Underwater shutterbugs that live in the midwestern USA can now begin submitting their pictures or video for the Our World Underwater photography competition.

Currently in its 12th year, the contest has become a respected underwater photography competition. It celebrates both the beauty of the ocean as well as the art of underwater photography.

Among the judges this year are well-known professional underwater photographers David Doubilet, Alex Mustard and Keri Wilk, as well as Scuba Diver AustralAsia and Asian Diver magazine editor Alice Grainger.

The Best of Show winner will get a cash prize of US$1,000/961 Euros, and there’s a whole bunch of other prizes available as well.

DivePhotoGuide.com and Wetpixel.com will continue to host the competition in association with the Our World Underwater dive expo February 24-26, 2017 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

The deadline for submissions is February 4th, 2017, so don’t wait until the last minute!

Winners will be announced during the Our World Underwater film festival in Chicago, revealed on UnderwaterCompetition.com, and published by supporting media partners worldwide shortly thereafter. Winning videos will be broadcast as episodes of the iTunes-featured DiveFilm Podcast Video.

Entry fees are $10/9.61 Euros per image or video submitted, and 15 percent of the entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.

For more information and to register for the competition, go to UnderwaterCompetition.com.

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