The Year Of The Oceans & Reefs: International Underwater Photography Competitions Make History

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Since the dawn of time, man has sought answers to the mysteries of the oceans. Scuba diving and underwater photography have become the world's eyes into the deep. Over $80,000 in prizes are up for grabs as two international underwater photography competitions join forces to produce impressive results.

Since the dawn of time, man has sought answers to the mysteries of the oceans. Scuba diving and underwater photography have become the world's eyes into the deep. Two popular underwater photography websites have set the bar by developing a series of international competitions like no other. Now in their third year, the competitions have become world renowned.

On the heels of announcing the prestigious 3rd-annual, US-based international photo and video competition, Wetpixel & DivePhotoGuide have once again organized a unique joint collaboration with a second international competition in association with DEEP Indonesia , Indonesia's first-ever Diving, Adventure Travel and Water sports expo.

2007 marked the first time two international underwater photography competitions associated with dive expos on opposite sides of the world cooperated to establish a complementary series of categories and prizing opportunities. In 2007 winners alone spanned across 18 countries.

Photographers will compete in 7 themed categories to win over $30,000 in prizes, including photo equipment, dive gear, and premium dive travel packages to some of the top photo destinations in Indonesia and beyond. Indonesia trips include some of the top photo destinations in Indonesia - Komodo, Raja Empat, Lembeh Bali, Manado, Fak Fak, and Ambon. Additional dive packages include trips to the pristine reefs of Papua New Guinea and shark diving in the Bahamas. The contest is open to all skill levels and includes a category for images that focus on conservation and the marine environment, one for entries taken by compact digital cameras, and one specifically for Indonesian entrants.

All compact camera category entrants will receive one free underwater photography lesson courtesy of Marty Snyderman and TheUnderwaterPhotographer.com

Esteemed judges Eric Cheng, Stephen Frink, and David Espinosa will select winners after the Feb 15, 2008 deadline. Winners will be announced online, published by supporting media partners worldwide and exhibited during the DEEP Indonesia Expo in Jakarta, Indonesia (March 28-30, 2008).

As with all Underwatercompetition.com events, 15% of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.

Visit the official competition website, UnderwaterCompetition.com for more information, guidelines and entry forms. Galleries of the beautiful winning entries from past years are also on the website.

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