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Last Call for Entries for 2015 Ocean Art  Competition

Last call for entries - The prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition 2015 will be accepting images until 24 November 2015

The Underwater Photography Guide will be accepting entries for the 5th annual Ocean Art Photo Competition until 24 November. Prizes worth more than $75,000 will be awarded, including more than 20 scuba diving resort, liveaboard, dive yacht and underwater photo gear packages.



Grand prizes are a choice of the following:

  • An Indonesia liveaboard itinerary on the S.M.Y. Ondina
  • A 7 night dive package at Misool Eco Resort in Indonesia
  • A 7 night Solomon Islands liveaboard trip with Bilikiki Cruises
  • An 8 night combo dive package on the MV FeBrina and Walindi Plantation Resort in Papua New Guinea
  • A 7 night liveaboard trip on the S/YFiji Siren, a 10 night dive package at Lissenung Island Resort in Papua New Guinea
  • A 7 night dive package at Tawali Resort in Papua New Guinea
  • A 7 night dive package at Atmosphere Resort & Spa in the Philippines
  • A 4 night dive package at Villa Markisa in Bali, Indonesia
  • And a variety of gift certificates from Bluewater Photo

Premium travel prizes are provided by Anthony’s Key Resort (Roatan), VoliVoli Beach Resort (Fiji), Atlantis Dive Resort (Philippines), Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort (Philippines), Paradise Taveuni (Fiji), Wananavu Beach Resort (Fiji), Crystal Blue Resort (Philippines), Alor Divers (Indonesia), El Galleon Beach Resort (Philippines), Aquamarine Diving and the Watergarden Hotel (Indonesia), Maluku Divers (Indonesia), Eco Divers Lembeh (Indonesia), Nautilus Explorer/Belle Amie (Mexico), Blackbeard’s Cruises (Bahamas), Siladen Resort & Spa (Indonesia), Scuba Club Cozumel (Mexico), Scuba Seraya (Indonesia) and premier scuba travel agency Bluewater Travel.

Premium gear prizes are provided by SEA&SEA, Ikelite, ReefNet SubSee, Ultralight Control Systems and Light & Motion.







The Categories

The 2015 competition has 15 categories, including a Novice DSLR category, three compact camera categories and three mirrorless camera categories, giving underwater photographers of all levels a chance to win a great prize.

Unique categories include Supermacro, Cold/ Temperate Water and Nudibranchs, while the more traditional categories include Wide-Angle, Macro, Marine Life Portraits and Marine Life Behavior. The Pool/Conceptual category is new for 2015, allowing photographers to blend underwater model photography with unlimited post-processing.

Winners from each category will be able to rank the resort, liveaboard and gear prizes they would like to receive, making it more likely that winners will be able to win a prize they really covet.

The Judges

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 24, 2015.




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