WORLD SHOOTOUT
Awarding Underwater Photographers with Prestigious Prizes
14 Years | 641 Winners | $262,000 Cash

RULES


Registering to the competition automatically implies the photographer’s agreement and acceptance of all competition rules
as set and stated by the competition production below.
 
2017 ShootOut Categories
1. 5 Best Images
2. Wide Angle
3. Macro & Super Macro
4. Amateurs
5. Fish & Fashion
6. Sharks
7. Underwater Photography Global Championship
8. Video Clips of the World

Competition registration is open!

Registration can be carried out until November 1st, 2017.
 
Participation Fees
Participation fees are as following:
5 Best Images - 35 Euro
Wide Angle - 25 Euro
Macro & Super-Macro - 25 Euro
Amateurs – Free registration for 1 set 
Fish & Fashion - 35 Euro
Sharks –  25 Euro
Underwater Photography Global Championship - 60 Euro
Underwater Video Clip – 45 Euro

Participation Fees Notes
Please note that up to 3 sets of images can be submitted to each of these categories,
and therefore each participant can register for up to 3 sets of images per category.
Submission fee for each category is listed on the section above.
Submission fee for each additional set of images (up to 3 sets) on each of the categories is 10 Euro.
Cancellation Policy: Any participant withdrawing from registration before October 2nd, 2017,will receive a full refund of submission fees.

 
Competition Images Submission

1. Images submitted to any of the categories should comply with all category requirements, as described in details on the specific category’s page.
2. Final images can be submitted until November 1st, 2017.
3. Images submitted to the competition should be uploaded through the competition website using the username and password provided upon registration.
    Images must be saved in jpeg format and should be sized up to be 2,000 pixels in the longest dimension and 72 DPI.
4. Participants reaching semi-final stages during the judging process will be asked to provide original image files in RAW and JPEG using any of the online transfer services. Note that these files are requested for validation purposes and participants who fail to provide these original files as requested will be disqualified.
 
Video Clips of the World
Video Clips submitted should comply with all category requirements, as described in details on the Video Clips category’s page.
Final videos can be submitted until November 1st, 2017.
Participants reaching semi-final stages during the judging process will be asked to send their HD video clip files to the production office using any of the online transfer services.
 
International Panel of Judges
The international jury panel for the 7 still-images categories includes:
Roni Sofer from Israel
Kurt Amsler from Switzerland
Kristin Wunderlich from Germany
Alberto Muro Pelliconi from Italy
Aaron Wong from Singapore
Ariel Fuches from France

The international jury panel for the Video Clip category includes:
Christian Petron from France
Edward Snijders from the Nederlands
Phil Simha from Switzerland
 
The decisions made by the jury panel are final in all aspects of the competition and may not be challenged.
 
General Rules
2017 ShootOut
1. Only images featuring a date stamp of November 2nd, 2016 - November 1st, 2017 will be accepted to the competition.
2. Competition registration and images submission must be completed through the competition website no later than Tuesday, November 1st, 2017.
3. Upon registering to the competition, each participant will receive a participation number, which later on should be used in order
to login and upload the images submitted to the competition.
5. All competition categories are open to all participants, aside from one exception, according to which images taken with DSLR
or Mirrorless camera systems cannot be submitted to the Amateurs category.
6. Images submitted to any of the categories should comply with all category requirements, as described in details on the specific category’s page.
7. Images submitted to the competition must be taken either underwater or half-half.
8. Participants must shoot in RAW format in addition to corresponding JPEG files (please consult with the organizers upon registration if this option is not available for you).
9. Minor editing of images using any imaging software is allowed. This includes color and contrast enhancements, backscatter removal, minor flaws fixes and background consolidation. Image editing that alters the main content of the image, such as moving, removing models and/or implanting foreign elements, is not permitted.
10. Any photo revealed as been altered will be disqualified and the photographer himself may also be disqualified. The organizers and the judges have the authority to determine whether a photo has been manipulated according to their judgment. The decision of the Jury to disqualify a photo or a photographer is final and indisputable.
11. Upon registering to the competition, each participant signs an environmental conservation commitment, according to which he/she are obligated to follow environmental conservation regulations and to share respect to the underwater world while shooting images or videos underwater. This applies to any participant, wherever they might be scuba diving, free diving or snorkeling. As per this commitment, the photographer understands that he/she are the only one responsible for their behavior underwater while capturing images. Any damage to the protected underwater world, including the disruption of the natural habitat of creatures, provocation through touching, feeding or annoying, is prohibited and might disqualify the images or the photographer. 
12. Participants who have reached semi-final stages will be asked to provide original image files in RAW and JPEG using any of the online transfer services. Note that these files are requested for validation purposes and participants who fail to provide these original files as requested will be disqualified.
13. The production is entitled to disqualify a participant who acts against the rules, is involved in undue conduct, has caused harm to another participant, acted in any way that is contradictory to the spirit of the competition, or for any other reason that the production team seems fit. The decision to remove a participant from the competition is final and indisputable, and does not entitle the participant to receive compensation or refund of any kind.
14. It is absolutely forbidden to submit images in the name of a photographer that hasn’t captured them. The competition is conducted individually and rules of ethics must be adhered to.
15. Legal issues of any kind, if result in lawsuits, shall be solely held at the Tel Aviv courthouse.
 
