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2012 Competitions Announced with Over $100,000 in Prizes
Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Underwater Competition series returns in 2012 for its 7th year with over $100,000 in prizes.   Known as the “Super Bowl” of underwater imagery events, the series has developed a reputation as being one of the elite underwater photography competitions, and the Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia contests have truly showcased the unique art of underwater photography.   With more than 30 trips to some of the best dive resorts and liveaboards in the world, and top underwater photography and video gear awarded to winners in more than 15 categories, the series represents one of the world’s largest underwater imaging events.   In addition, the grand prize winner of the Our World Underwater competition will be given $1000 Euro's cash!

The series,  organized and founded by and, are designed for photographers for all levels, with categories ranging from novice to professional and even commercial photography.  As in the past, the Our World Underwater contest features technical categories, while DEEP Indonesia offers themed entry categories.

The organizers, Matt Weiss and Eric Cheng, released the following statement:

“We are thrilled to announce the 7th annual Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia competitions. The quality of entries from photographers all over the world shows that underwater photography is truly a growing global art form.  It is always an honor to showcase and award the talented winners of the competitions."

As always, the judges will consist of a panel of industry experts including professional photographers, cinematographers and magazine editors.  The winners will be announced live on stage at the Our World Underwater Film Festival in Chicago on February 17 and will be exhibited at DEEP Indonesia in Jakarta beginning on March 29.  Our international media partners will publish the winning images and will reach millions of readers. 

As with every event, 15 percent of the entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.