2013 Ocean Art Photo Competition

Announcing the 2013 Ocean Art Photo Competition, brought to you by the Underwater Photography Guide.
By Brent Durand

Ocean Art Photo Competition

Ocean Art Photo Competition 2013

Over $80,000 in prizes!

Winners choose their own prizes

3 Categories dedicated to Compact Camera users, 12 categories total

Submission Period Ended Nov 17, 2013.

- View the Winning Photos Here -

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Submit underwater photos taken anywhere, anytime

Judges include world-renowned underwater photographers Tony Wu, Martin Edge, Marty Snyderman & Todd Winner

Open to all photographers








Wide-Angle • Macro • Marine Life Behavior • Portrait • Cold/ Temperate

Nudibranchs  • SuperMacro • Underwater Model/ Fashion • Novice dSLR

Compact Camera Wide-Angle • Compact Camera Marine Life Behavior • Compact Camera Macro


Entry Form Link  • Entry Fee Info • Rules • Category Details • Judges • Prize Details



View the 2011 Ocean Art winning photographs

View the 2010 Ocean Art winning photographs

Please scroll down to view our sponsors and the amazing prizes!



2013 Ocean Art Platinum Sponsors:





MV FeBrinaThe liveaboard MV FeBrina, one of the most famous liveaboards in the world, cruises from her home port, Walindi, visiting areas further afield such as Witu Islands, Fathers Reefs - some of the best diving on the planet. The MV FeBrina is sponsoring a 10-night liveaboard trip as part of an 18 night dive trip package including 4 nights at Walindi resort and 4 nights at Loloata resort.


WAOW Charters

The M S/V WAOW offers divers fourteen dream destination itineraries through Indonesia on their 60m ironwood sailboat, complete with 9 luxury staterooms, spacious lounges, full service restaurant, dedicated camera room, sundecks,  multimedia equipment and more. Experience some of the best diving in the world on a luxury cruise, including Komodo, Alor, Raja Ampat and more. WAOW Charters is sponsoring a trip of the winner's choice!



SMY Ondina, a romantic and modern wooden schooner, runs fantastic Indonesia liveaboard adventure safaris to dive Komodo, Fak Fak, Flores, Sulawesi and the Raja Ampat area - some of the most amazing waters in the world. Eight air-conditioned double cabins with en suite bathroom guarantee a level of comfort you’ll appreciate. The SMY Ondina is sponsoring an 11 day trip on their liveaboard for ANY of their scheduled cruises + 50% off your companion!



Siren FleetThe S/Y Indo Siren is an award-winning yacht visiting some of the world's top-rated dive sites with comfort and ease. Owned and Managed by Worldwide Dive & Sail, the S/Y Indo Siren was built for divers by divers with flexible cabin arrangements, outdoor dining area and extra spacious dive deck.  The S/Y Indo Siren is sponsoring a 10-Night Komodo Trip!




OceanicOceanic builds innovative and reliable scuba products. Underwater photographers demand a lot from their equipment to get the perfect shot and Oceanic continues to live up to the challenge. The new OCi represents the next step forward in recreational wireless air-integrated dive computers. Oceanic is sponsoring 4 OCi computers for various Ocean Art winners!



Bluewater PhotoBluewater Photo is the premier online and retail shop for underwater photography gear as well as international photo trips. Offering years of experience and expert advice on cameras, housings, strobes and accessories, Bluewater Photo is known for excellent customer service during and after sale.  Bluewater Photo is sponsoring gift certificates for several contest winners!


Bluewater Travel


Bluewater Travel is a full service dive travel agency covering over 100 of the top resorts and liveaboards worldwide. Run by divers for divers, Bluewater Travel specializes in photo excursions and sets divers up to capture their best photos. Bluewater Travel is sponsoring trip credits with any of our 100 partners for winning photographers!





2013 Ocean Art Premium Sponsors:




LissenungSome consider Lissenung Island Resort the ultimate paradise. Imagine a small tropical island covered in palm trees, surrounded by a white sandy beach, a beautiful house reef and some of the best diving in the world. Lissenung Island is located just off Kavieng, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea. Nestled amongst natural surrounds, traditionally built bungalows accommodate a max. of 14 guests. Forget your high heels, tropical attire is our dress code. At Lissenung Island Resort, personal service is guaranteed and a visit here is truly exclusive! Lissenung is sponsoring a 10 night stay at their resort + diving!


