UW Photo Challenge

General Information

UWPC is the largest underwater photo challenge starts from Asia Pacific, co-hosted by the Diving and Resort Travel Expo (DRT SHOW) and EZDIVE magazine. UWPC is opened to entrants of all skill levels.

Underwater Photo Challenge (UWPC) aims at finding excellent underwater photographers and understanding their works thoroughly. We hope to promote the art of underwater photography and any diving activities in the world, and to promote the ideas of protecting the marine environment and guide a green and healthy lifestyle through the challenge.

Event Organized by: Diving & Resort Travel Expo (DRT SHOW) / EZDIVE



  EZDIVE Best Cover
  Wide Angle
  Creative-Fine Art
      EZDIVE Best Cover:   must be a portrait photo and the main subject of this shot should be interesting, prominent and a perfect layout, matching with EZDIVE Magazine. To check your photo looks good on the magazine, please download a mock cover. Magazine templates can be found at: www.uwphotochalleng.com This category will be judged by editorial team of EZDIVE diving magazine.
     Macro:   any photo where the subject is recorded as life-size or greater on the camera's image sensor, also known as a 1:1 (or greater) reproduction ratio. As a guideline, macro subjects are generally 6 inches across or smaller and shot with a lens focal length greater than 35mm.
     Wide Angle:   any photo in a wide-angle view, including over-under shots (at least 50% or more in water) and close-focus wide-angle photos. Subject can be big marine animal, diver, reefscape, wreck or boat.
    Creative-Fine Art:   the main subject of the photo is not limited; however, the submitted photo must be creative style, such as being creative with the composition or shooting method, or using diverse tools. So go wild and surprise us. The creative category is not subject to Limitations of Post-Production. However, please note that for works with special effects, such as those with multiple layers, all layer photos must be original and raw files should be submitted for review. Works created using AI tools are not allowed to be submitted.

Final winners of Macro, Wide Angle, and Creative will be asked to rank their desired prizes out of 9 prizes and be awarded the best possible choice in their list based on their overall winning rankings, which will be decided by the judges. The Best Cover will be awarded USD 500 in cash.

The top 10 photos on each category will be on display on the official website: www.uwphotochallenge.com from 1 March 2024.

  • Final winners will be announced via Live Judging during the DRT SHOW Shanghai from 22 to 24 March 2024. The winner photos on each category will be announced on the official website: www.uwphotochallenge.com
  • Winner photos will be displayed in all the DRT SHOW in the future, and will also be published by our media partners worldwide.

      Submission Deadline:   15 January 2024 (GMT+8)
     Photo Review:   16 January - 28 February 2024
     Live Judging:   22 – 24 March 2024 at DRT SHOW Shanghai 2024
     Award Ceremony:   Sunday, 24 March 2024 at DRT SHOW Shanghai 2024
     Exhibition for Top 10:   22 – 24 March 2024 at DRT SHOW Shanghai 2024

Winning Photos