During the last 15 years of successive underwater photo competitions, the World Shootout has discovered the best emerging talent in underwater photographers from around the world - and awarded them with prestigious prizes (including $262,000 in cash).

First Macro prize went to Isoon Tepsaskul from Thailand

We’re searching the globe for early-career underwater photographers who demonstrate great promise and creative vision; artists and storytellers who are ready to step into the spotlight and play the important role of delivering the magic, the beauty - and sometimes stress - of the world underwater.

Italian Team with Isabella Maffei, Alessandro Grasso and Flavio Vailati won the Global Championship 2018 category
November 1st is the deadline for 2019 registration and submitting images For 2019 we have
9 categories including Amateurs with free registration, the Global Championship category
which 3 Photographers from the same country can team up independently and submit 6 images,
Black Water, our new category, Best picture of the year, Our judge's panel will select 10 outstanding images from all of this year submissions. Mr. Petros Michelidakis the director of boot Dusseldorf show will select the best picture of the year, to be announced during the ceremony on January 25th 2020

Virginia Salzedo from Italy winning  the “Andromeda” statue “boot Dusseldorf Director’s Prize”
All World ShootOut winners and nominees will be announced on a festive winning ceremony which takes place at the boot Düsseldorf dive show in Germany, January 25, 2020.

Award winning ceremony takes place at the boot Düsseldorf dive show

Single Registration Double Chance to Win!
This year, UW photographers from Asia - ADEX BEIJING, USA, Germany,
Italy, France, Israel who register and submit images to any of
World ShootOut 2019 categories are automatically enrolled in the
Photographer of the Year 2018 competition*!
While no additional registration or submission fees are required, your
chances of winning great prizes for your images were just doubled!

Simon Lorenz was announce as German Photographer of the Year 2018
Winners of Photographer of the Year 2019 will be announced as following:
Asia - ADEX BEIJING , July 12-14, 2019 (already done for 2019)
Israel - Haifa film festival, September 25, 2019
• France – Paris Dive Show (Salon de la Plongee), January 11th , 2020
• Germany – boot Dusseldorf fair, January 26th, 2020
• USA - boot Dusseldorf fair, January 26th, 2020
• Italy – European Dive Show (EUDI), March 1-3, 2020
Amazing prizes and great national pride await the winners!
If you’re a resident of any of the countries below, please click here to review the prizes and local competition rules.