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DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition 2021

The DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition is a long-established and widely respected photography competition. It celebrates the splendor of the oceans, the skill of the entrants, and the intricate and challenging art of underwater imaging.

For 2021, the contest aims to give back to those that have historically supported the Underwater Competition Series. The global pandemic continues to adversely impact dive travel and underwater imaging brands, so it is our turn to help them in their time of crisis. As such, the contest continues to celebrate its sponsors, but rather than offering sponsor-donated prizes, it will award the winners of each category a simple cash prize of $250. In addition, the Best of Show winner—the top image among the category winners—will receive an additional cash prize of $750!

We call on underwater photographers and videographers of all levels, from novice to professional, to join and compete in what has become the “World Championship” of international underwater imagery events. As well as the cash prizes, there is also huge status and kudos in being placed among the finalists. The selected winners are the world’s best underwater shooters, judged by an all-star panel. Their images and videos will expose millions of dive, travel and photography magazines and websites to their work worldwide.

This unique competition continues to be hosted by its founders, the world-renowned underwater photography websites DivePhotoGuide (DPG) and Wetpixel.


DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: OCTOBER 31ST, 2021

Winners will be revealed on UnderwaterCompetition.com and published by supporting media partners worldwide shortly thereafter. The entry fees are US$10 per image or video entered. As with all Underwater Competition Series events, 15% of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.

Categories
PHOTOS
Macro Traditional

Any close-up image captured with a macro lens, where the reproduction ratio is between 1:10 and 1:1, or greater.
The "Traditional" divisions allow for the adjustment of brightness, contrast, color, and sharpness only. Cropping, cloning, and other digital manipulation is not allowed in this category. This restriction on digital manipulation enables people who are not as savvy at Photoshop to compete on more-or-less even ground as those with more experience. It also highlights composition and lighting skills by not allowing cropping and cloning. Before selecting winning entries, we reserve the right to audit your original RAW or JPG files. Please do not submit cropped or manipulated entries in this category.

Macro Unrestricted

Any close-up image captured with a macro lens, where the reproduction ratio is between 1:10 and 1:1, or greater.
Unlike the "Traditional" divisions, the "Unrestricted" divisions have no specific rules regarding digital manipulation. However, as we are not running a digital manipulation contest, you should exercise care in the decisions that you make.

Wide Angle Traditional

Any image captured with a wide-angle lens (focal length 35mm or less in 35mm format).
The "Traditional" divisions allow for the adjustment of brightness, contrast, color, and sharpness only. Cropping, cloning, and other digital manipulation is not allowed in this category. This restriction on digital manipulation enables people who are not as savvy at Photoshop to compete on more-or-less even ground as those with more experience. It also highlights composition and lighting skills by not allowing cropping and cloning. Before selecting winning entries, we reserve the right to audit your original RAW or JPG files. Please do not submit cropped or manipulated entries in this category.

Wide Angle Unrestricted

Any image captured with a wide-angle lens (focal length 35mm or less in 35mm format).
Unlike the "Traditional" divisions, the "Unrestricted" divisions have no specific rules regarding digital manipulation. However, as we are not running a digital manipulation contest, you should exercise care in the decisions that you make.

Black and White

Any single-toned image, such as black and white, or sepia, with no additional accent color.

VIDEOS
General

Any film five minutes or less in duration. At least 50% of the footage must be shot underwater.

Prizes
• Cash prize of $250 for each winner of the six categories
• Additional cash prize of $750 for the overall winner of the contest
Competition Judges
PHOTO JUDGES
Florian Fischer

Florian Fischer is a German director who founded Behind the Mask in 2014 to bring creative people from all over the world together to produce stories about ocean culture. Behind the Mask took the diving industry by storm and is now a community of like-minded ocean enthusiasts.

Florian’s vision and unique approach to underwater films have earned Behind the Mask over 100 international film awards, including three-time winner of the New York City Drone Film Festival and winner of the World Shootout, and he was chosen as “Person of the Year” by Tauchen, Europe’s biggest diving magazine, in 2017. Multiple collaborations with leading personalities in the image-making community have resulted in his involvement as a speaker and host for various events, including the world’s biggest water sports shows.

Imran Ahmad

Imran Ahmad is one of Asia’s most celebrated and internationally published underwater photographers. He has been capturing the magnificence of life both below and above the water’s surface for over 22 years, and is known for his experimental photography with light and motion.

Imran graduated from Middlesex University, UK with a Bachelor of Arts in Filmmaking. He is an ambassador for Seacam, Blancpain, Mares, Nikon, DAN, and RGBlue Lights, and is a member of the Ocean Artists Society. He spends much of his time as a university lecturer and professional photographer, giving presentations and promoting photography in all of its aspects. He also serves as a judge for several influential photo competitions around the world. Imran currently runs workshops on conservation, underwater, travel, and commercial photography, as well as running photo dive trips around the world.

Jennifer Hayes

Jennifer Hayes is an aquatic biologist and photojournalist specializing in natural history and ocean environments from the tropics to the polar regions. She is a contributing photographer, author and speaker for National Geographic Partners.

Jennifer’s passion for the study and conservation of sharks and sturgeons led to graduate degrees in zoology and marine biology. She is an award-winning essayist, photographer, and author of numerous publications and books on marine environments. Her work has been featured on CNN, ABC Good Morning America, National Geographic TV, Wild and Disney Channel. Jennifer’s current National Geographic projects include a multiple-year documentation of sturgeons and a long-term collaboration to document harp seals in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence as a face of climate change. Jennifer supports ocean solutions through #Collaboration and #NextGeneration.

Mike Bartick

Mike Bartick is a working underwater photographer residing in Anilao, Philippines, and a photo pro at Crystal Blue Resort. Originally from Southern California, he has an insatiable love for finding unique marine life and telling their story through photos and video. Mike is a widely published, award-winning photographer, writer and international public speaker with work appearing monthly in various publications, aquariums and museums.

Mike hosts photo clinics, workshops and seminars at Crystal Blue Resort, concentrating on the different aspects of underwater photography and the natural history of Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific. Mike is also a global ambassador for Sea&Sea underwater imaging, Kraken Sports and Ultralight Control Systems, and works with various companies to bring quality products to market.

Stephen Frink

Stephen Frink is among the world’s most frequently published underwater photographers, with a career spanning four decades. He arrived in Key Largo, Florida in 1978 to open a small studio dedicated to underwater photo services, but he soon began to receive assignments to photograph and write articles for the consumer dive publications of the day. He worked as a photojournalist for Skin Diver magazine for 17 years, and then as the Director of Photography for Scuba Diving magazine.

For the past 10 years, Stephen has been the publisher of Alert Diver magazine, a coffee-table collectible magazine for the members of the Divers Alert Network. Stephen teaches Masters level courses at Stephen Frink School of Underwater Digital Imaging each summer in his home waters off Key Largo and offers dive excursions emphasizing underwater photography through his travel company, WaterHouse Tours.

DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition 2020 Best of Show by Scott Portelli

DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition 2020 “Best of Show” and "Wide Angle Unrestricted" 1st Place by Scott Portelli

DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition 2020 Winning Image by Yung-Sen Wu

DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition 2020 "Wide Angle Traditional" 1st Place by Yung-Sen Wu

DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition 2020 Winning Image by Keigo Kawamura

DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition 2020 "Macro Unrestricted" 1st Place by Keigo Kawamura

DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition 2020 Winning Image by Yatwai So

DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition 2020 "Macro Traditional" 1st Place by Yatwai So