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Deadline fast approaching for one of the most prestigious events in the dive industry – the 2013 Ocean Views Photo Contest

(DiverWire) Don’t miss the 2013 Ocean Views Photo Contest. The deadline for submissions is December 18, 2012 and all underwater photographers are encouraged to participate in this event presented by DAN, Nature’s Best Photography and

While many photo contests are conducted throughout the year, few can match the publication exposure and impressive list of prizes being offered in the Ocean Views Photo Contest. The Grand Prize alone includes week-long live-aboard adventures in both Thailand and the Bahamas, courtesy the Aggressor and Dancer Fleets. Dive adventures and highly desirable scuba gears are part of the very generous prize roster

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The contest is open to professionals, amateurs and youths under the age of 18. Winning images will be published in both Alert Diver and Nature’s Best Photography magazines and may also appear on the magazines’ photo galleries as well as, and others.

“Underwater photography is a smart and effective way to promote recreational scuba diving and keep divers active. DAN is pleased to be a part of this international program to recognize solid underwater imagery,” said William Ziefle, DAN CEO. “This contest continues to grow in awareness and participation based on the high quality and number of the entries.”

Contest entries can encompass almost a dozen different subject categories, including ocean weather, tropical and temperate reef ecosystems, shallow-shore and deep-water environments, geologic processes, sunken vessels and more. Entries will be judged on technical quality, composition, originality and artistic merit, and all images must be taken in the wild of natural settings and behaviors.

“We encourage everyone who’s taken a photo of which they’re proud to enter the contest,” Stephen Frink, Publisher of Alert Diver Magazine and one of the most high-profile underwater photographers in the world said. “We’re constantly amazed at the quality of photos taken, and they’re taken by photographers of all experience levels and equipment investment. If you’re an enthusiast in the world of underwater photography, we hope you’ll share your work via the Ocean Views Photo Contest.”

Entrants can submit up to 20 images for a single $25 US entry fee, and submissions must be received by December 18, 2012. Visit the Nature’s Best Photography website for all entry details, guidelines, entry forms and photo tips.