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Entry & Rules

Instruction & ENTRY FEES 

  • This competition is open to any female underwater photographer residing in Australia or New Zealand. Exceptions include all Liquid Lens staff, judges and families of staff and judges.

  • Entry Fee for the 2021 competition is FREE! You will be able to enter up to 5 images of your choice by entering one per category or spread them out as you wish, i.e. you can enter 3 for one category and have two spots left to be used on any other category of your choice. You can also submit less than 5 images too.

  • If you have questions, you can email: info@liquidlens.com.au

Submission of Images

  • Submitting images- is a three step process:

  • Please register your images and information via the link provided here.


  • Images need to be sent to info@liquidlens.com.au via Wetranfer

  • Each image digital file must be named using the following title: Name_LastName_CATEGORY_photo number

Example: Jane-Smith_Freediving_1 / Jane-Smith_Freediving_2 / Jane-Smith_Freediving_3

  • Registration and entries must be received by July 31st, 2022 - the closing date of the competition.

  • If you have questions, you can email: info@liquidlens.com.au

Contest Rules Overview

  • Liquid Lens pledges to run this contest ethically and with utmost integrity.

  • Judges will not see image titles or any other references to photographers.

  • Images submitted with watermarks will be automatically disqualified.

  • Photos must be submitted with our online entry form. If you have difficulties, please email info@liquidlens.com.au

  • All photographers must be female and all types of underwater photographers are eligible, including amateur, semi-pro, and professional.

  • All images must be, or have been, taken after January 2018.

  • Photos taken as a result of harassment to marine life that could be harmful to the subject can and will be disqualified at the judges' discretion. This can include gear dragging, kicking up sand or poor buoyancy control.

  • All subjects must be alive and in their natural environment. No captive animals will be considered and no entrapment, or previous entrapment of any kind is permissible.

  • All photos must be taken in a natural body water environment like an ocean, cave, mangrove, lake, pool, etc. The only exception is the Art Category, which can be done at an artificial pool. No aquariums allowed

  • You must have been in the water when taking the photo (i.e. no pole cam shots). Over-under and split-shots are accepted.

  • Entrants must be 15 years of age or older
    Note: If a winner is under the age of 18, we will need parental/guardian consent to confirm usage of the image during the competition, if the photo is selected as one of the winners.

  • Submission of images in the Liquid Lens Underwater Photo Competition implies you have read, understood, and accepted all of the competition rules.

Photo Rights & Judging

  • All images are eligible regardless of past use. However, images that have not previously placed in a major international contest and have not been widely seen in publication are favored by our judges. 

  • Entrants, by submitting images, grant permission to Liquid Lens to use winning entries for the direct promotion of Liquid Lens photo contests, including but not limited to printing, publishing or to promote future events. All photo rights remain with the photographer. Any images used for this purpose online will include a watermark with ‘Liquid Lens’ and the photographer's name. We are not interested in taking any other rights for the photo, selling it, making a book out of it, etc. It’s your photo.

  • The judges and organisers’ decision on all matters relating to the competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Judges will be announced on the website closer to the event. 

  • Should the quality of entries fall below the standard required, the organisers reserve the right not to award prizes. 

  • Send any queries to info@liquidlens.com.au


  • This is a photography contest, not a Photoshop contest. Photoshop (or similar post-processing software) has become a necessary tool for processing images, but it is not a substitute for good photography.

  • Authenticity is paramount. Editing that enhances the photographer's original image is permitted as outlined below. Any editing that misrepresents the scene and original capture will not be accepted.

  • Note that there are no photoshop limits in the Art category - everything is acceptable. This category is designed to let your imagination fly. For this category only, you can disregard the editing rules below.


  • Global changes: colour temperature, brightness, contrast, minor dodge & burn, sharpening, saturation changes, tonal adjustments, colour balance adjustments, etc.

  • Rotation, flip and flop.

  • Limited removal of backscatter. This does not include adding any dust/scratches layers, removing divers, fish, bubbles, ropes or painting/burning the background of an image black.

  • Some cropping is allowed. Keep in mind that judges often look down on significant cropping.


  • No composite images (blending exposures in-camera or in post-processing, HDR, focus stacking, etc.), no cutting and pasting sections of other images, cloning or creating objects (i.e. adding divers, fish or glow to simulate a flashlight).

  • Excessive blurring, excessive darkening of background, excessive vignetting.

  • Original RAW files straight out of the camera will be requested from all finalists for auditing purposes, as well as a high-res .jpg. An entry may be disqualified if a RAW or original JPEG image is not available. We will be contacting photographers for the RAW and high-res images between the 22nd of August and the 28th of August, before our second round of judging begins.

File Specifications for Submission

  • Submitting images:

    • Each image digital file must be named using the following title: Name_LastName_CATEGORY_photo number

    • Example: Jane-Smith_Freediving_1 / Jane-Smith_Freediving_2 / Jane-Smith_Freediving_3

  • JPEG/JPG images only

  • At least 2500 pixels on the longest side

  • Maximum file size 5MB. If you are having trouble uploading your photos, please check your internet and reduce your file size.

  • sRGB color space is recommended

  • Watermarks NOT allowed. Watermarked images will be disqualified

  • Finalists will be asked to provide original RAW file and high JPGs for printing and exhibiting.

  • Winning images will need proof of date provided.

Winning Images & Awards

  • Winners and prize awards will be announced on September on the Liquid Lens’s homepage and social media channels (Facebook, Instagram).

  • Each category will allocate a 1st, 2nd and a 3rd place winning image. We strive to have a digital platform and a physical location where the winning images will be exhibited and we’re very excited to announce that the first Liquid Lens Underwater Photography Comp will be exhibited at Oztek 2022 which will be held at the Melbourne Conference & Exhibition Centre during October 1st- 2nd. These images will be displayed in the Public Area and don’t require to purchase a ticket for Oztek. Whoever, we do recommend attending this dive conference and details on it can be found here.

  • 1st Place will exhibit the winning image and two others* to make an underwater portfolio of their work plus an intro to their uw photography journey and any pertinent information relating to their underwater work.  Name of winner and info on the images to be displayed.

  • 2nd Place will exhibit the runner up image. Name of winner and info on the image to be displayed.

  • 3rd Place will exhibit the second runner up image. Name of winner and info on the image to be displayed.

  • * These additional images can fit in any of the five categories and raw files will also be checked to make sure that the images comply with the competition rules. The additional images can be chosen to fit a cohesive portfolio or can showcase a variety of disciplines and need to be submitted by September 11th 2022.

Feel Free to Get in Touch!

Any questions? Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have.

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