August 30, 2016

Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Features New Reefscape Category Sponsored by Reef Check

The Underwater Photography Guide is proud to announce that it is accepting entries for the 6th annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition through November 22, 2016.

Ocean Art is one of the most prestigious underwater photo competitions in the world. A long list of prizes valued at over $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.

New for 2016 is the Reefscapes category sponsored by Reef Check, offering the grand prize of a $1000 underwater photo gear shopping spree. Other categories include 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 Pool/Conceptual category encourages creativity in post-processing.

Ocean Art prizes are provided by over 35 scuba diving resorts, liveaboard dive yachts, and underwater photo gear manufacturers. Grand prizes are a choice of dive trips to Indonesia, Cocos Island, Palau, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, or the Philippines, and a variety of gift certificates from Bluewater Photo.

Winners from each category will be able to rank the liveaboard, resort and gear prizes they would like to receive, making it more likely that winners will win the prize they really covet.

Judges include world-renowned underwater photographers Tony Wu, Martin Edge, Marty Snyderman and Scott Gietler. Martin Edge is the author of The Underwater Photographer, a top-selling book on underwater photography. Marty Snyderman is an Emmy winner with work appearing in top publications like National Geographic. Tony Wu is a renowned underwater photographer and author of Silent Symphony. Scott Gietler is the owner of Bluewater Photo, Bluewater Travel and the Underwater Photography Guide.

Photos must be submitted before the deadline of 23:59PM PST on November 22, 2016.

More information can be found on the Ocean Art Photo Competition page at