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How much does it cost to participate in the World ShootOut competition?

Participation fees depend on the number of categories you would like to participate in. In addition, it depends on the number of sets you plan to submit in each of the categories.

For the full list of participation fees, please Click Here.

Note that registration to the different categories is carried out ahead of time and should be completed no later than November 1st, 2016.

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Where can I dive during the World ShootOut competition?

During the World ShootOut, you can dive in any natural water resource found around the world, including seas, oceans, lakes, rivers, under the ice and more.

You are invited to take part in the competition by diving in your familiar or favorite destination during the days of the shoot-out.

This can be a wonderful opportunity for you to either take a few days off for the sake of some diving in your local area, or to finally book the holiday you’ve been dreaming of in an exotic dive destination, on a live aboard or in a dive resort.

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How will the production authenticate that images were taken during the World ShootOut?

On November 6, participants who have reached semi-final stages of the judging process will be asked to submit RAW files for the purpose of legal validation. 

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How do I submit the images at the end of the competition?

Participants’ chosen images can be submitted to the competition throughout the months of January - November, 2016, and no later than November 1st, 2016


Registration must be completed prior to uploading images to the website. 

Please make sure you have internet access prior to November 1st, 2016 in order to be able to submit your images to the competition. Images submitted later than November 1st, 2016 will not be accepted.

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Is software editing permitted for images submitted to the competition?

Minor enhancements of photos using imaging software, such as color and contrast enhancements, are permitted. Image editing that alters the main content of the photo, such as moving, removing objects and/or implanting foreign elements, is not permitted.

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What file format should be used when submitting images to the competition?

Images submitted to any of the categories should be uploaded in JPEG format only. Each image must not exceed a file size of 500KB.

Participants reaching semi-final stages during the judging process will be asked to send the selected images in both RAW and JPEG formats using any of the online download services ( DropBox , Jambo Mail, Wet Transfer, Hightail and others ).

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May I “tickle” the fish?

No, the well being of the environment is important to all of us. Please make sure to follow environmental regulations and to protect the underwater world while producing your images. Furthermore, images that introduce an environmental manipulation will not be accepted.

Participants are obligated to follow environmental conservation regulations and to share respect for the underwater world during the process of taking images, wherever they might be diving. Be advised that any damage to the protected underwater world, including the disruption of the natural habitat of creatures, provocation through touching, feeding or annoying, is prohibited by law and will disqualify the images or the photographer.

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When will I find out if I’m a lucky winner?

All World Shoot-Out winners and nominees will be announced on a festive winning ceremony which takes place on Friday, January 27, 2017, at the BOOT Düsseldorf dive show in Germany.


This ceremony will also be hosting the judging phase of the Underwater Photography Global Championship, where teams will be scored by the judges in live.


The event will be live broadcasted on YouTube and on the competition website. A list featuring all winners and nominees will also be uploaded to the competition website.


Photographers are all invited to the BOOT Düsseldorf Dive show, which takes place in in Dusseldorf, Germany, on January 21-29, 2017, and to take part in the winning ceremony . However, World ShootOut participants who do not make it to the winning ceremony will simply receive their prizes by mail and post.

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How and when can I register to the Wolrd ShootOut competition?

Competition registration is carried out by filling in the Registration Form.

Note that Competition registration deadline is: November 1st, 2016.

Earlybird Registration (no later than August 30th, 2016) entitles the participant to submit a free additional set of images in each category the participant has registered to.

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How does my team register to the U/W Photo Global Championship?

One of the photographers should register the whole team through the category's registration form.

Payment is carried out upon registration.

In the registration form, please provide the names of all other photographers in the team.

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Where should I shoot my video clip?

A video clip of up to 150 seconds taken anytime and anywhere in the world should be submitted to the video clip category.

Yes, even videos taken and edited in the past can be submitted!

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