Bilikiki offers liveaboard dive trips in the Solomon islands, from ships consistently rated among the best live-aboards in the world, with some of the best diving in the world. You'll have a good opportunity to see sharks, mantas, dolphins, and turtles, barracuda, and more varieties of coral than almost anywhere. Bilikiki is sponsoring a 7 night trip on any of their liveaboards!




Nautilus SwellThe Nautilus Swell brings over 20 years experience in B.C. and Alaska, along with the same crew, exceptional service levels and attention to detail that the Nautilus Explorer is famous for. Explore calving glaciers, iceburgs, grizzly bears, giant wrecks and more. The Nautilus Swell is sponsoring a 1 week trip to British Columbia / Gwaii Haanas!



Villa MarkisaVilla Markisa is an exclusive resort located on the north east coast of Bali. Nestled at the foot of Bali’s most famous volcano “Gunung Agung”, the private bungalows offer individual service and great attention to detail. Bali's famous Liberty Wreck is minutes away, and the house reef has hundreds of nudibranch species.  Villa Markisa is sponsoring a 7-night stay in the deluxe bungalow, full board, and diving!



Sea SafariSea Safari Cruises, based in Bali, takes divers on trips to remote destinations like Lembongan Island, Labuan Bajo and several other well-known diving locations. Known for excellence in service, food, music, ambience, attentive crew, exclusivity and great diving, Sea Safari offers a unique liveaboard experience.  Sea Safari is sponsoring a Raja Ampat or Komodo liveaboard trip!




Kosrae Island is truly a hidden treasure, tucked away in the Federated States of Micronesia on top of some of the most lush and healthy coral reefs in the world. Kosrae Nautilus Resort caters to divers who are looking for remote, uncrowded, pristine reefs. They offer complete dive, accommodations and meals packages. Kosrae Nautilus resort is sponsoring a week-long dive vacation for 2 divers!




Atlantis Dive Resorts offer one of the most outstanding values for a first class dive vacation in the world today. Experience Atlantis' luxury liveaboard (Atlantis Azores) or visit resorts in Dumaguette and Puerto Galera, Philppines. Atlantis Dive Resorts is sponsoring a 7-night dive vacation at either Atlantis Puerto Galera or Atlantis Dumaguete!




Mike Ball Dive ExpeditionsSince 1969 Mike Ball has been setting standards in the Australian dive industry with exceptional liveaboard expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Mike Ball is sponsoring a 3-night Fly Dive Cod Hole expedition!




Walindi ResortWalindi Resort, in Kimbe Bay Papua New Guinea, has been voted to have the "best diving from a resort anywhere in the world" by reader surveys. Unusual critters, 900 species of fish, sharks, barracuda, jacks and more await you. Walindi is sponsoring a 4-night stay as part of an 18 night dive trip package including 10 nights on the MV FeBrina and 4 nights at Loloata resort.



Alor DiversAlor Divers is situated on a large white sand beach just minutes from world-class Indonesian diving. Slopes and walls full of coral, fish and seasonal whales await divers, as well unlimited house reef diving in front of the intimate resort. Alor Divers is sponsoring a 9-night dive and stay package!



Eco Divers

Eco Divers is the only Indonesia resort offering liveaboard diving by day with a resort stay by evening for a truly unique dive experience. Catering to underwater photographers, Eco Divers visits some of the best reefs in the world.  Eco Divers is sponsoring a 7-night stay and dive package! Winner must bring a buddy at standard rates.



LoloataLoloata Island Resort, just minutes from the Port Moresby airport in Papua New Guinea, means great diving and a chance to observe some of the world's greatest coral reefs and meet a myriad of marine animals in their natural habitat. Underwater photo enthusiasts find a dazzling array of great fish, corals and invertebrate subjects only minutes away from the dock aboard a new deluxe dive boat. Loloata is sponsoring a 4-night stay as part of an 18 night dive trip package including 10 nights on the MV FeBrina and 4 nights at Walindi resort.


Ikelite has a long history of making strobes, dive lights, underwater housings for DSLR and compact cameras and much more for photographers worldwide since 1962. They're famous for their commitment to excellent customer service. Ikelite is sponsoring a DS161 Substrobe with charger and a new Gamma dive light!




Lions Dive & Beach ResortLions Dive & Beach Resort is the sportiest place to stay in Curacao, located minutes away from some of the Caribbean's best diving. Enjoy their large pool, spa, or lounge on a gorgeous beach in between dives. Lions Dive is sponsoring a 5-night stay for two with breakfast included!



