Underwater Photo Contests to Enter Today

Underwater Photo Contests to Enter Today

Underwater Photo Contests to Enter Today

Photo contests provide excellent opportunities, not just for prize money and exposure, they're also a great tool for self-improvement. Whether you're a seasoned pro or you're just looking to dip your toes into the waters of photo contests, we've got you covered. Use this list of available contests, and start getting rewarded for all your hard work. 


National Wildlife Photo Contest

National Wildlife Photo Contest

Submission Deadline March 27, 2022

The National Wildlife Photo Contest began over 50 years ago and continues to celebrate the impact photography can have on conservation. There are nine categories for entry with a first place prize award of $5,000. Learn more here.


Octographer Contest 

"The Octographer" Octopus Photography Competition

Submission Deadline April 1, 2022 at 5:00pm EST

The Explorer's Club and OctoNation are joining forces to sponsor the first global octopus photo competition. This is an open and free competition with four categories and four submissions available per photographer. Learn more here

 World Oceans Day Photography Competition 2022

Dive Photo Guide Presents United Nations World Oceans Day 2022 Photography Competition 

Submission Deadline April 15, 2022 at 12 midnight EST

This is an open and free photo competition, its ultimate goal is to raise awareness about underwater ethics. Winning images will be presented at the United Nations during the World Oceans Day on June 8th. Learn more here


American Landscape Contest

The American Landscape 2022 

Submission Deadline May 31, 2022 

Outdoor Photographer presents its 11th annual The American Landscape photo competition. Looking for some underwater landscape tips? Check this article out. Then, learn more about the photo contest here.


Scuba Diving Magazine Photo Contest

Through Your Lens Photo Contest

Submission Deadline June 3, 2022 at 11:59pm EST

Scuba Diving magazine is back with their 2022 Through Your Lens Photo Contest. With four categories open for entry, prizes range from a trip on an Aggressor Liveabord to regulators and camera equipment. Learn more here


San Diego Film Exhibition

23rd Annual San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition 

Submission Deadline June 15, 2022

Calling all underwater filmmakers! Submit up to two films per videographer for a chance to be featured at the first in-person SDUFEX in three years. Learn more about the exhibition here.


ND Awards

ND Awards

Submission Deadline Early April 24, 2022, Final September 18, 2022

The ND Awards present a great opportunity for both professional and amateur photographers. With a variety of categories to submit your work, you'll have a chance at prize money and publication. Check out ND Award winning Ikelite ambassador Charlotte Bories. Then learn more here.


Comedy Wildlife Photo ContestComedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Submission Deadline September 1, 2022

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is a free competition open to photographers of all skill levels. Started in 2015, this photo competition aims to highlight both the hilarity of nature and the increasing need for sustainability and environmental protections. Learn more here.


Monochrome Awards

Monochrome Awards 

Submission Deadline Early July 3, 2022, Final November 13, 2022

Do you love black and white photography? This is the competition for you. There are a range of categories available for submission, with the only rule being that all images must be black and white. Need some tips? Check out this Black and White Conversion for Underwater Photography Article. Then learn more about the Monochrome Awards here


Life FramerLife Framer Photo Competitions

Submission Deadline end of each month

Life Framer photo competitions are excellent because they provide a new opportunity each month with interesting photo prompts. Upcoming competition categories: Colors, Home Sweet Home, and Youthhood. Learn more here.


Need Inspiration? 

Check out these recent contest winners and keep your eyes peeled for new photo contest entry dates.

Ocean Art Photo Contest

Ocean Art Photo Competition

Underwater Photography Guide will present its Ocean Art 2022 winners in September 2022. With 13 categories and over $35,000 in prizes from a variety of sponsors, this competition is always a hit. Check out previous winners here


HUFF Film Festival

Houston Underwater Film Festival

The Houston Underwater Photographic Society is a non-profit organization that presents this competition aimed specifically at underwater videographers. Learn more about their film festival here.

  Nature Conservancy Photo Contest

The Nature Conservancy's Global Photo Contest

The Nature Conservancy offers a number of different photo contests from age-specific to seasonal-specific. Check out their 2021 winners here and browse their website for additional contests too.


Nat Geo Photo Contest 
National Geographic Photo Contests

National Geographic photo competitions are ones you don't want to miss. From Instagram to travel photo contests, the Nat Geo name holds a lot of clout. Check out their previous winners here.


Additional Reading

Competition | Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea 2019

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2018 Roatán Underwater Photo Fest Trip Report

Behind the Shots: 2020 Underwater World Shootout Finalists

British Photography Awards 2020 Shortlist