Underwater photo contest

Entries to the annual contest close 31st December 2018

19 days to go
Peoples' Vote

Turtle portrait
By Plamena Mileva
posted (5 days ago)
20 votes

Meduse oeuf au plat
By Jérome Mirande
posted (5 days ago)
14 votes

One of the famous critters for blackwater
By Ajiex Dharma
posted (6 days ago)
12 votes

I love jelly.
By Niall Deiraniya
posted (5 days ago)
11 votes

rush hour
By Marc Van Den Broeck
posted (6 days ago)
10 votes

Humpback calf frolics near the surface.
By Kim Ramsay
posted (5 days ago)
10 votes

lizardfish was laying on a piece of a wreck, I could only take one picture.
By Dirk Crutelle
posted (6 days ago)
9 votes

Pink eyed goby.
By Mehmet Salih Bilal
posted (6 days ago)
9 votes

Sperm Whale Diving
By Charles Rawlings
posted (5 days ago)
9 votes

Dart fish in the pastels of wide aperture
By Andrew Delano
posted (4 days ago)
9 votes
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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!