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Scuba Diving Magazine's 2024 Underwater Photo Contest

The 2024 Contest Will Open Thursday, June 13

Scuba Diving Magazine's 2024 Through Your Lens Photo Contest is supported by Aggressor Adventures, Scubapro, SeaLife Cameras and All Star Liveaboards. Please read the official rules for more information.

The 2024 contest features six brand new image categories.

View the winners of the 2023 Photo Contest here.

CATEGORIES

CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS

BEHAVIOR

The underwater animal world is full of big personalities, regardless of the actual size of the creature in question. The Behavior category spans a wide range of animal encounters and interactions, unlikely pairings, symbiotic relationships, and photos that capture a subject's personality or anthropomorphic emotions.

CONCEPTUAL

This year, we’re bringing back an old favorite: the Conceptual category. Mermaid photo shoots, manipulated photos, composite images, split-shots—this is your chance to think outside the box and win!

WIDE-ANGLE

Wide-Angle entries capture the grandeur of the underwater world on a large scale. Sprawling reefscapes, hulking wrecks, mesmerizing cavern rooms and large animals on the move are all fair game. For this category, it’s go big or go home!

BLACKWATER

It seems we get more entries of photos taken on blackwater dives with each passing contest. This year we thought it time to create a whole category showcasing the luminescent critters and unique photography skills that cause them to pop like neon signs against a pitch-dark background.

AMATEUR

We encourage photographers of all skill and experience levels to submit their photos to any of our categories. We also know it can be intimidating to pit your best shots up against the pros. For this special Amateur category, we will only be accepting submissions from photographers who have never placed in an underwater photo contest of any kind.

Need a little more inspiration? Meet the 2022 Scuba Diving magazine Photo Contest winners.


JUDGING

Judging will take place shortly after the competition closes. The results of the competition will be published in our September/October Photo Issue. This means that winners/those who placed should not expect to hear from Scuba Diving magazine until July.

The panel of judges will include Scuba Diving magazine staff, PADI staff, and external professional photographers with years of experience taking and evaluating underwater photography.


2023 THROUGH YOUR LENS PHOTO CONTEST PRIZES

Grand Prize Trip and All First Prize Trips from Aggressor Liveaboards.

GRAND PRIZE

Prize: Galapagos Aggressor III Approx. Value: $6,995 Plus $1,000 cash awarded by Scuba Diving magazine


FIRST-PLACE

All First-Place winners in the categories listed below will receive a trip on an Aggressor Liveaboard.

Wide-Angle Category

Prize: Belize Aggressor III

Approx. Value: $3,395

Blackwater Category

Prize: Turks and Caicos Aggressor

Approx. Value: $3,495

Behavior Category

Prize: BVI Aggressor

Approx. Value: $3,495

Conceptual Category

Prize: Red Sea Aggressor IV

Approx. Value: $2,699


SECOND-PLACE

All Second-Place winners will receive a Scubapro regulator.

Wide-Angle Category

Prize: MK25 EVO/S620Ti Regulator System

Value: $1,159

Blackwater Category

Prize: MK25 EVO/S620Ti Regulator System

Value: $1,159

Behavior Category

Prize: MK25 EVO/S620Ti Regulator System

Value: $1,159

Conceptual Category

Prize: MK25 EVO/S620Ti Regulator System

Value: $1,159


THIRD PLACE

All third-place winners will receive underwater camera equipment from SeaLife Cameras

Wide-Angle Category

Prize: SportDiver Underwater Smartphone Housing

Value: $349.95

Blackwater Category

Prize: Micro 3.0 Underwater Camera

Value: $599.95

Behavior Category

Prize: ReefMaster RM-4K Underwater Action Camera

Value: $349.95

Conceptual Category

Prize: SportDiver Underwater Smartphone Housing

Value: $349.95

AMATEUR CATEGORY

Both Amateur category winners will receive a trip from All Star Liveaboards.

Winner Number 1 Prize: All Star Red Sea

Value: $1,895

Winner Number 2 Prize: Blackbeard’s Cruises

Value: $1,095