On Saturday 24th October, the alliance of brands – Blue O Two, Master Liveaboards, Siren Fleet and the Junk - announced the winners of their first amateur photography competition. Entitled, DIVING LIFE, it had two categories: Underwater Photograph and Divers Lifestyle Photograph. An overall winner was chosen from the two category winners and received the title: Diving Life Photographer of the Year 2020. A calendar of the winning photographs is being produced and will be released for sale in the coming weeks.
The team was blown away by the response they had to the competition. Entries came in from all over the world. When they launched the competition, it was in part to lift the mood, spreading some joy among the Covid gloom. The idea was to remind divers of wonderful past experiences and to dream of those they will have again. Given the engagement from the global diving world and the standard of entries, the competition will now be annual.
From the hundreds of entries, there was an initial shortlist of 50 images. Each category had 2nd and 3rd places, alongside several runners up. The overall winner has a Liveaboard trip to Egypt to look forward to, the title of ‘Diving Life Photographer of the Year 2020’ and an assortment of Blue O Two goodies. Both category winners will receive a copy of their photograph printed on canvas, a copy of the Diving Life Calendar 2020 and a selection of branded goodies. The runners up will have their image printed in the calendar and will receive a free copy.