2020 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Announced

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2020 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Announced

September 23, 2020 - 18:30
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The Underwater Photography Guide is pleased to announce that the prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition 2020 will be accepting images today through November 30, 2020!


Los Angeles – September 22, 2020 08:00 AM PST – The Underwater Photography Guide is delighted to announce that it is accepting entries for the 2020 edition of the 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 $40,000 also makes it one of the best endowed, attracting amateur to pro photographers across the globe. Twelve categories ensure all photo disciplines and cameras compete fairly, while the 50+ winning images create a portfolio of the best underwater photos of the year.

Ocean Art prizes are provided by some of the world’s top scuba diving resorts, liveaboard dive yachts, and underwater photo gear manufacturers. Grand prizes include a choice of 7 or 8 nights for two aboard the Coralia in Raja Ampat or Komodo, a 7 night liveaboard trip on the M.V. Bilikili

in the Solomon Islands, a 7-night dive package with Villa Markisa, a 7 night dive package at Siladen Resort & Spa in Bunaken, a 12 night Passport to Paradise at Murex Dive Resorts to 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.

This year we are making a few changes! We have decided to consolidate our categories to only the finest and most fruitful. Ocean Art 2020 consists of 12 categories total, with the top categories including Wide Angle, Macro, Marine Life Behavior and 3 corresponding compact camera categories, giving underwater photographers of all levels a chance to win a great prize. Unique categories include Marine Life Portrait, Cold/Temperate Water, Blackwater, Underwater Conservation, and Nudibranchs. 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, 2020. We look forward to your participation. Information can be found on our Ocean Art Photo Competition page at http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/ocean-art.