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DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition 2020

15TH ANNUAL DPG/WETPIXEL MASTERS UNDERWATER IMAGING COMPETITION
(formerly Our World Underwater International Underwater Photo and Video Competition)

HOSTED BY DIVEPHOTOGUIDE & WETPIXEL


The DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition, previously known as the Our World Underwater (OWU) Underwater Photo and Video Competition, is 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 DPG/Wetpixel Masters 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, 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 receives a cash prize of $1,000!

This unique competition series continues to be hosted by its founders, the popular underwater photography websites DivePhotoGuide (DPG) and Wetpixel.


** Deadline for submissions: February 8th, 2020 **


Winners will be 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 close-up image captured with a macro lens, where the reproduction ratio is between 1:10 and 1:1, 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 close-up image captured with a macro lens, where the reproduction ratio is between 1:10 and 1:1, 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.

VIDEOS
General

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

Prizes
12-night cruise for two to Triton Bay, West Papua on the Seven Seas liveaboard
8-night liveaboard trips to Papua New Guinea aboard MV Oceania
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 liveaboard cruise to the Red Sea with blue o two
Various lighting equipment from Ikelite
with Ikelite
Various lighting and lens accessories from Inon
with Inon
Competition Judges
PHOTO JUDGES
David Doubilet

David Doubilet is considered to be among the best by editors, peers and colleagues the world over. He has photographed over 70 stories for National Geographic Magazine, where he is a contributing photographer and author. David has documented our changing underwater world since his first assignment with Nat Geo in 1971. He has authored seven books on the sea, and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Sara Prize, the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award, and the Lennart Nilsson Award in Photography. David is a member of both the Royal Photographic Society and International Diving Hall of fame.

Erin Quigley

Erin Quigley is an award-winning photographer and Adobe A.C.E. certified expert in Lightroom and Photoshop. Her company, Go Ask Erin, provides education and post-production resources specifically developed for underwater photographers. Erin is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, the Boston Sea Rovers, and the Ocean Artists Society. She teaches post-production and shooting techniques workshops worldwide.

Keri Wilk

Keri Wilk started diving at around 8 and was certified by the age of 12. Around two decades have now passed since he picked up his first underwater camera. With his brother, a fellow engineer, Keri co-owns ReefNet, which creates products that benefit the underwater world, such as optics, data recorders, and marine life ID guides. Keri recently ventured into the field of aerial imaging and started a company called Rotorpixel, which primarily manufactures direct-drive camera-stabilizing gimbals for unmanned aerial systems. After winning over 100 awards in international photo competitions, he now regularly appears on judging panels. www.keriwilk.com

Scott “Gutsy” Tuason

Scott “Gutsy” Tuason is a Manila-based diver and nature photographer who started taking underwater photographs 35 years ago. Anilao, a photo book he co-authored, won the P’alme d’Or at Antibes in 2000, putting the then-little known dive spot on the world map for macro photography. His most recent book, Blackwater and Open Blue, picked up Book of the Year at the 2017 Underwater Photographer of the Year Competition. Gutsy works with numerous dive publications, collaborates with leading conservation groups, and represents the Philippines in international expos. When he’s not out diving, he runs Squires Bingham Sports, a boutique that specializes in scuba gear, underwater imaging, liveaboard charters, and photography workshops.

Stephen Frink

Stephen Frink is among the world’s most frequently published underwater photographers, with a career spanning four decades. He worked as a photojournalist for Skin Diver magazine for 17 years, and subsequently worked as Director of Photography for Scuba Diving magazine. For the past 10 years, he has been the publisher of Alert Diver magazine. Stephen teaches Masters level courses of Stephen Frink School of Underwater Digital Imaging each summer in his home waters off Key Largo, Florida and offers dive excursions emphasizing underwater photography through his travel company, WaterHouse Tours. www.stephenfrinkphoto.com

Tony Wu

Tony Wu is an award-winning underwater photographer who researches and documents rarely seen marine animals and environments. In recent years, he has devoted the bulk of his time to the challenging pursuits of photographing large cetaceans and documenting spawning aggregations. Tony has received a number of prestigious awards, including the grand prize in Japan’s largest underwater photography contest, Best Book of the Year at the Festival of Marine Images in Antibes, and first place in the “Behaviour: Mammals” category of the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. www.tonywu.art