AquaMarine Diving Bali is well known for specializing in custom Bali dive safaris for divers and underwater photographers. They offer fast boats, great accommodation options and experienced guides that know where all the best photo subjects are. AquaMarine is sponsoring a 5-day trip for an Ocean Art winner!



Sea SabaJuliana's Hotel paired with Sea Saba Dive Center is your paradise in the Caribbean. Sea Saba offers unspoiled diving with no cruise ships along with a variety of accomodations (including cottages) at Juliana's. They pride themselves on the highest levels of service. Juliana's and Sea Saba are sponsoring a 3-night trip with diving for an Ocean Art winner!



Maluku DiversThe Maluku Divers Resort in Laha is one of the must visit locations in any diver’s Indonesian dive list. The only dedicated dive resort in Ambon, the facility was built specifically with divers in mind and boasts the most unique and comfortable accommodations in the whole of Maluku.  Maluku Divers Resort is sponsoring a 4-night package complete with diving!


Blackbeard's CruisesBlackbeard's Cruises offers liveaboard scuba vacation packages to the Bahama's outer islands, along with a huge variety of diving - sharks, walls, reefs and more. Blackbeard's is sponsoring a week-long liveaboard!



AcquapazzaAcquapazza is the first u/w housing manufacturer to offer high-quality metal housings in 14 annodized colors. Stylish in design with excellent ergonomics, these housings are made with decades of manufacturing expertise in high-end motorcycle racing components. Acquapazza is sponsoring a violet housing for the Sony RX-100!




I-DiveSite produces the innovative I-Torch dive, video and focus lights. With a wide range of lights featuring white, red and even UV beams, I-Torch lights are a favorite of many underwater photographers and videographers. I-DiveSite is sponsoring a Pro6 Video LIght!


Recsea is the manufacturer of some of the finest, most compact aluminum housings on the planet - known for their light weight, precise controls and excellent ergonomics. Recsea is sponsoring a housing for the popular Sony RX100 camera!



ReefNetReefNet has been developing unique marine technologies for more than 15 years and have earned a great reputation with photographers through their SubSee magnifiers. Their products combine smart engineering with elegant design, solving problems with style. Reefnet is sponsoring a +5 or +10 SubSee diopter and adapter for supermacro photography!



Sea & Sea is one of the best known names in underwater imaging equipment, offering high-quality DSLR housings, strobes and much more.  Sea & Sea is sponsoring a YS-01 strobe!


Kona Honu DiversKona Honu Divers is locally owned and operated with excellent and experienced guides. Encounters with dolphins, turtles, and manta rays are common in the placid Kona waters. Kona Honu Divers is sponsoring 3 separate 2-tank dives, perfect for your next Kona vacation!



SubgearSUBGEAR manufactures quality dive gear for reasonable prices, and is one of the leaders in regulators, BCs, wetsuits, masks, fins and many other dive products. Subgear is sponsoring an XP-10 2-Gauge Console!




Diving Unlimited is known worldwide for making drysuits and undergarments of the highest quality, built specifically for each customer in San Diego, California.  DUI is sponsoring a weight & trim package and dive gear bag!



GoProGoPro produces the world's most versatile cameras that can mount everywhere. The Hero 3 Black camera records incredible HD video and has become a favorite of many divers. GoPro is sponsoring a Hero 3 video camera!





Fantasea Line is dedicated to developing and manufacturing creative and affordable products for diving and underwater photography. Fantasea makes a popular housing for G15 camera as well as many exellent dive lights. Fantasea is sponsoring a BlueRay Action Video Light!




SeaLifeSeaLife Cameras are packed full of features at very affordable prices. Great for snorkeling or scuba diving, and shooting photos or video. SeaLife is sponsoring a ReefMaster camera!



WatershotWatershot creates underwater housings and lighting and has become wildly popular for their iPhone housings. Watershot is sponsoring an iPhone 4 or 5 PRO housing!



ThinkTANK PhotoThinkTank Photo is a leader in creating great products for photographers. They specialize in camera bags, travel bags, belts, covers and more. ThinkTank is sponsoring a Retrospective 7 camera bag for an Ocean Art winner!



UltralightUltralight is the leading maker of arms, trays and clamps for the underwater photography community - making only high quality products built to last. Ultralight is sponsoring a gift certificate to help build your camera rig!











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