Guru Awards

Celebrating the Best Ocean and Freshwater Photography

Inspiring adventure and discovery from behind the lens

We welcome photographers from around the globe to take part in the 2nd Annual Guru Awards, promoting the art of aquatic photography and raising awareness of our incredible marine and freshwater environments. The Guru Awards are open to professional and enthusiast photographers. The Awards program features 5 Categories, a publicly-voted People’s Choice Award, plus the ultimate prize for the top-scoring photographer across all the categories… The Guru Grand Prize.

 

Entries Close Wednesday
31 March 2021 at 23:59hrs AEST
(Australian Eastern Standard Time) GMT +10:00

 

The Guru Grand Prize

Our major photography award, the Guru Grand Prize celebrates a great photographer, not just one great photo. To be eligible for the Guru Grand Prize, entrants must have submitted an entry in each of the 5 Categories of the Awards. The Guru is chosen from a finalist group of top-scoring photographers across the 5 Categories, and the winner’s work must showcase a diverse range of camera techniques, skill and creativity.

 

The First Nations custodians of the Southern Sydney area, The Dharawal People,
have a word for deepwater – that word is “Guru”


The 5 Categories

Underwater Characters: Underwater photographs depicting marine/aquatic animals/people. Can be taken in freshwater or the ocean.  Must clearly be shot underwater

Underwater Scenes: Underwater photographs depicting marine/aquatic environments. May include marine animals. Can be taken in freshwater or the ocean. Must clearly be shot underwater.

Topside Scenes: Photographs taken above water depicting ocean or freshwater environments. Seventy percent (70%) of the image must depict water.

Aquatic Abstracts: Underwater or topside photographs of freshwater and/or ocean subjects. Abstracts do not necessarily represent reality, but rather seek to evoke an emotional response using shapes, colours, and textures.

Underwater Black and White: Any photograph taken underwater, must display no colour, only grey tones. Must be clearly shot underwater.

The People’s Choice Award

A selection of eligible entries are showcased, with the winner being decided by popular vote.

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2021 Guru Awards Prizes

Open to all photographers, The Guru Awards celebrate photography from above and below the surface of our marine and freshwater environments. The awards feature 5 Categories, a People’s Choice Award and the coveted Guru Grand Prize.

The Guru Grand Prize

The winner of the Guru Grand Prize will be judged from the pool of entrants who submit a photo in each of the 5 categories. (Entrant must have 1 Image entered in each category to be eligible)

The Guru Grand Prize Winner will receive:

AUD$5000 of world-famous SEACAM silver products. The Grand Prize winner can make their choice and spend their silver dollars as they wish from SEACAM’s current product range.

We wish the winner happy shopping!

(Not transferable for cash)

 

A Canon EOS R6 mirrorless camera provided by CameraPro. The Canon R6 with a 20.1MP full frame CMOS sensor, 4K 60p video, exceptional low-light capabilities and 5-axis image stabilisation, is an outstanding mirrorless camera and will reset the winner’s creative boundaries. A AUD$200 CameraPro voucher will also help!

 (Not transferable for cash)

Underwater Characters Category Winner

Underwater photographs depicting marine/aquatic animals/people. Can be taken in freshwater or the ocean.  Must clearly be shot underwater.

The Category Winner Receives: 

  • AUD $500 cash
  • Scubapro Nova 850 Rechargeable Torch and Battery Pack
  • Momento Pro $200 voucher
  • Living Image A2 size premium cotton paper print of your image.

Momento Pro

Underwater Scenes Category Winner

Underwater photographs depicting marine/aquatic environments. May include marine animals. Can be taken in freshwater or the ocean. Must clearly be shot underwater.

The Category Winner Receives:   

  • AUD $500 cash
  • Scubapro Glide BCD
  • Momento Pro $200 voucher
  • Living Image A2 size premium cotton paper print of your image
Momento Pro

Topside Scene Category Winner

Photographs taken above water depicting ocean or freshwater environments. Seventy percent (70%) of the image must depict water.

The Category Winner Receives:

  • AUD $500 cash
  • Scubapro Jet Sport Fins, Zoom Mask and Spectra Dry Snorkel
  • Momento Pro $200 voucher
  • Living Image A2 size premium cotton paper print of your image
Momento Pro

Aquatic Abstract Category Winner

Underwater or topside photographs of freshwater and/or ocean subjects. Abstracts do not necessarily represent reality, but rather seek to evoke an emotional response using shapes, colours, and textures.

The Category Winner Receives:  

  • AUD $500 cash
  • Scubapro Glide BCD
  • Momento Pro $200 voucher
  • Living Image A2 size premium cotton paper print of your image

Momento Pro

Underwater Black and White Category Winner

Any photograph taken underwater, must display no colour, only grey tone. Must be clearly shot underwater.

The Category Winner Receives: 

  • AUD $500 cash
  • ScubaPro Nova 850 Rechargeable Torch and Battery Pack
  • Momento Pro $200 voucher
  • Living Image A2 size premium cotton paper print of your image
Momento Pro

People’s Choice Award

Celebrating the most popular image, voted by the public.

The People’s Choice Award winner receives: