Bluewater Photo has just announced the 5th annual SoCal Shootout which takes place September 18-20th, 2015. This weekend-long competition brings together underwater photographers of all levels throughout Southern California.
Starting Friday morning and spanning through Sunday night, participants have the opportunity to shoot photos in the Pacific Ocean anywhere south of Pt. Conception to north of the Mexican border.
Continuing into its 5th year, entry for the competition is still only $40. Those interested in participating can sign up online. Entrants can enter up to 8 photos or three video entries, or a mix of the two. Please see Bluewater Photo’s Shootout website for complete information and rules.
Building on 5 years of great prizes, this year’s Shootout will feature $20,000 in prizes.
Grand prizes include Aquatica Digital with a free mirrorless housing and port, a Sea of Cortez trip on the Rocio del Mar liveaboard, free stay and diving with Aiyanar Beach & Dive Resort, several strobes from Sea & Sea Underwater Imaging and travel vouchers from Bluewater Travel.
Gold sponsors include a stay and diving with the Cortez Club in La Paz, a diving package from Maluku Divers in Indonesia, an iTorch Venom 50 video light with wired remote, several free trip vouchers from Channel Islands Dive Adventures and gear certificates from Bluewater Photo.
New Categories, Something for Everyone!
The SoCal Shootout is designed for photographers of all levels with a variety of categories to enter, including separate categories for different camera formats, such as compact vs dSLR. This year’s contest brings a small restructuring to the categories, introducing two new mirrorless categories due to the popularity of this camera format. The Shootout will continue to have the Edited Video category which offers entrants to submit a short video narrative composed of multiple shots and added audio or music.
The Shootout also features professional underwater photographers Mark Strickland and Andy Sallmon who are back for this year’s competition, judging the entries along with Bluewater Photo owner and professional underwater photographer Scott Gietler.