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Photo Competitions to Enter in 2020


Photo Competitions to Enter in 2020
Photo Competitions to Enter in 2020

While we are going through these tough times with the idea of the next opportunity to dive feeling like we are watching a distant ship’s smoke of the horizon, there are still avenues we photographers go to keep us motivated. Top of the list is taking the time to dig and sort through your image library for possible contenders for this year’s round of underwater photography competitions.

Two days ago, I posted here info on the United Nations World Oceans Day Photo Competition.

In addition to it, here are three more competitions for both amateur and professional alike that are well worth investigation.

Nature’s Best Photo Competition

One of the most prestigious is the Nature’s Best Photo Competition

While not exclusively an underwater photo competition with categories divided up between: African Wildlife, Animal Antics, Art In Nature, Birds, Conservation, Landscapes, Outdoor Adventure, Polar Passion, Wildlife and Video, there is also an Ocean Views division.

To enter, you need to act quickly as the closing date for submissions is April 30th, 2020.

For more info, you can download the entry guidelines here

Next is the Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea Underwater Photo Competition

Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea Underwater Photo Competition

Put together by Underwater Photography Guide and Bluewater Photo and Travel. This year’s competition is going to be a little different.

In addition to featuring over $10,000 in prizes, Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea Underwater Photo Competition has pledged one quarter of the proceeds will be donated to the CDC Foundation and WHO Covid-19 Response Fund to Help Fight Coronavirus.

Open to all photographers, this Ocean Art competition will run in the same way as past contests. The only changes you might note that are different from 2019 Ocean Art competition is that they have removed the Novice categories and replaced them with a single Shipwrecks category.

The cutoff date for entries in the Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea competition is June 30th, 2020!

Competition details can be viewed here

You can also visit their Facebook page and Instagram page, or email: with any questions.

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And there is the ever-constant running World Shootout which have recently rolled out their new “Pictures of your Life” contest.

The aim of the contest is to allow photographers to submit your best and most impressive underwater images you have ever taken anytime / anywhere in your life.

This contest covers 12 challenging categories from Amateurs, Wide Angle, Macro, UW Fashion, Black Water, Video Clip, Humoristic Image, Environment and Conservation, to Wrecks, and Sharks. See here

It is free to enter and the deadline for submissions is June 1st, 2020 with the Semi-finals on June 25th, 2020


At the end of the competition, a digital album will be produced to be sent to all participants

Please review all categories, rules and guidelines prior to submitting images or videos to the World Shootout competition. A Competition Album will be produced and sent to all participants.

So, here you have it, and good luck!

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Walt Stearns
Editor for Scuba Diver Magazine's North America edition, Walt Stearns, has been involved in the diving industry for more than 30 years. As one of the most prolific photojournalists in diving media Walt’s articles and images have appeared in a wide range of national and international diving, water sports and travel titles.
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