How to Enter

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Please email a hi-res copy of your photo to:

Subject line: S of C comp.

Plus the normal info such as:

  • Entry Name: your name
  • Country / State: where you're from, not the photo
  • Email Address:
  • Your URL: website or insta
  • Image Name:
  • Image Location: 
  • Photographic Equipment Used: **camera make and model**, lighting, housing etc
  • Image Details: f-stop, shutter speed, ISO etc
  • Any extra details you want to share!

Limit: 3 entries per photographer


  1. New Zealand or Australian residents only may enter as of 2021.
  2. Images should be in good taste with respect for the environment (no harming of wildlife).
  3. Images must be taken underwater (either fully or at least partially submerged) with a digital or film camera.
  4. Images with watermarks cannot be judged. Remember that judging is blind so putting your name on an image effectively disqualifies you!
  5. You must own the copyright and must have taken the image you submit.
  6. You may edit or enhance your images with a view to improving their quality while maintaining a natural appeal; any manipulation should be noted in your comments.
  7. Uploaded photos should be of highest possible quality. For winning images we may request a higher quality version for print.
  8. If you have any queries or need to alter an entry, email
  9. You can upload a maximum of three photos per contest; there is no entry fee.
  10. Important: If you have won the Novice Category twice then you must upgrade to entering the Advanced Category, ie you are ineligible to continue entering the Novice Category. You cannot split your entries between the two categories.
  11. Please complete your contact details accurately so we may contact you if you win.
  12. Permission to publish your entry in Dive New Zealand/Dive Pacific magazines both print and digital as well as on the Dive New Zealand and the Sea Tech websites in relation to the competition is assumed but no entry will be sold or used for purposes outside of the competition and its promotion without the express permission of the entrant.
  13. Images submitted can be used without notification and free of any charges when used for promotional purposes by Sea Tech Ltd.
  14. Previous issue's winning images are available for viewing online.
  15. You have to be in to win; the competition and prizes will not grow if you don’t participate and best of all, it’s free, so have fun and good luck!