Underwater photo contest

Peoples' Vote


A lonely preditor with a bad reputation.
By Susan Rajska
posted (6 days ago)
3 votes

Thecacera pacifica
By Julian Hsu
posted (6 days ago)
2 votes

Gymnodoris ceylonica spoted in Moorea - French Polynesia
By Joaquin Fregoni
posted (5 days ago)
2 votes

Juvenile yellow boxfish 
With Retra snoot 
F16.0 1/250 ISO100 
Anilao photo Academy
By Magali Marquez
posted (4 days ago)
2 votes

A mouth brooding fish, showing off his eggs
By Susan Rajska
posted (5 days ago)
1 votes

hiding
By Marc Van Den Broeck
posted (3 days ago)
1 votes

Spinyhead blenny with Retra snoot 
F20.0 1/250 ISO100 
Aguadilla Puerto Rico
By Magali Marquez
posted (3 days ago)
1 votes

Periclimenes imperator (Zenopontonia rex)
By Julian Hsu
posted (3 days ago)
1 votes

Peacock Mantis Shrimp carrying Eggs
Nikon D7200 
Sea&Sea YS-D2 with Retra snoot 
F18.0 1/250 ISO100
By Magali Marquez
posted (6 days ago)
0 votes

the gap
By Marc Van Den Broeck
posted (5 days ago)
0 votes
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SPAM

We receive many complaints whenever the peoples' vote gets spammed. It makes the vast majority of honest entrants in our photo contest mad. That makes us mad!

Recently we challenged someone over 300 votes that appeared overnight. They claimed that they emailed everyone in their diving club to vote for them. Pointless, you'll agree, but as it is one man one vote that's 'legal'. However, they had another rash of votes and that time I looked in our server logs and found they had all come from the same IP address...

Now, we all concede that what is one persons taste may not be someone elses. But look at these...

30 votes

300 votes

David Doubilet would not get 300 votes overnight if he entered his best known work! Spammers insult the intelligence of their fellow underwater photographers and makes a mockery of the voting system.

We have changed the system now so that only entries in the past couple of days show in the winners panel. Names will not sit in the top 3 places like they used to.

The voting system is there to give underwater photographers a bit of encouragement, a chance to gauge your efforts against others, a bit of fun - not so that spammers can see their name in the 1,2, and 3 spot!

The peoples vote does not influence the annual judging at all. The panel do not even see the peoples' vote.

The rules are clear...

Any entrant who spams or is suspected of spamming the votes will have all their images removed.

This website stands for equality amongst u/w photographers. Underwater photographers have (quite literally) made this site by joining in the contest, forums etc. Spammers are so against the spirit of what UP is about.

Remember, the only vote that has value is the one someone else awards you. The only person the spam voter is fooling - is themself!