DEEP Indonesia 2016 International Underwater Photo Competition


Indonesia International Competition | This International Photo Competition is hosted by DivePhotoGuide and Wetpixel, in association with DEEP Indonesia on March 2016. The International Underwater Photo Competition is part of a unique series of Indonesia’s first-ever diving, adventure travel and extreme sports expo. In this International Underwater Photo Competition, photographers will compete in six themed categories to win over $45,000 in prizes, including underwater photo equipment and premium dive travel packages to some of the top photo destinations in the world.

DEADLINE: February 25th, 2016

DEEP Indonesia 2016 International Underwater Photo Competition


The DEEP Indonesia competition is part of a unique series that, together with the Our World Underwater competition, has a prize pool of over $100,000. The prestige of these contests means that winners also achieve the glory of being named some of the world’s best underwater photographers. Esteemed judges this year include professional underwater photographer Aaron Wong, underwater photographer and Webpixel editor Abi Smigel Mullens, professional underwater photographer Daniel Botelho, and DivePhotoGuide editor Joseph Tepper.

** Deadline for submissions February 25th, 2016 **

Winners will be announced online, published by our media partners worldwide and exhibited during the DEEP Indonesia Expo.

The fee to enter is $10 per image. As with all events, 15% of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.

Rules & Guidelines

General Rules

  1. The DEEP Indonesia competition is open to entrants of all skill levels.
  2. and staff are allowed to enter, however, photo contest staff and judges are not allowed to enter the contest.
  3. Each individual can only win one prize or prize package. Entrants with multiple winning entries will be given priority in prizes by value.
  4. Winners will be announced and exhibited at the 2016 DEEP Indonesia show in Jakarta, March 31 - April 3, 2016.
  5. We are adopting the Conservation Rules established by EPIC®. Marine life should never be stressed or endangered for the sake of a photo. Conservation rules will apply to all entries, and decisions will be final. 

    Entries suspected of exhibiting the following behavior will be disqualified: 
    • Divers visibly damaging the environment (e.g. gear dragging or kicking up sand).
    • Animals with signs of stress (e.g. puffed puffers, inking octopus).
    • Animals moved to an unnatural environment or risky location.
    • Animals being fed (especially with artificial food from divers).
    • Marine life being touched (e.g. coral polyps, seahorse tails).
    • Divers exhibiting poor buoyancy control
  6. Category descriptions are available on the photo competition description page.

Additional Rules for Image Entries

  1. All submitted images must have been taken by the entrant.
  2. Images that have won or placed in photo contests with winning entries announced before December 1st, 2015, may not be submitted. A winning image is defined as follows:
    • any image that has placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in any contest that has resulted in prizes worth $100 USD or more.
    • any image that has placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in a major photography contest (to be determined subjectively by judges).
    • any image that has placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in any photo of the year type contest. Photos of the day, week, or month are fine, as long as they have not resulted in prizes worth $100 USD or more.
  3. Photographers retain all copyrights to their images.,, and retain the right to publish the contest entries in print or online to congratulate or feature the winners and their respective images, and to promote future events.  Winning images will be included in a press release for third party websites and publications in the context of congratulating and/or featuring the winners and winning images, and to promote future competitions. Strict guidelines requiring photo credit and specific one-time press release usage are issued along with the press release.
  4. All images need to have been taken underwater, except when noted otherwise in a category description.
    Entries may have been taken from any camera, film (as scanned slides) or digital.

General Guidelines

All entries must be received before the deadline time of 11:59pm (Pacific Time) on the published deadline date.

Photo Submission Guidelines

  • Entries must be saved in jpeg format and should be sized to be between 2000 and 6000 pixels in the longest dimension. Please limit your images to a maximum file size of 5,000KB (5MB). Images will be viewed on a large monitor and should be in the AdobeRGB 1998 or sRGB color space.
  • An image can be uploaded into multiple competitions, but only assigned to one category per competition. Any individual image can only place in one competition, and in the instance that it places in more than one competition simultaneously, the instance with the highest rank will prevail.
  • The preferred method of entry is electronically, however, if this method is not possible due to your lack of a proper internet connection, you will be able to print out a mailing label to physically submit images on CD.

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