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Our World Underwater 2018

13TH ANNUAL OUR WORLD UNDERWATER INTERNATIONAL UNDERWATER PHOTO & VIDEO COMPETITION

HOSTED BY DIVEPHOTOGUIDE & WETPIXEL


The Our World Underwater (OWU) international underwater photography and video competition, now in its 13th year, has become one of the biggest and most-respected photography competitions in the world. The competition not only celebrates the beauty of the ocean, but the art of underwater photography as well.

The OWU competition is part of a unique series that, together with the DEEP Indonesia competition, has a prize pool of over $100,000. Winners also take pride in being named one of the world’s best underwater photographers, and their images will be exposed to millions of readers of dive, travel and photography magazines and websites worldwide.

Underwater photographers of all levels, from novice to professionals, will compete in what has become the “Super Bowl” of international underwater imagery events. Along with $55,000 in prizes comprising underwater photo gear and world-class dive trips, the Best of Show winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000!

This unique competition series continues to be hosted by its founders, the popular underwater photography websites DivePhotoGuide.com and Wetpixel.com. The competition is held in association with the Our World Underwater dive expo in Chicago.


** Deadline for submissions: January 27th, 2018 **


Winners will be announced live on stage during the Our World Underwater film festival in Chicago, revealed here on UnderwaterCompetition.com, and published by supporting media partners worldwide shortly thereafter. The entry fees are $10 per image or video entered. As with all UnderwaterCompetition.com events, 15% of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.

Categories
PHOTOS
Macro Traditional

Any image captured with a macro lens, where the size of the subject on the image sensor is life size or greater.
The "Traditional" divisions allow for the adjustment of brightness, contrast, color, and sharpness only. Cropping, cloning, and other digital manipulation is not allowed in this category. This restriction on digital manipulation enables people who are not as savvy at Photoshop to compete on more-or-less even ground as those with more experience. It also highlights composition and lighting skills by not allowing cropping and cloning. Before selecting winning entries, we reserve the right to audit your original RAW or JPG files. Please do not submit cropped or manipulated entries in this category.

Macro Unrestricted

Any image captured with a macro lens, where the size of the subject on the image sensor is life size or greater.
Unlike the "Traditional" divisions, the "Unrestricted" divisions have no specific rules regarding digital manipulation. However, as we are not running a digital manipulation contest, you should exercise care in the decisions that you make.

Wide Angle Traditional

Any image captured with a wide-angle lens (focal length 35mm or less in 35mm format).
The "Traditional" divisions allow for the adjustment of brightness, contrast, color, and sharpness only. Cropping, cloning, and other digital manipulation is not allowed in this category. This restriction on digital manipulation enables people who are not as savvy at Photoshop to compete on more-or-less even ground as those with more experience. It also highlights composition and lighting skills by not allowing cropping and cloning. Before selecting winning entries, we reserve the right to audit your original RAW or JPG files. Please do not submit cropped or manipulated entries in this category.

Wide Angle Unrestricted

Any image captured with a wide-angle lens (focal length 35mm or less in 35mm format).
Unlike the "Traditional" divisions, the "Unrestricted" divisions have no specific rules regarding digital manipulation. However, as we are not running a digital manipulation contest, you should exercise care in the decisions that you make.

Compact Cameras

Any image taken by a point-and-shoot, non-DSLR, non-interchangeable-lens camera.
Any camera with interchangeable lenses is not considered a compact, so images taken with such cameras must not be entered into this category.

Black and White

Any single-toned image, such as black and white, or sepia, with no additional accent color.

VIDEOS
General

Any film five minutes or less in duration. At least 50% of the footage must be shot underwater.

Prizes
12-day liveaboard trip for two on the Seven Seas “East of Flores” cruise
8-night liveaboard trips to Papua New Guinea aboard MV FeBrina
5-day trips to Guadalupe Island aboard Solmar V
5-day diving packages by Sam’s Tours Palau including 7 nights at Palau Royal Resort
7-night, 18-dive packages at Crystal Blue Resort, Anilao, Philippines
7-day packages to Norway at Gulen Dive Resort
7-night packages at Atlantis Puerto Galera or Atlantis Dumaguete, Philippines
7-night trip on board the Fiji Siren with Worldwide Dive and Sail
Various lighting equipment from Ikelite
with Ikelite
Various lighting and lens accessories from Inon
with Inon
Competition Judges
PHOTO JUDGES
Celebrity judges include leading professional underwater photographers, cinematographers and magazine editors. A formal announcement of judges will follow.