After 8 years of evolution, the Underwater Festival team has decided to again lead the world by launching "The Underwater Project", a new concept and the world's first perpetual underwater shootout competition.

The Underwater Project is much more than a competition. As the name suggest we have taken the best of the Underwater Festival and have evolved it into a continuous event. A project that continues to share the beauty and the issues of the underwater world of Australasia (and the rest of the world from 2015) and show the world what we have to lose.

The Underwater Project will create and support unique local events across the region throughout the year. Any dive centre, resort, live aboard or dive club can become an Underwater Project Fringe Event host.

A few great new features of the Underwater Project are:

  • A great new fully featured Underwater Project snapshot map with entries from past years included
  • Every member will get their own stunning portfolio site with personal snapshot map and your personal gallery
  • Collect and display awards and achievements.
  • If you have been participating in the Underwater Festival in previous years, your past entries will become part of your portfolio
  • You can select for each entry if it is available of use by non-profits for conservation purposes
  • You can select for each entry if it is available for sale with 50% of profits coming back to you

There will be no charge for individual image or video uploads, instead there will be a simple annual membership fee of US$50 to join the Underwater Project. Standard membership entitles to 5 photo or 2 video uploads per month and Premium membership (US$100) allows twice that.

Submitted entries will be screened by the Underwater Project team. Entires that pass this first round of judgement will be appearing on the official Underwater Project snapshot map.

Screened images will be judged annually by the established Underwater Project judging panel and we aim to again offer US$100,000 in prizes.