Organised by DivePhotoGuide.com and Wetpixel.com, the 11th edition of the Underwater Competition Series is returning in 2016 with over a whopping USD100,000 worth of prizes at stake.

Launched on 20 November 2015, the series – which comprises Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia – features 13 categories that are aimed at shooters of all levels, ranging from compact camera users to professional wildlife photographers. Prizes up for grabs include the latest underwater photography equipment and trips to some of the world’s best dive resorts and on the most well-known liveaboards.

For 2016, the judging panel will include a stellar lineup of industry experts, namely award-winning photographers Keri Wilk, Alex Mustard, Berkley White, Amanda Cotton, Daniel Botelho, and Aaron Wong, as well as editors Joe Tepper of DivePhotoGuide.com, Abi Smigel Mullens of Wetpixel.com and our very own Alice Grainger of Scuba Diver AUSTRALASIA and Asian Diver.

Winners of the Our World Underwater competition will be announced at the Our World Underwater Exhibition on 26 February 2016, and winners of the DEEP Indonesia competition will be announced on 31 March 2016. All winning entries will be showcased at their respective shows.

According to organisers DivePhotoGuide.com and Wetpixel.com, 15 percent of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.

For more information, visit the Underwater Competition Series’ official website.