Underwater photo contest

Peoples' Vote

By Marc Van Den Broeck
posted (5 days ago)
25 votes

Great White approaches thru the late afternoon sun at Guadalupe off Mexico
By Steven Anderson
posted (5 days ago)
24 votes

Gulen Wreck Diving
By Daniel Strub
posted (4 days ago)
17 votes

when the sun was my 3rd strobe
By Gaetano Gargiulo
posted (3 days ago)
15 votes

In a symbiotic relationship, a small shrimp cleans out the hole it shares with a goby who keeps a lookout for predators.
By Glenn Ostle
posted (3 days ago)
15 votes

By Susannah H. Snowden-Smith
posted (3 days ago)
14 votes

goby on torch light
By Deniz Muzaffer Gökmen
posted (3 days ago)
14 votes

Eggs feeder
By Ajiex Dharma
posted (6 days ago)
13 votes

August 2016 Fethiye / Turkey
By Mehmet Öztabak
posted (6 days ago)
13 votes

Close up of a sea urchin
By Peet J Van Eeden
posted (4 days ago)
13 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!