World Shootout 2023 winners unveiled

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World Shootout 2023 winners unveiled

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The winners of the prestigious World Shootout 2023 underwater photography competition were announced this weekend, captivating audiences at the world's largest diving and water sports exhibition in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Hundreds of photographers from 54 countries competed across nine categories, pushing the boundaries of creativity and technical skill.

Grand Prize Winners:

  • Picture of the Year: Spanish photographer Eduardo Acevedo "secured" the top Honor with the prestigious prize the “boot Dusseldorf Director’s Prize, earning an Andromeda statuette and a €2,000 cash prize.
  • Best 5 Images Portfolio: Luc Rooman from Belgium triumphed in this category, winning a dream 4-week diving trip for two to Papua New Guinea, valued at $18,900.
  • Amateur Photographer: Alexandra Ceurvorst from the USA impressed the judges with her talent, taking home the 1,000 € cash prize award.

Celebrating Diversity and Innovation:

This year's competition saw 11,680 entries from 964 photographers, showcasing a remarkable spectrum of skills and perspectives. 

From the intricate wonders of Macro photography to the beauty of "Black Water", the "Underwater Fashion" category added a touch of artistry and innovation, while the ever-important " Environmental & Conservation" category served as a powerful reminder of the need to protect these fragile ecosystems.

Looking Ahead: AI and Ocean Conservation:

World Shootout founder and producer David Pilosof unveiled an exciting addition for the 2024 competition: this year the Environmental category will be focusing on the impact of plastic on our oceans and future. This category will embrace the potential of AI or other editing software as a tool to amplify the conservation message. 

Entrants will submit campaigns of three original underwater photographs dealing with plastic pollution, along with their final AI assistance processing. This innovative approach encourages artistic expression while raising awareness about a critical environmental issue.

Explore the Stunning Collection:

Discover the complete album of competition entries by clicking here: 
[Link to album]