Underwater photo contest

Peoples' Vote

Sepiola rondeleti, night dive
By Marco Gargiulo
posted (6 days ago)
22 votes

At home in a shell. A Coconut Octopus emerges from the sand in its home a shell in two halves.
By Marc Damant
posted (6 days ago)
20 votes

Cuttlefish, Zeeland, The Netherlands.
By Filip Staes
posted (2 days ago)
20 votes

Safe navigation
By Salvatore Ianniello
posted (3 days ago)
18 votes

Skeleton shrimp (Caprella mutica), Oosterschelde, Zeeland, The Netherlands
By Filip Staes
posted (5 days ago)
17 votes

Goby And my Bubbles 
Location: Anilao Batangas 
Camera: Canon 5D Mark IV 
Lens: EF100mmMacro Lens 
Housing: Seacam
Strobes: Seacam Flash 150
Settings: 1/200 ,F19 iso 400
Rgblue 02
Retra LSD
By Songda Cai
posted (6 days ago)
16 votes

Xena Crab
By Billy Watson
posted (4 days ago)
16 votes

Flaming Hairy Frogfish!
By Edison So
posted (4 days ago)
16 votes

Eggs.. for about 2 days each year Chorus Frogs come from the woods to mate in the pool, same time every year they mate and sing all night and day, even in the rain. Then they hop back into the woods for another year.
By Steven Miller
posted (6 days ago)
15 votes

Grupers in the shadow, Xcalac Mexico
By Alejandro Topete
posted (5 days ago)
15 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!