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Our World-Underwater announces 2012 International underwater photo/video contest

(DiverWire) The Our World Underwater international underwater photography and video competition, now in its 7th year,  has become one of the biggest and most respected photography competitions in the world. The competition celebrates not just the beauty of the ocean, but the art of underwater photography as well.

The OWU competition, together with the DEEP Indonesia competition, are a unique series with a the prize pool of over $100,000. Winners also achieve the glory of being named some of the world’s best underwater photographers, the respect of their peers, and their images will be exposed to millions of readers of dive, travel and photography magazines and websites worldwide. Esteemed judges will include leading professional underwater photographers, cinematographers and magazine editors from around the world.

Underwater photographers of all levels, from novice to professionals, will compete in what has become the “Superbowl” of international underwater imagery events, for over $55,000 in world-class prizes! Additionally, Best of Show will receive an additional cash prize of $1,000!

The unique competition series was founded and hosted by the popular underwater photography websites and The competition is held in association with the Our World Underwater dive expo in Chicago February 17 – 19, 2012.

** Deadline for submissions Jan 23, 2012 **

Winners will be announced live on stage during the Our World Underwater film festival in Chicago, and will be revealed here on, and will be published by supporting media partners worldwide shortly thereafter. Winning videos will be broadcast as episodes of the iTunes-featured DiveFilm Podcast Video.

The entry fees are $10 per image or video entered. As with all events, 15% of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.

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