EDA’s Underwater Photography and Film Competition
Submissions Opened: Sunday, 6th January 2019 | Submissions Close: Sunday, 28th April 2019 @ 11:59pm (Gst)

Digital Online’s Main Objectives Are:
To develop the human interaction with the underwater environment and highlight the beauty of its flora and fauna.

To gather information on the number of underwater photographers in the UAE (both professional and amateur).

To discover new promising underwater photographers in the UAE.

Digital Online is open to all photographers and videographers of all skill levels with a valid EDA Membership status. EDA membership must be renewed if expired or acquired in order to take part.

Digital Online 2009-2019
Digital Online will be celebrating its 10thAnniversary! The competition was realised in 2009 when there were no other underwater photography competitions existing in the UAE at the time. Digital Online was introduced by EDA for resident photographers to develop a relationship and human interaction amongst those unfamiliar with the underwater world environment. The competition holds both local and international marine life categories to offer variety between our local and international diving enthusiasts.

The film category was introduced as an extension to the competition in 2012 to share our underwater world through motion pictures and deliver a better understanding of the habitats and surroundings.

The event, now going into its 10th year, sees the continuous and steady growth of new underwater photographers taking part and joining our regular yearly participants. The enthusiasm and passion strive on, and the drive to bring our underwater world’s conservation to the forefront increases over time. The purpose of Digital Online is to keep our underwater world visible by displaying its hidden beauties and to exemplify its importance to all life on Earth through the powers of its ecosystems.

The event has attained equal success with the non-divers who come to support the participating photographers and videographers at the Awards and Exhibition Opening Night. Whether it’s through discussion or articles brought to our readers through our free quarterly magazine, Divers for the Environment, the inspiration the event brings is a success in its own right.

COMPETITION CLAUSE
EDA does not disclose photographers’ names during the judging process. The competition is run fairly and without prejudice, professionally adhering to all of Digital Online’s rules and guidelines throughout.

Rules and Guidelines can be found here:
https://bit.ly/2OWELOH

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