Underwater Photography Guide's 2019 Ocean Art Competition is Open

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Some of the winning entries from the 2018 competition

The Underwater Photography Guide's 2019 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition has opened for entries, and will be accepting images for this year's competition until 30 November, 2019.

Ocean Art is one of the most prestigious underwater photo competitions in the world, attracting both amateur and professional photographers alike, with a long list of prizes (see below) valued at over $80,000 up for grabs. Sixteen categories ensure all photo disciplines and cameras compete fairly, and each of the winning images, of which there are more than 75, will be featured in a portfolio of the best underwater photos of the year.

The 2019 competition will see changes to some of the existing categories. Due to recent advances in mirrorless technology, the Mirrorless and Open categories have been merged, the novice categories will be expanded to include Wide-angle and Macro, and there will be three compact camera categories, ensuring underwater photographers of all levels have a chance at winning. Two new categories - Blackwater and Underwater Conservation - have been added.

Judges include world-renowned underwater photographers Tony Wu, Martin Edge, Marty Snyderman and Scott Gietler. Photos must be submitted through the Ocean Art image portal before the deadline of 23:59 PM PST on 30 November 30 2019.


Ocean Art Prizes

Ocean Art prizes this year are provided by more than 20 scuba diving resorts, liveaboards and underwater photography gear manufacturers. Rather uniquely, entrants can rank the prizes they would most like to win in order of preference.

Grand prizes include a choice of: an Indonesian liveaboard itinerary on the S.M.Y. Ondina, an Indonesian liveaboard itinerary on the M.Y. Oceanic, a 7-night liveaboard trip to Palau on the Solitude One, 7 or 8 nights for two aboard the Coralia in Indonesia, a Great White Sharks trip aboard the Pelagic Fleet's newest ultra-luxury boat the "Vortex", multiple Paralenz Dive  cameras and accessories, a 7 night liveaboard trip on the M.V. Bilikili in the Solomon Islands, a 7-night package with Villa Markisa, a 9 night Passport to Paradise at Lembeh Resort, and a variety of gift certificates from Bluewater Photo.

Premium travel prizes are provided by Siladen Resort & Spa (Indonesia), Solitude Liveaboards & Resorts (Indonesia), Atlantis Dive Resort (Philippines), Volivoli Beach Resort (Fiji), Crystal Blue Dive Resort (Philippines), El Galleon Dive Resort/Asia Divers (Philippines), Aquamarine Diving (Indonesia), Atmosphere Resorts (Philippines), Eco Dive Resort (Indonesia), 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.

For more information and to register for the competition, visit www.uwphotographyguide.com/ocean-art. Follow along on The Underwater Photography Guide's Facebook page, Instagram @uwphotographyguide and Twitter @uwphotography



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