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Underwater Tour Awards 2021

Entries Now Open! AUD$30,000 Prize Pool, Calling all Photographers, Creative Artists and Eco-Citizens

UnderWater Black And White, Richard Condlyffe
UnderWater Black And White, Richard Condlyffe

Australia, 11 January 2021: Entries are now open for the Underwater Tour Awards 2021.  We have added two new awards this year to include not just photographers, but also creatives and eco-citizens everywhere.

Guru Awards

Guru Awards, Chelsea Haebich
Guru Awards, Chelsea Haebich

These awards feature five Categories, a publicly-voted People’s Choice prize, plus the ultimate prize for the top-scoring photographer across all the categories, the Grand Guru prize!

The Grand Guru Prize is the Winner’s choice of gleaming SEACAM ‘silver’ valued at AUD 5,000 and a Canon EOS R6 from our new partner, CameroPro! Total Grand Guru prize value: AUD 10,000.

Guru, Chelsea Haebich
Guru, Chelsea Haebich

The winners of each of the five (5) photo category prizes judged by our international judging panel receive AUD 500 cash plus partner prizes from Scubapro, Momento Pro and Living Image.

The People's Choice prize for the most voted favourite image online is a prize bundle including goodies by Scubapro, Finslap, Darren Jew Photography and Living Image.

From the Heart to the Ocean – The Max Benjamin Award

UnderWater Characters, Simone Caprodossi
UnderWater Characters, Simone Caprodossi

NEW! One (1) award open to all creative artists working in any medium.

Inspire us with your work! The prize is amazing! Commemorating PNG diving pioneer Max Benjamin, the winner will receive a seven night stay at Walindi Plantation Resort in Papua New Guinea including diving, meals and local airport transfers.

Local Eco-Hero Award 

NEW!  One (1) award recognising environmental stewardship.

Peoples Choice, Pierre Laurent Pablo
Peoples Choice, Pierre Laurent Pablo

Do you know someone who works tirelessly to improve their local environment? Nominate them for the new Local Eco-Hero Award. The winner will receive a prize they truly deserve – a two-night stay on Lady Elliot Island, a coral cay sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life. This amazing prize includes return flights to and from the island from Bundaberg or Hervey Bay.

A natural extension of the annual Underwater Tour speaker series and in collaboration with valued Partners, this prestigious international competition, The Underwater Tour Awards is now in its second year and guarantees to take us on a remarkable experience of our underwater world.

UnderWater Scenes, Pavlos Evangelidis
UnderWater Scenes, Pavlos Evangelidis

Led by Canon Master Darren Jew, entries will be judged by an esteemed international panel of award-winning photographers and Underwater Tour speakers including Jürgen Freund (Australia), Rachael Talibart (UK), Y Zin Kim (South Korea) and Alex Kydd, (Australia).

Winning images will be announced during a special segment of the Underwater Tour Show 2021 on 23 May 2021.

Entries are open now.   Competition closes:  Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 23:59hrs AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) GMT +10:00

Guru, Chelsea Haebich
Guru, Chelsea Haebich

For more information head over to

For further information please contact

Juliette Myers  0407 900 266

About the Underwater Tour:  Since 2018, the Underwater Tour has presented and promoted a like-minded group of ethical, internationally acclaimed professional underwater photographers traveling together, sharing their incredible images live on theatre stages to audiences around the country in a week-long annual touring speaker series.

The Underwater Tour is an annual partnership between Juliette Myers of IlluminOcean and Tim Hochgrebe of, joined in 2020 by creative partners Darren Jew and Jasmine Carey from Finslap.

The team launched the Underwater Tour Awards in 2020 as an international underwater photography competition, expanded in 2021 to include three award genres with nine prizes valued together at over AUD $30,000.

All images shown are from last years winners.

For the latest issue of Scuba Diver ANZ click here 

Scuba Diver ANZ magazine issue 29

Adrian Stacey
Adrian Stacey
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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