Prizes and Sponsors


At the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition we believe that it is the prizes that money cannot buy (the international publicity we give our winners) that makes our awards uniquely attractive. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have some stonking prizes from the top names in the diving industry. We are very proud to be working with our sponsors and are most grateful to their support of UPY.

We avoid listing the value of our prizes (except for vouchers) as we want our winners to choose the prizes that they most want. Voucher values are given in either GB Pounds, Euros or US Dollars, depending on the origin of the sponsor.

Prize allocation for 2017:

  • The Underwater Photographer of the Year will receive the top prize, a $5000 USD voucher from Nauticam, redeemable against Nauticam products at any of their dealers worldwide.
  • The two Compact Camera categories (Compact and British Waters Compact) have their own dedicated prize-pools (see below) and winning images will not accrue 'points' towards the overall prizes.
  • All other prizes will be given on a 'points-make-prizes' basis as has been the case in previous years, with each photographer only receiving one prize (except for the Compact categories, see above).
  • Every single entrant will receive a discount code for 40% off SmugMug services for new accounts for 1 year (this voucher will be emailed to all entrants once the winners have been announced).
  • Please note: unless stated otherwise, physical prizes will incur the cost of postage & import duty (if applicable). Vouchers have no cash value and cannot be exchanged for cash.
  • Full terms and conditions of prizes still to be added.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for future UPY competitions, then please get in touch via our contact form.


Compact category prizes:

  • Winner: $500 USD Backscatter voucher.
  • Runner Up: £200 GBP Scuba Travel voucher plus the complete back catalogue of Underwater Photography magazine.
  • 3rd: SmugMug Portfolio plan plus the complete back catalogue of Underwater Photography magazine.

British Waters Compact category prizes:

  • Winner: £350 GBP Cameras Underwater voucher.
  • Runner Up: Focus Visuals Lightroom Course, £75 GBP Magic Filter voucher plus the complete back catalogue of Underwater Photography magazine.
  • 3rd: SmugMug Portfolio plan plus the complete back catalogue of Underwater Photography magazine.

The UPOTY 2017 Full Prize List

Nauticam

$5000 voucher for the Underwater Photographer of the Year.
http://www.nauticam.com/

Scuba Travel

1 x boat only Red Sea liveaboard holiday.
£400 GBP holiday voucher.
2x £200 GBP holiday vouchers, one of which is allocated to the 2nd placed photographer in the (international) Compact category.
5x £100 GBP holiday vouchers.

http://www.scubatravel.com/

Aiyanar Resort, Anilao, Philippines

7 Day 6 Night Package with 3 Dives a day for 5 Days.
http://www.aiyanar.com/
Single occupancy Casita accommodation. 5 days diving, 3 dives per day, the photographer will be joined in a group if that is possible. FREE NITROX. Full Board Meals
Exclusions: Round Trip Airport Transfer at USD270 per van.Marine Park Fees at PHP200 per diving day.

Ocean Frontiers, Grand Cayman

5 Nights at Compass Point Dive Resort in the Cayman Islands with 4 days of diving with Ocean Frontiers.
https://oceanfrontiers.com/
Not included: car rental, meals, flights or gratuities. Valid for 12 months, blackout dates may apply.

Acacia Resort, Anilao, Philippines

7 day, 6 night stay in a suite with 10 dives.
http://www.acaciadive.com/

Blue O Two

1 week Red Sea liveaboard (boat only).
http://www.blueotwo.com/
Boat space must be booked aboard either M/Y blue Horizon, M/Y blue Melody, M/Y blue Fin, or M/Y Red Sea Adventurer. The space includes full board accommodation on one of those fleet vessels for 7 nights. The prize does not include flights or transfers, and they will also need a VISA.

SIREN FLEET

€1500 Euro voucher.
http://sirenfleet.com
For use against any liveaboard trip with Siren Fleet including their luxury diving yachts in Raja Ampat, Komodo, Philippines, Palau and Fiji.

Master Liveaboards

€1500 Euro Voucher.
http://www.masterliveaboards.com
For use against any liveaboard trip Master Liveaboards including in Galapagos, French Polynesia, Maldives, Bahamas and Red Sea.

Club Paraiso Resort, Macatan, Philippines

$1000 USD Voucher.
http://www.pcomdream.com/Pcome.html

Sindbad Dive Club, Aqaba, Jordan

5 days diving only package for two people.
3 days diving only package for two people.

https://en-gb.facebook.com/Sindbad.Dive.Club
Daily Diving (Two dives day – Boat Dives). Nitrox free of charge upon availability. Lunch, soft drink and hot drinks on our facilities (Berenice Beach Club). Transfer from/to hotel.

Agulhas House, South Africa

7 Nights full board + diving for 2 people.
http://agulhashouse.com/
2 divers in double or twin room. 7 Nights full board. All transfers. 8 reef / wreck dives. 2 baited shark dives. Cylinders, weights and nitrox. Wifi

The Junk Liveaboard, Thailand

6 night Liveaboard trip on the Junk in Thailand.
http://www.thejunk.com/

Backscatter, USA

$500 USD voucher for the Winner of the (international) Compact category.
Plus another $500 USD voucher.

http://www.backscatter.com/

Fisheye, Japan

$600 USD voucher.
http://www.fisheye-jp.com/en/en_top.html

Suunto, UK

Suunto Eon Steel, engraved with winner’s name.
http://www.suunto.com/en-GB/

Mike’s Dive Store, UK

£500 GBP voucher.
Mike’s Dive Store - https://www.mikesdivestore.com/
Valid for 1 year.

APEKS/AQUALUNG

XTX200 Stage 3 regulator.
http://www.apeksdiving.com/uk/

Cameras Underwater, UK

£350 GBP voucher for the Winner of the British Waters Compact Category.
http://www.camerasunderwater.co.uk
To be spent on extending or upgrading the winner’s underwater camera kit. (excludes gopro & accessories)

G-Technology, International

3 x ATC USB drives.
http://www.g-technology.com/

SmugMug

2x Portfolio plans for 1 year; awarded to the 3rd placed photographers in the British Waters Compact category and the (international) Compact category.
Plus a 40% discount code for all new accounts given to every entrant of the competition.

https://www.smugmug.com/

Magic Filters

£100 GBP voucher.
£75 GBP voucher (awarded to the 2nd place British Waters Compact category).
£50 GBP voucher for any of the Magic Filter products.

http://www.magic-filters.com/

Focus Visuals

Space on a Lightroom training course for 1 person.
http://www.focusvisuals.com/
Training given in Bournemouth, UK, and excludes travel or accommodation. Valid for 1 year.

Underwater Photography Magazine

10x complete back catalogue. 4 of which will be awarded to the 2nd and 3rd placed photographers in the British Waters Compact category and the (international) Compact category.
http://www.uwpmag.com/

Alex Mustard & Callum Roberts

2x Secrets of the Seas.
http://www.amustard.com/
Nauticam

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