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Photo credit: Winner UNDERWATER! 2021 © Mauro Barberis ‘Fever’

As part of Ocean Festival 2022, we invited new, emerging and established underwater photographers to enter our annual UNDERWATER! 2022 photo competition.

Entries have now closed.

People's Choice Award: Voting closes Monday 28 November, midnight. Vote now.

We are pleased to announce our co-sponsor of this event is NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Prize-winning categories

The $4,000 prize pool will be shared across the following categories:

  • Best Overall
  • Underwater Seacapes (Wide Angle)
  • Faces From Our Five Aquatic Reserves
  • Marine Animal Behaviour
  • Macro Marine Life
  • Youth (16 - 24 yrs)
  • People's Choice



Eligible entries will be assessed by a panel of qualified judges.

The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. All winners will be announced on Monday 5 December by 9.30pm.

The judges reserve the right to not award a prize should there be insufficient entries.

All prizes will be awarded on the advice of the judges, with the exception of the People’s Choice Awards.

Peoples’ Choice Award voting will be online, anyone may vote. Voting opens 6am on 23 November 2022 and closes midnight on 28 November 2022. The entrant who receives the most online votes wins the People’s Choice Award and no correspondence will be entered into.