Photo Contest Statistics

Where do underwater photographers take the most pictures? Which country? What Sea? What are their favorite subjects?

We have all the answers here, displayed in graphical format. This analysis of our photo contest entries is surely the most unique insight into the travel habits of underwater photographers ever!

You can use the data here to decide where the utimate u/w photo destination is!

What Seas?

When you enter the contest the sea that the image was shot in is an optional field. Not everyone knows what sea they were in! And, of course, freshwater shots are excluded. We have logged seas since 2007

Mouseover the graph bars to see even more detail. Is this the ultimate trip planner? Mouseover the graph bars to see which seas produce the most medals and so should be most worth a visit? Of course the most popular seas will have more images and should statistically therefore have more medals. But note the most popular seas do not always produce the most medals!

SeasPercentageGraph
Caribbean Sea14.40%
Red Sea10.90%
Pacific9.40%
Philippine Sea6.50%
Indian Ocean6.50%
Bali Sea4.80%
Celebes Sea4.10%
South China Sea3.70%
Mediterranean Sea3.70%
Atlantic (North American coastal)3.30%
Sulu and Sulawesi Seas3.20%
Tyrrhenian Sea2.30%
Banda Sea1.70%
Andaman Sea1.60%
Atlantic (European coastal)1.40%
Atlantic (African coastal)1.30%
Aegean Sea1.30%
Gulf Of Mexico1.20%
Adriatic Sea1.20%
Molucca Sea1.10%
Atlantic1.10%
North Sea1.10%
Flores Sea1.00%
Asian Sea0.90%
Tasman Sea0.80%
Bohol Sea0.80%
Atlantic (South)0.80%
Coral Sea0.70%
Visayan Sea0.60%
Halmahera Sea0.60%
Ligurian Sea0.50%
Landlocked Seas/Lakes0.50%
Sea Of Cortés /Gulf of California0.50%
Mozambique Channel0.40%
Mindanao Sea0.40%
Irish Sea0.40%
Gulf of Venezuela0.30%
Ionian Sea0.30%
Bismarck Sea0.30%
Gulf Of Oman0.30%
Arabian Sea0.30%
Solomon Sea0.30%
Norwegian Sea0.30%
Balearic Sea0.30%
Great Lakes0.30%
Black Sea0.20%
East China Sea0.20%
Atlantic (South America coastal)0.20%
Sea of Japan0.20%
Java Sea0.20%
Persian/Arabian Gulf0.20%
Baltic Sea0.20%
Ceram Sea0.20%
Sea of Marmara0.20%
Great Australian Bight0.20%
English Channel0.10%
Norwegian Sea0.10%
Koro Sea0.10%
Sargasso Sea0.10%
Gulf Of Aden0.10%
Sunda Sea0.00%
Chilean Sea0.00%
Antarctic (Southern Ocean)0.00%
Arctic0.00%
Timor Sea0.00%
Arafura Sea0.00%
Celtic Sea0.00%
Ross Sea0.00%
Savu Sea0.00%
Camotes Sea0.00%
Laccidive Sea0.00%
Sibuyan Sea0.00%
Bay of Bengal0.00%
African Lakes0.00%
Argentine Sea0.00%
Gulf of Alaska0.00%
Sea of the Hebrides0.00%
Sea of Crete0.00%
Alboran Sea0.00%
Caspian Sea0.00%
Barents Sea0.00%
Gulf Of Guinea0.00%
Labrador Sea0.00%
Bay Of Biscay0.00%
Amundsen Sea0.00%
Lake Tahoe0.00%
White Sea0.00%
Weddel Sea0.00%
Sea of Azov0.00%
Greenland Sea0.00%
Bering Sea0.00%
Great Salt Lake0.00%
Kara Sea0.00%
Thracian Sea0.00%
Sea of Okhotsk0.00%
Scotia Sea0.00%
Queen Victoria Sea0.00%
Wandel or McKinley Sea0.00%
Yellow Sea0.00%
Lake Van0.00%
Gulf of Carpentaria0.00%
Davis Sea0.00%
Dead Sea0.00%
Bellinghausen Sea0.00%

What Countries?

Is this the ultimate trip planner? You can see which countries produce the most medals and so should be most worth a visit, then cross-reference with the seas that produce the most medals and Viola! Book now!

It is interesting to compare country taken against sea taken. Note that the Caribbean Sea rates so highly when no single island does as a country.

