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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
Celebrity judges include leading professional underwater photographers, cinematographers and magazine editors. A formal announcement of judges will follow.
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