 Video Clips of the World
1. Video clips submitted to this category should be up to 150 second long, taken anytime and anywhere in the world.
2. At least 60% of video length should feature underwater footage or split photography (half/half).
3. Competition registration and video clip submission must be completed through the competition website no later than November 1st, 2017.
4. Upon registering to the competition, each participant will receive a participation number, username and password, which later on should be used in order to login and upload the images and videos submitted to the competition.
5. Once the video has been uploaded to YouTube channel, the participant should submit the video to the competition by filling in this form
     Videos submitted should comply with all category requirements, as described in details on the Video Clip category page.
6. Participants reaching semi-final stages during the judging process will be asked to send their HD video clip files to the production office using any of the online transfer services.
7. Upon registering to the competition, each participant signs an environmental conservation commitment, according to which he/she are obligated to follow environmental conservation regulations and to share respect to the underwater world while shooting images or videos underwater. This applies to any participant, wherever they might be scuba diving, free diving or snorkeling. As per this commitment, the photographer understands that he/she are the only one responsible for their behavior underwater while capturing images. Any damage to the protected underwater world, including the disruption of the natural habitat of creatures, provocation through touching, feeding or annoying, is prohibited and might disqualify the images or the photographer. 
8. The production is entitled to disqualify a participant who acts against the rules, is involved in undue conduct, has caused harm to another participant, acted in any way that is contradictory to the spirit of the competition, or for any other reason that the production team seems fit. The decision to remove a participant from the competition is final and indisputable, and does not entitle the participant to receive compensation or refund of any kind.
9. It is absolutely forbidden to submit videos in the name of a photographer that hasn’t captured them. The competition is conducted individually and rules of ethics must be adhered to.
10. Legal issues of any kind, if result in lawsuits, shall be solely held at the Tel Aviv courthouse.
 
  Prizes
The final list of prizes will be published on the competition website only on January 1st, 2018. Prizes published prior to this date may vary and cannot be considered as final.
Prizes are awarded to the winners in person and only the winners themselves are permitted to make use of them. It is prohibited to attempt selling prizes.
Dive safaris and trips awarded as prizes do not include air travel, taxes and other expenses, unless stated otherwise by the relevant sponsor.
Prizes do not include shipment and potential import tax fees in the respective home countries of participants.
For the sake of eliminating possible misunderstandings, at the time of the winning ceremony, only symbolic vouchers or letters will be awarded to the winners. The actual prize will be provided later on in accordance with the sponsor.

Use of Photographs
By enrolling the competition, participants agree that the submitted photos and videos in all categories may be used or reproduced for the media coverage of this event and for the promotion of future competitions in all media channels, including TV, Internet, written publications and more.
Competition organizers reserve the right to make use of images and videos submitted to the competition for the purpose of publishing a competition album, calendars, and any other use that promotes future competitions or found useful by the production.
Submitted materials shall indefinitely remain in the producers' archives without the requirement of further permission for usage.
Photo and video credits will be given to the photographer when applicable.
Submission of materials and participation in the competition entails an automatic acceptance of all the above.
Use of images as described above will require no additional written or verbal permissions from the photographer.

Rights of Materials
I hereby declare that I'm the rightful owner of all the copyrights to the aforementioned video/image. This video/image was produced by me, including the featured soundtrack, and I own the rights to sell, distribute, rent or broadcast it in any way or form, including private and commercial use, anywhere in the world. I declare that I will be liable for any damage, loss or expense that will result by using these materials according to my aforementioned declaration.
In case of images or videos featuring models, the photographer/videographer must have a signed model release, which permits World ShootOut to make use of these materials for promotion purposes in all media channels.
Signing the official competition registration form states the photographer’s agreement to the rules stated above. 
 
Personal Safety
Participants are responsible for their own safety and for the proper use of their diving and photography equipment. Divers must dive within the limits of their own dive certification level and according to the local diving regulations (remember to bring your dive certification and diving insurance along). Competition organizers and sponsors do not accept responsibility for the safety of participants during their diving activity, nor do they accept responsibility for any damage to personal equipment that may occur as a result of diving activities. Dive Safely!
 
Good Luck