CountryPercentageGraph
Indonesia15.80%
Philippines9.40%
Egypt8.80%
United States6.50%
Mexico4.20%
Italy4.10%
Cayman islands2.80%
Australia2.80%
Malaysia2.70%
Maldives2.60%
South Africa2.50%
Bahamas2.20%
Netherlands Antilles2.10%
Thailand2.00%
United Kingdom1.90%
Turkey1.80%
Puerto Rico1.60%
Spain1.60%
Switzerland1.20%
Honduras1.10%
Canada1.00%
Croatia0.90%
France0.90%
Ukraine0.80%
Portugal0.70%
Papua New Guinea0.60%
Netherlands0.60%
Micronesia0.60%
Germany0.60%
Cuba0.60%
Taiwan0.60%
Ecuador0.50%
Fiji0.50%
Czech Republic0.50%
Norway0.50%
Israel0.50%
Malta0.40%
Dominica0.40%
Palau0.40%
Belize0.40%
Mozambique0.40%
United Arab Emirates0.40%
French Polynesia0.40%
Sudan0.30%
Greece0.30%
Solomon islands0.30%
Mauritius0.30%
Northern Mariana Islands0.20%
Ireland0.20%
Virgin Islands U.S.0.20%
Japan0.20%
Saint Lucia0.20%
Oman0.20%
Guam0.20%
Turks and Caicos islands0.20%
Brazil0.20%
Russia0.20%
New Zealand0.20%
Austria0.20%
Saudi Arabia0.20%
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines0.20%
Costa Rica0.20%
Virgin Islands (British)0.20%
Seychelles0.20%
Sri Lanka0.20%
East Timor0.20%
Denmark0.20%
Belgium0.10%
Sweden0.10%
Cyprus0.10%
Qatar0.10%
Tanzania0.10%
Vanuatu0.10%
Grenada0.10%
Jordan0.10%
Guadeloupe0.10%
Dominican Republic0.10%
Cocos Islands0.10%
Aruba0.10%
Tonga0.10%
Chile0.10%
Poland0.10%
Cape Verde0.10%
Barbados0.10%
Vietnam0.10%
Myanmar (Burma)0.10%
Colombia0.10%
Singapore0.10%
Madagascar0.10%
Djibouti0.10%
Bermuda0.10%
New Caledonia0.10%
Panama0.10%
Bulgaria0.10%
Saint Kitts and Nevis0.10%
Brunei Darussalam0.10%
Slovenia0.10%
Venezuela0.00%
Slovakia (Slovak Republic)0.00%
Finland0.00%
Marshall Islands0.00%
China0.00%
Antarctica0.00%
Mayotte0.00%
Anguilla0.00%
Iceland0.00%
Jamaica0.00%
Argentina0.00%
Trinidad and Tobago0.00%
Martinique0.00%
Lithuania0.00%
India0.00%
Iran (Islamic Republic of)0.00%
Hong Kong0.00%
Reunion0.00%
Romania0.00%
Luxembourg0.00%
Peru0.00%
Palestine Territory, occupied0.00%
Antigua & Barbuda0.00%
Kazakhstan0.00%
Angola0.00%
Estonia0.00%
Kenya0.00%
Serbia and Montenegro (Yugoslavia)0.00%
Korea, Republic of0.00%
Nambia0.00%
Saint Helena0.00%
Cook islands0.00%
Hungary0.00%
Malawi0.00%
French Guiana0.00%
Botswana0.00%
Morocco0.00%
Nicaragua0.00%
Tunisia0.00%
Syrian Arab Republic0.00%
Sao Tome and Principe0.00%
Pakistan0.00%
Latvia0.00%
Greenland0.00%
Niue0.00%
Samoa0.00%
Guatemala0.00%
Christmas Island0.00%
Afganistan0.00%
Belarus0.00%
Albania0.00%
Algeria0.00%
American Samoa0.00%
Nigeria0.00%
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya0.00%
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands0.00%
Montserrat0.00%
Iraq0.00%
Bahrain0.00%
Cambodia0.00%
Bolivia0.00%
Bosnia and Herzegowina0.00%
Gibraltar0.00%
French Southern Territories0.00%
Faroe islands0.00%
El Salvador0.00%
Eritrea0.00%
Haiti0.00%
Mali0.00%
Monaco0.00%
Pitcairn0.00%
Uganda0.00%
Uruguay0.00%
Tuvalu0.00%
Togo0.00%
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands0.00%
Swaziland0.00%
Senegal0.00%
Zambia0.00%
Zimbabwe0.00%
Norfolk Island0.00%
Liberia0.00%
Kuwait0.00%
Macau0.00%
Korea, Democratic Peoples's Republic0.00%
Comoros0.00%
Congo0.00%
Cote d’Ivoire0.00%
Guinea-Bissau0.00%
Cameroon0.00%
Central African Republic0.00%
Azerbaijan0.00%
Andorra0.00%

What Subjects?

Please bear in mind that we introduced several new categories in January 2008 so the figures may be skewed towards older categories. As time goes by this should even out and become more accurate.

Mouseover the graph bars to see even more detail. You should be able to deduce not only the most popular categories to enter but also for vistors to look at from their average vote. Note that new category Nudibranchia punches way above it's weight in this respect!

Photo contest categoryPercentageGraph
Macro - not swimming16.20%
Wide Angle - Marine Life15.30%
Macro - Close-Up12.00%
Macro - swimming10.50%
Macro - Nudibranchia6.10%
Wide Angle - Natural Light (no strobe)5.20%
Wide Angle - Divers5.20%
Macro - Super macro4.60%
Wide Angle - Close Focus4.10%
Topside (above water but marine related)3.80%
Freshwater3.20%
Sharks3.00%
Wide Angle - Wrecks2.90%
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)2.20%
Temperate Waters1.80%
Over/Under (shots half topside, half U/W)1.40%
Humorous0.80%
Fashion0.70%
Macro - Last years entries0.10%
Wide Angle - Year 2000 entries0.10%
Out Of Contest0.00%


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