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2018 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Announced

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First place Ocean Art 2016 Cold Water Category: Tobias Dahlin

The Underwater Photography Guide has announced that it is now accepting images for the 7th 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 US$75,000 also makes it one of the richest, attracting pro to amateur 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 almost 30 scuba diving resorts, liveaboard dive yachts, and underwater photo gear manufacturers.

Grand prizes include a choice of an Indonesia liveaboard trip on the Ondina, an Indonesian liveaboard trip on the  Oceanic, a 7-night liveaboard trip to Palau on the Solitude One, a trip aboard the Pelagic Fleet, a 7-night liveaboard trip on the Bilikili in the Solomon Islands, 7 nights on the Solomon PNG Master, a 7-night package with Villa Markisa, a 9-night package with Experience Lembeh, and a variety of gift certificates from Bluewater Photo.

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First place Ocean Art 2016 Mirrorless Wide Angle Category: Eugene Kitsios

Premium travel prizes are provided by Siladen Resort & Spa (Indonesia), Solitude Liveaboards & Resorts (Indonesia), Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort (Philippines), Atlantis Dive Resort (Philippines), Volivoli Beach Resort (Fiji), Manta Ray Bay Resort (Micronesia), Crystal Blue Dive Resort (Philippines), Spirit of Freedom Liveaboard (Australia), El Galleon Dive Resort/Asia Divers (Philippines), Aquamarine Diving (Indonesia), Atmosphere Resorts (Philippines), Eco Dive Resort (Indonesia), Scuba Cozumel (Mexico), 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.

Ocean Art 2018 consists of 16 categories, including a Novice DSLR category, 3 compact camera categories and 3 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 Underwater Art category encourages creativity in post-processing.

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First place Ocean Art 2016 Supermacro category: Chad Tamis

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.
Photos must be submitted before the deadline of 23:59 PM PST on 30 November 2018.

For more information and details on how to enter, check out the Ocean Art Photo Competition page at www.uwphotographyguide.com/ocean-art.

Facebook (facebook.com/underwaterphotographyguide.com), Instagram (instagram.com/uwphotographyguide) and Twitter (twitter.com/uwphotography).

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