The Underwater Photography Guide has announced that is it now is accepting entries for the 2021 edition of its annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition.
Now celebrating its tenth year, Ocean Art has become one of the most popular underwater photo competitions in the world. A long list of prizes, valued this year at more than $30,000 attracts amateur and professional photographers from across the globe. Thirteen categories ensure fair competition between disciplines and cameras, with the winning 50 or more images compiled into 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 in 2021 include a liveaboard dive cruise on the MY Oceanic in Komodo, Flores, Alor, or the Banda Sea; a liveaboard dive cruise on the SMY Ondina in Raja Ampat, North Banda Sea, Triton Bay, Halmahera, or Cenderawasih Bay; a choice of 7 or 8 nights for two aboard the Coralia in Raja Ampat or Komodo; a 14-night dive package at the new White Sands Beach Resort in Lembeh with Eco Divers; and a variety of gift certificates from Bluewater Photo and Bluewater Travel. Premium travel prizes are provided by El Galleon/Asia Divers (Philippines) and Siladen Resort & Spa (Indonesia). Premium gear prizes are provided by Sea & Sea, Ikelite, SeaLife, and Think Tank.
Gaetano Dario Gargiulo's 2020 Best in Show and First Place: Wide Angle winner – 'The Day of the Tentacles' (Photo: Gaetano Dario Gargiulo/Underwater Photography Guide)
This year a 13th category has been added to the competition – with a new Black & White category giving photographers the chance to showcase their ability to accentuate light and shadows. Other top categories include the regular Wide Angle, Macro and Marine Life Behavior categories, which each have a corresponding compact camera category, giving underwater photographers of all levels (and budgets) a chance to win a great prize. The categories are rounded out with Marine Life Portrait, Cold/Temperate Water, Blackwater, Underwater Conservation, and Nudibranchs – plus the Underwater Art category, which 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, Marty Snyderman and Scott Gietler. 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 30 November 2021.
More information and a guide to submission can be found on the Ocean Art Photo Competition page at www.uwphotographyguide.com/ocean-art.