Hot or cold? Critter showdown looms

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Hot or cold? Critter showdown looms

Online audience participation is being requested for an unusual underwater macro-photography clash between groups of underwater photographers in Europe and South-east Asia later this month.

The Lembeh Gulen Critter Shootout pits divers based on the house reef at Gulen Dive Resort in Norway against a rival group staying at Indonesia’s Lembeh Resort in North Sulawesi. Coached by respective team captains Keri Wilk and Tobias Friedrich, the photographers go head-to-head in real time in the online event, which is hosted and produced by the website Wetpixel, with daily video updates.

The hot v cold destination shoot-out continues over three days between 20 and 28 May, with photographers competing for around US $30,000 in prizes in three categories – Fish, Nudibranchs and Crustaceans – and posting their best images daily. The winner will be decided by public vote under the supervision of photo supremo Alex Mustard.

You can follow the competition and vote at – or be partisan and support one or other of the battling hotspots at or



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