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2022 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Announced

The 11th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition 2022 is accepting entries today through November 30, 2022 – with the largest prize value ever 

The Underwater Photography Guide is delighted to announce that it is accepting entries for the 2022 edition of the annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition – the 11th annual Ocean Art competition! 

This year’s competition features over $100,000 in prizes, making Ocean Art the world’s largest and most prestigious underwater photo competition. The competition attracts amateur to pro photographers across the globe. Fourteen categories, including a new mobile phone category, ensure all photo disciplines and cameras compete fairly, while the 50+ winning images create a portfolio of the best underwater photos of the year. 

Ocean Art prizes are provided by some of the world’s top scuba diving resorts, liveaboard dive yachts, and underwater photo gear manufacturers.

In order to lower the barrier to entry into our competition, Ocean Art have decided to add a 14th category that showcases the ability of anyone, anywhere to take underwater photos – the Mobile Phone category. Recent advancements in smartphone technology and affordable smartphone housings have enabled a greater percentage of the general public to capture incredible underwater art. Ocean Art 2021 consists of 14 categories total, with the top categories including Wide Angle, Macro, Marine Life Behavior and 3 corresponding compact camera categories, giving underwater photographers of all levels a chance to win a great prize. Unique categories include Black & White, Marine Life Portrait, Cold/Temperate Water, Blackwater, Underwater Conservation, and Nudibranchs. The Underwater Art category encourages creativity in post-processing. 

Winners from each category will be able to rank the prizes they would like to receive, making it more likely that each winner will receive a prize they desire. 

Judges include world-renowned underwater photographers Tony Wu, Marty Snyderman, Mark Strickland, and Scott Gietler. Marty Snyderman is an Emmy winner with work appearing in top publications like National Geographic. Tony Wu is a renowned underwater photographer and author of Silent Symphony. Mark Strickland is a published author, award winning underwater photographer, and photo specialist at Bluewater Photo. Scott Gietler is the owner of Bluewater Photo, Bluewater Travel, and the Underwater Photography Guide. 

Photos must be submitted before the deadline of 23:59PM PST on November 30, 2022. 

Information can be found on our Ocean Art Photo Competition page at

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