Advances in technology are rapidly making the joys of underwater photography available to just about any diver. But capturing a prize-winning image takes so much more than a grasp of the tools. A keen eye is only the beginning: To create images that challenge the mind and touch the heart — of readers and our panel of 10 judges, who sorted through nearly 700 submissions this year — takes a special way of seeing and intuiting the world around us. Take a look and enjoy!
Our 10th Annual Photo Competition begins Oct. 1. It’s open to all levels of underwater photographers, and you have until May 1, 2014, to enter. For categories and official rules, go to scubadiving.com/photocontest.
Prizes [Through Your Lens]
Scuba Diving magazine would like to thank our 2013 contest donors, without whom these prizes would not be possible.
Our winner will spend seven nights diving from a luxury live-aboard plying the famed Andaman, Similan or Phi Phi Islands.
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Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas
Our winner and a guest will enjoy five days of two-tank morning dives with one of the Bahamas biggest and best dive operators, with the chance to visit legendary spots like Shark Ally or the James Bond wrecks.
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Our winner and a guest will be treated to an all-inclusive five days and four nights at the four-star Hotel Cozumel & Resort, including three days of two-tank morning dives and two days of one-tank afternoon dives.
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Aqua Cat Cruises
Our winner will experience a week in the Exumas, the most pristine area of the Bahamas, diving shark feeds to blue holes, high-speed drifts, walls and shallow patch reefs during a seven-night cruise for one aboard Aqua Cat Cruises.
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Deep Blue Resort, Utila
Our winner will enjoy seven nights plus diving at all-inclusive PADI Five Star IDC Deep Blue Resort on the Bay Island of Utila, perfectly situated for unlimited shore diving, with a reef that starts at the shoreline, and the chance of whale sharks passing nearby.
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The SCUBAPRO MK25/S600 regulator, an easy breather under normal conditions, offers tremendous reserve capacity for extreme diving.
||Second Place Divers
The Cressi MC9/Compact reg and octo set, with its mini first stage and featherlight second stages, is an ideal package for traveling divers.
||Second Place Behavior
The Mares Instinct 12S regulator and Dragon BC team a hydrodynamically shaped breather with on of the most comfortable and stable BCs around.
||Second Place Wide-Angle
The Aqua Lung Legend LX regulator's overbalanced first stage and pneumatically balanced second stage delivers top breathing performance.
||Third Place All Categories
A $200 gift certificate to Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo, the world's leading supplier for underwater imaging equipment.