Lens Beyond Ocean submission deadline extended

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the dates of the Malaysia International Dive Expo (MIDE) have been changed to 4 – 6 December 2020. As a result, the final submission date for the Lens Beyond Ocean (LBO) international photo competition, which is hosted by MIDE, has been extended to 1 November 2020.

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The LBO international photo competition, now in its tenth year, keeps on getting bigger and bigger, having drawn entries from over 850 underwater photographers around the globe as well as sponsors providing US$25,000 in high-quality prizes. These include dive travel packages to some of the top dive destinations in Asia to top-end dive gear and camera equipment, which participants can look forward to competing for in the contest.


This year’s judges include renowned underwater photographers Tobias Friedrich of Germany, Jason Isley of the United Kingdom/Sabah and Nurul Yazid of Malaysia.

Be a winner

If you are a diver, passionate about sharing your underwater images and experiences, LBO offers a great chance for you to show off your talent. First and second place winners will be selected in each of seven categories, including: Macro, Wide-Angle, Portfolio, Compact Camera, Creative, Freediving, and 3-Minute Video. Judges will also select images for honorable mention as “Memorable Pictures.”

Showcase of winning entries

Winners will be announced on Friday, 27 November 2020, and awarded prizes on MIDE’s main stage on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. In addition, all winning images will be on display in the foyer, and winning videos showcased on the main stage’s big screen, during MIDE from 4 – 6 December 2020 at the World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

Submission deadline

The final date is 1 November 2020.

Call for sponsors

The benefits to your business or organization in sponsoring the event or donating prizes is expansive international exposure, as your logo will be included on all print and online promotions and collateral. Your company or group will also be listed as a sponsor on the Lens Beyond Ocean website, with a link to your organization’s website. In addition, your logo and brand will be present and promoted on social media, the Lens Beyond Ocean gallery banner and the venue banner on display during MIDE 2020.


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