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OWU and DEEP Indonesia 2019 Underwater Photography Competitions Announced

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The 14th edition of the Underwater Competition Series, organized by founders DivePhotoGuide and Wetpixel, has opened, with more than $100,000 worth of prizes available.

Launched on 21 November, the series comprises the Our World Underwater Competition, and the DEEP Indonesia Competition, the signature component of Indonesia’s popular diving, adventure travel and extreme sports expo.

The prizes include trips with some of the world’s top dive resorts and liveaboards, along with some of the best underwater photo and video gear. The prizes are awarded to winners in 13 categories, with the grand prize winner of the Our World Underwater Competition receiving $1000 in cash for the Best of Show image.

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Our World Underwater 2018 Best of Show Gold Medal winner in the Macro Traditional category (Photo: Shane Gross)

Photographers of all levels can enter, from beginner shooters to professional wildlife photographers and videographers. The Our World Underwater Competition features technical categories, while the DEEP Indonesia Competition offers themed categories. The contest judges consist of a distinguished panel of industry experts, including photographers, filmmakers and publishing professionals.

Organizers Matt Weiss and Adam Hanlon issued the following joint statement: 'With the Underwater Competition Series being among the most prestigious contests in the underwater imaging world, we’re expecting to see another flood of incredible pictures. Our judging panels always have their work cut out for them, and we’re sure they’ll have a challenging time choosing the winners this time around. We’re excited to see what jaw-dropping images and videos you’ve captured!'

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DEEP Indonesia 2018 Best of Show Gold Medal winner in the Animal Behavior category (Photo: Yung-Sen Wu)

The Our World Underwater Competition winners will be announced at the Chicago Our World Underwater Show on 17 February 2019, with the winning images on display at the show. The winners of the DEEP Indonesia Competition will be announced on 28 March, with entries exhibited at the DEEP and EXTREME Indonesia show, held in Jakarta from April 4 to 7. The winning photographs will also be published by the competition's international media partners, reaching an audience of millions.

The organizers have announced that, as with previous competitions, 15 per cent of all entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.

For all terms and conditions and entry details, visit Our World Underwater Competition, and the DEEP Indonesia Competition pages.

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