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Anilao Underwater Shootout 2023


Anilao Underwater Shootout 2023

Philippines to host the world’s largest underwater macro photography competition

The Philippines' world-famous marine life will once again take the stage at this year’s edition of the Anilao Underwater Shootout, the world’s biggest underwater macro photography competition.

Running from May 22 – 26 in Mabini, Batangas, the competition gathers divers, professional and amateur underwater photographers, and marine enthusiasts in one venue. This year’s edition will reopen to international participants for the first time since the pandemic.

Anilao Underwater Shootout 2023

Dubbed the ‘World Cup of Underwater Photo Competitions,’ the event promotes Anilao as a premier underwater photography destination.

It also serves as a venue for sustainable dive tourism as the competition continues to implement a “no marine life manipulation” policy, a strict guideline that has set standards for other underwater photography competitions in the world.

Set rules and a point system combined with the expertise of highly experienced judges from various fields are in place to discourage manipulated images.

Anilao Underwater Shootout 2023

Anilao locals will also sign a code of conduct accord prior to the event. 

Comprising this year’s panel of judges are renowned underwater photographers Aaron Wong, Brook Peterson, Franco Banfi, Rafael Fernandez, and Scott “Gutsy” Tuason.

The Anilao Underwater Shootout is mounted by the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) and is supported by Nauticam, Scubalamp, AOI, XDEEP, Migalabs, Fourth Element, and Marelux.

Anilao Underwater Shootout 2023

Interested participants may sign up for the competition at, or register between May 22 and May 25 at Soltitude Acacia Resort. For more information, check out the Anilao Underwater Shootout Facebook page

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Scuba Diver ANZ Editor, Adrian Stacey, first learned to dive on the Great Barrier Reef over 24 years ago. Since then he has worked as a dive instructor and underwater photographer in various locations around the world including, Egypt, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico and Saba. He has now settled in Australia, back to where his love of diving first began.
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