Open Class - Open to all participants with any type of camera and accessories. Published and professional photographers are automatically placed in this category.
Compact Class - The Compact Class is exclusive for participants using cameras without interchangeable lenses. Mirrorless, SLR, and all similar type cameras are not allowed in the Compact Class.
Macro/Supermacro - Any close-up photograph of small subjects and marine life
Marine Behavior – Photographs that feature any display of marine behavior such as feeding, breeding, etc.
Nudibranch – Nudibranchs should be the main subject of the photograph.
Fish Portrait – Photographs that prominently feature fish. Can be a face or full body shot.
Cephalopod – Photographs that feature squid, octopus, cuttlefish and similar animals.
DOT – PAL Photographer of the Year (Best in Show, Compact and Open Classes)
Two pools of winning photographs from each competition class will be made. Our panel of judges will choose one photograph from each pool and its photographer will be declared DOT-PAL Photographer of the Year for that Competition Class.
Blackwater and Bonfire – Photos that feature animals found and photographed by doing blackwater or bonfire dives. Blackwater dives are done in deeper waters away from shore with a down line fitted with lights to attract smaller animals that usually are not found in shallower waters. Bonfire dives use a similar approach with lights to attract the same animals, but in a shallower setting closer to shore.
GoPro/iPhone Special Beginners – A new category this year for participants who use GoPros, Smart phones or similar devices to shoot photographs underwater. Please note that submissions must still conform to general macro photography rules
Each category will have 3 winners; 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for both Open and Compact Classes, for a total of 30 regular category winners.
DOT-PAL Photographer of the Year will have 2 winners, one for both Open and Compact
Special Categories will have 1 winner each.
The Anilao Underwater Shootout follows an on-site shootout format. Only photos that are taken in the Mabini-Tingloy (Anilao) jurisdiction, from November 28 to December 1, 2017, shall be eligible for entry.
All photos must be taken in an open water environment. Photographs taken in artificial environments such as aquariums, pools and similar tanks shall be automatically disqualified.
Criteria for Judging
All entries will be judged according to the following criteria:
40% - Visual and Aesthetic (Framing, Composition, etc)
30% - Technical (Proper Exposure, Focus, DOF, Color, etc)
20% - Originality (Style, Vision and Execution)
10% - Content (Creature involved, Difficulty, Relevance)
Underwater Conduct and Marine Conservation
The competition will follow a strict ‘No Marine Life Manipulation’ policy. Any photographers found in the act or harassing, destroying or improperly handling marine life will be automatically disqualified from the competition. Mishandling and improper behavior includes, but is not limited to:
Improper handling and/or destruction of marine habitats
Marine life photographed out of their natural habitats
Marine life displaying unnatural behavior
Judges reserve the right to disqualify or question any submission on any entries that bear any trace of marine life manipulation.
Guides and spotters are also required to attend a safety briefing on the 27th of November 2017 at Acacia Resort and Dive Center. Participants not using any guides or spotters must register themselves as self-guided.
Reporting Untoward Behavior Underwater
Guides and participants will be issued ID tags to attach to their tanks and regulators for easy identification.
Any individuals wishing to file a complaint is requested to identify the erring participant and/or dive guide via the number on their ID tag and get in touch with the event organizers to lodge a formal complaint.
Please avoid direct confrontation, especially underwater.
Only minimal processing will be allowed for competition entries. Only global effects will be allowed with a minimum amount of cropping. Global effects include white balance, exposure compensation, brightness, saturation, contrast etc. Abovementioned changes may be applied from RAW to JPEG conversion via any RAW file editor.
Not allowed are: spot corrections, composite images, and cutting, cloning or healing any part of the image..
Please keep in mind that while some processing and cropping is allowed, excessive processing is generally looked down upon. Judges may request for accompanying RAW or original JPEG files for any questionable images.
Registration will be open everyday from 8AM to 5PM at Acacia Resort and Dive Center, from November 28 to December 1, 2017. All participants are required to personally complete registration and claim participant kits.
Registration fee of PhP1,500 or USD30.00 will be collected from every participant.
Kindly note that participants may not register as a dive guide/spotter and vice versa. If your guide has not already registered, please direct them to Acacia Resort and Dive Center at any time during the competition dates.
File Format and Specification
Submissions must follow the file name format and placed in a single folder.
Using the following codes:
OPN – Open Class
COM – Compact Class
MAC – Macro Category
MBE – Marine Behavior Category
NUD – Nudi Category
FSH – Fish Portrait Category
CEP – Cephalopods Category
SBG – Special Beginners
BLW – Blackwater