Africa, holds an arts degree, and has been taking pictures and shooting video underwater since the mid-1980s, and has been pursuing a career "beneath the surface" ever since. Now resident in the UK, he is the editor of Wetpixel, one of the world’s leading resources on all things underwater imaging, and through Wetpixel Expeditions, Adam leads regular photography expeditions and workshops around the world.

Alice Grainger

Alice Grainger is the multi-award-winning editor of Scuba Diver AustralAsia and Asian Diver magazines. As part of the team that runs the internationally acclaimed Asia Dive Expo (ADEX), she also fronts the event’s world-class Photo Video Seminar. Growing up in Saudi Arabia, the daughter of an environmental conservationist and Nature photographer, Alice learnt to swim in the Red Sea before she could walk, and started diving in Egypt in 1996. She began working in the dive industry in 1998, finally becoming an instructor in Indonesia in 2007, and picking up her first underwater camera in 2009. An artist and writer, with a professional background that spans not only the media, dive industry, and the Nature conservation and sustainable development sector, Alice has also been a judge for a number of national and international photographic competitions.

Amanda Cotton

Amanda Cotton is the CEO and Principal Photographer of A Cotton Photo Creative Works, and is the Founder and Executive Director of the Water Women, Inc. charity. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Professional Photography while attending Brooks Institute of Photography, where she participated in the highly acclaimed Underseas Program established by Ernie Brooks. Amanda has received numerous awards throughout her career, including several from the International Photographers Awards (IPA). Amanda has achieved membership in the Women Divers Hall of Fame, The Explorers Club, Ocean Artists Society (OAS), Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and Nikon Professional Services (NPS). Her imagery can be found in major publications, books, and news sources worldwide.

Daniel Botelho

Daniel Botelho is an award winning photojournalist that specializes in underwater photography. His work can be seen in more than a hundred advertising campaigns. Daniel’ s connection with nature dates back to his childhood, as he grew up in between the sea and the rainforest, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nowadays Daniel contributes to several publications, in more than twenty countries. Concerned with the devastation of the earth’s oceans, Daniel has become a warrior for whales and sharks which are being massacred through unsustainable practices which if left unstopped will  lead to the extinction of these animals.

Lia Barrett

Lia Barrett is a Korean born, North Carolina raised professional underwater photographer. After completing university at Parsons School of Design in New York in 2007, Lia has been on a continual pursuit of travel and adventure. From her deep-sea work in a homemade submarine off of Roatán, Honduras, to shooting world record holding freedivers, Lia has embraced the underwater world as her ultimate sanctuary. Lia is the Photo Editor of DivePhotoGuide, the definitive source for underwater photography. She is also the co-founder and Creative Director of Prawno Apparel, an ocean-minded apparel company that draws designs directly from Lia’s photographs. She has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the front page of the New York Times, BBC, CNN, Time, Outside, Huffington Post, ESPN, Playboy, The Times (UK), Men’s Journal and 60 Minutes. She has sat on several underwater photography judging panels, and finds great pleasure in encouraging other photographers to grow and develop their craft. Check out her work on and her Facebook page, and watch her TEDx talk, “Human Connection for Ocean Protection.”