The WORLD SHOOTOUT is a worldwide photo competition where amateur and professional photographers submit photos in 12 categories of snapshots under and above water. The international jury selects 10 photos from all entries, from which boot director Petros Michelidakis chooses the picture of the year.
A sharks dissecting his way through a crowd of fishes. Photographer: Tanya Houppermans from USA
A diver underwater. Photographer: Damir Zurub from Croatia
A mysterious underwater world. Photographer: Martin Broen from USA
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the winning photography will be announced digitally this year! Among the entries, photographs and snapshots from the photographers' archives were also allowed to be submitted for the first time. The digital award ceremony will take place on January 29, 2022, starting at 7:30 p.m. on the Underwater Photo Competition Facebook channel.
Fascinating contrasts. Photographer: Wojciech Dopierala from Poland
Young galleyfish in a fire jellyfish. Photographer: Lars Oliver Michaelis from Germany
Stunning underwater creature. Photographer: Lorenzo Mittiga from Italy
The story of the competition
More than 16 years ago, the competition was held for the first time under the direction of David Pilosof. Over the years, the contest became more and more popular and became the leading event for underwater photography - with candidates from all over the world. Meanwhile, the photo contest is considered the number one event in underwater photography circles of amateur and professional photographers and is referred to in internal circles as the "Olympics of underwater photography".
Dark giant grouper surrounded by fish. Photographer: Tom Shlesinger from Israel
Underwater you can watch a lot of different sea animals. Photographer: Gabriella Luongo from Italy
Gulls foraging for food. Photographer: Allen Walker from South Africa