2019 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Announced

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2019 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Announced

September 10, 2019 - 12:11
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The Underwater Photography Guide is pleased to announce that the prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition 2019 will be accepting images today through November 30, 2019!


Los Angeles – September 9, 2018 08:00 AM PST – The Underwater Photography Guide is proud to announce that it is accepting entries for the 8th annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition.

Ocean Art is one of the most prestigious underwater photo competitions in the world. A long list of prizes valued at over $80,000 also makes it one of the best endowed, attracting amateur to pro photographers across the globe. Sixteen categories ensure all photo disciplines and cameras compete fairly, while the 75+ winning images create a portfolio of the best underwater photos of the year.

Ocean Art prizes are provided by over 20 scuba diving resorts, liveaboard dive yachts, and underwater photo gear manufacturers. Grand prizes include a choice of an Indonesian liveaboard itinerary on the S.M.Y. Ondina, an Indonesian liveaboard itinerary on the M.Y.

Oceanic, a 7 night liveaboard trip to Palau on the Solitude One, 7 or 8 nights for two aboard the Coralia in Indonesia, a Great White Sharks trip aboard the Pelagic Fleet's newest ultra-luxury boat the "Vortex", multiple Paralenz Dive Cameras and accessories, a 7 night liveaboard trip on the M.V. Bilikili in the Solomon Islands, a 7-night package with Villa Markisa, a 9 night Passport to Paradise at Lembeh Resort, and a variety of gift certificates from Bluewater Photo. Premium travel prizes are provided by Siladen Resort & Spa (Indonesia), Solitude Liveaboards & Resorts (Indonesia), Atlantis Dive Resort (Philippines), Volivoli Beach Resort (Fiji), Crystal Blue Dive Resort (Philippines), El Galleon Dive Resort/Asia Divers (Philippines), Aquamarine Diving (Indonesia), Atmosphere Resorts (Philippines), Eco Dive Resort (Indonesia), Blackbeard’s Cruises – Allstar Liveaboards (Bahamas), and scuba travel agency Bluewater Travel. Premium gear prizes are provided by Sea & Sea, Think Tank Photo, and Ikelite. There are even more platinum sponsors this year than in 2018!

This year we are making some very exciting category changes! Due to recent advances in mirrorless technology, we have decided to merge the mirrorless and "open" categories, while expanding our novice categories and adding two new specialty categories - Blackwater and Underwater Conservation. Ocean Art 2019 consists of 16 categories total, including Novice Wide-Angle, Novice Macro, and 3 compact camera categories, giving underwater photographers of all levels a chance to win a great prize. Unique categories include Supermacro, Cold/Temperate Water, Blackwater, Underwater Conservation, and Nudibranchs, while the more traditional categories include Wide-Angle, Macro, Marine Life Portraits and Marine Life Behavior. The Underwater Art category encourages creativity in post-processing.

Winners from each category will be able to rank the prizes they would like to receive, making it more likely that each winner will receive a prize they desire.

Judges include world-renowned underwater photographers Tony Wu, Martin Edge, Marty Snyderman and Scott Gietler. Martin Edge is the author of The Underwater Photographer, a top- selling book on underwater photography. Marty Snyderman is an Emmy winner with work appearing in top publications like National Geographic. Tony Wu is a renowned underwater photographer and author of Silent Symphony. Scott Gietler is the owner of Bluewater Photo, Bluewater Travel, and the Underwater Photography Guide.

Photos must be submitted before the deadline of 23:59PM PST on November 30, 2019. We look forward to your participation. Information can be found on our Ocean Art Photo Competition page at http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/ocean-art.