Un­der­wa­ter photography shootout

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THE STAGE is set for the world’s largest un­der­wa­ter macro photography shootout and it is hap­pen­ing in the Philip­pines.

Dubbed as the “World Cup of Un­der­wa­ter Photo Com­pe­ti­tions,” the Ani­lao Un­der­wa­ter Shootout is back for its fifth year on Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 in Mabini, Batan­gas.

Or­ga­nized by the De­part­ment of Tourism (DoT) and co-or­ga­nized by Philip­pine Air­lines (PAL), the 5th Ani­lao Un­der­wa­ter Shootout is ex­pected to at­tract more than 200 un­der­wa­ter photography en­thu­si­asts from all over the world, thus mak­ing it one of the big­gest in the world.

Last year’s com­pe­ti­tion drew in 165 com­peti­tors from the Philip­pines, Sin­ga­pore, China, Thai­land, Ja­pan, Malaysia, Tai­wan, Korea, Tur­key, Por­tu­gal, the USA, Switzer­land, Ger­many, France, Aus­tralia, and Canada. With PAL of­fer­ing an ad­di­tional 40 ki­los free in bag­gage ca­pac­ity for trav­el­ing divers, more over­seas par­tic­i­pants are ex­pected to flock to the wa­ters of Ani­lao and cap­ture through their lens its col­or­ful and di­verse ma­rine life.

Ani­lao has a va­ri­ety of dive sites suit­able for ev­ery type of diver and pho­tog­ra­pher and stun­ning seascapes which makes it one of the world’s pre­mier un­der­wa­ter photography des­ti­na­tion and the per­fect set­ting for the an­nual shootout.

“The DoT is also lead­ing in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a strict ‘No Ma­rine Life Ma­nip­u­la­tion’ pol­icy for un­der­wa­ter photography com­pe­ti­tions, em­ploy­ing the as­sis­tance of spot­ters and dive guides to help en­sure the pro­tec­tion and con­ser­va­tion of ma­rine life dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion proper. With the co­op­er­a­tion of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment units and the re­sorts own­ers as­so­ci­a­tion, we have been able to suc­cess­fully im­ple­ment this so that the coun­try con­tin­ues to en­joy Ani­lao as one of the best dive des­ti­na­tions in the world,” said Un­der­sec­re­tary for Tourism De­vel­op­ment, Ben­ito C. Beng­zon, Jr., in a press re­lease.

The panel of judges at this year’s shootout are na­ture pho­tog­ra­pher and Len­nart Nils­son Award win­ner David Doubilet; aquatic bi­ol­o­gist and widely pub­lished pho­to­jour­nal­ist Jen­nifer Hayes; Palme D’or win­ner and pho­tog­ra­pher Scott “Gutsy” Tua­son; Sin­ga­pore-based veteran diver and un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­pher Wil­liam Tan; To­bias Friedrich, diver and award-win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher from Ger­many; and Yoshi Hi­rata, Philip­pines­based Ja­panese ma­rine bi­ol­o­gist and ac­com­plished un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­pher.

The com­pe­ti­tion will have an Open Class for par­tic­i­pants with any type of cam­era and ac­ces­sories, in which pub­lished and pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers will au­to­mat­i­cally be placed; and a Com­pact Class, ex­clu­sively for par­tic­i­pants us­ing cam­eras with­out in­ter­change­able cam­era lenses. Mir­ror­less, SLR, and sim­i­lar types of cam­eras are not per­mit­ted in this class. The cat­e­gories for the com­pe­ti­tion will be: Macro/Su­per­ma­cro, Ma­rine Be­hav­ior, Nudi­branch, Fish Por­trait, and Cephalo­pod.

Two spe­cial cat­e­gories are also avail­able at this year’s com­pe­ti­tion: Black­wa­ter and Bon­fire, which must fea­ture an­i­mals found and pho­tographed by do­ing ei­ther black­wa­ter or bon­fire dives; and GoPro/ iPhone Spe­cial Be­gin­ners, a new cat­e­gory for par­tic­i­pants who use GoPros, smart­phones, and the like for un­der­wa­ter photography.

Each cat­e­gory will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd plac­ers for both Open and Com­pact classes, while spe­cial cat­e­gories will have one win­ner each. DoT and PAL will also be award­ing the Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year, with one win­ner each for the Open and Com­pact Classes.

Reg­is­tra­tion and sub­mis­sion of en­tries for the com­pe­ti­tion proper will be held at Aca­cia Re­sort and Dive Cen­ter, while award­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies will take place at Camp Ne­tanya. Visit

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