September 18-20th, 2015 • Over $20,000 worth of prizes
Bluewater Photo is excited to announce the 5th annual SoCal Shootout, happening September 18-20th, 2015. This weekend long competition brings together underwater photographers of all levels throughout Southern California. Starting Friday morning and spanning through Sunday night, participants have the opportunity to shoot photos in the Pacific Ocean anywhere south of Pt. Conception to north of the Mexican border to be eligible. Continuing into its 5th year, entry for the competition is still only $40.
Those interested in participating can sign up online. Entrants can enter up to 8 photos or three video entries, or a mix of the two. Please see the website for complete information and rules.
Grand prizes include Aquatica Digital with a free mirrorless housing and port, a Sea of Cortez trip on the Rocio del Mar liveaboard, free stay and diving with Aiyanar Beach & Dive Resort, several strobes from Sea & Sea Underwater Imaging and travel vouchers from Bluewater Travel.
Gold sponsors include a stay and diving with the Cortez Club in La Paz, a diving package from Maluku Divers in Indonesia, an iTorch Venom 50 video light with wired remote, several free trip vouchers from Channel Islands Dive Adventures and gear certificates from Bluewater Photo.
Silver level sponsors include Ikelite, Light & Motion, Fix Neo, Ultralight, Truth Aquatics and the Peace Dive Boats.
New Categories, Something for Everyone!
The SoCal Shootout is designed for photographers of all levels with a variety of categories to enter including separate categories for different camera formats, such as compact vs dSLR. This year’s contest brings a small restructuring to our categories, introducing two new mirrorless categories due to the popularity of this camera format. We will continue to have our Edited Video category which offers entrants to submit a short video narrative composed of multiple shots and added audio or music.
We are excited to have professional underwater photographers Mark Strickland and Andy Sallmon back for this year’s competition, judging the entries along with Bluewater Photo owner and professional underwater photographer Scott Gietler.