Wide Angle Compact winner in 2020.
Hot on the heels of the call for entries to this year’s Masters Underwater Imaging Competition, reported recently on Divernet, comes another prestigious landmark in the international photo-contest calendar – the 2021 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition.
Divers with any level of photographic expertise have until the end of November to enter the Underwater Photography Guide’s 10th such event.
But where the Masters has this year made a point of restricting prize values, in light of the negative effect of the Covid pandemic on dive travel and trade sponsors, Ocean Art features US $30,000-worth of rewards for winning entrants, mainly in the form of Coral Triangle liveaboard and resort trips and photographic equipment. Category winners are able to rank their preferred prizes.
The 13 categories – one more than previously, the new one being Black & White – are expected to yield more than 50 prize-winning images.
The principal categories are Wide Angle, Macro and Marine Life Behaviour, with three corresponding compact camera categories, and the others are Marine Life Portrait, Cold/Temperate Water, Blackwater, Underwater Conservation, Nudibranchs and Underwater Art, designed to encourage creative post-processing.
The judging panel of underwater photographers consists of Tony Wu, Marty Snyderman and Scott Gietler of the Underwater Photography Guide online resource.