Awards & Prizes

Rewarding the Best of the Ocean

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 the following prize valued at AUD 10,000

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)

2021 Guru Categories

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 AUD 200 voucher
  • Living Image A2 size premium cotton paper print of your image.

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 AUD 200 voucher
  • Living Image A2 size premium cotton paper print of your image.

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 AUD 200 voucher
  • Living Image A2 size premium cotton paper print of your image.

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 AUD 200 voucher
  • Living Image A2 size premium cotton paper print of your image.

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 AUD 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: 

From the Heart to the Ocean

The Max Benjamin Award.  

From the Heart to the Ocean – The Max Benjamin Award is open to all creatives working in any medium, who are inspired by the waterline, drawn by the sounds of the seas, its moods, its endless horizons and caressing waves, and the critters that call it home. 

This Award is named in honour of Walindi’s much-loved founder, Max Benjamin. 1947-2020.  

A 7 night stay at Walindi Plantation Resort in Papua New Guinea for one person.  A biodiversity hot spot with over half the worlds coral species, dive and snorkel world renown Kimbe Bay with Walindi’s wonderful, experienced guides. The configuration of the bay and its position relative to prevailing winds creates an unusually sheltered environment for the rich complex of seaward reefs. Coupled with the spectacular underwater terrain, composed largely of steep-sided, patch, saddle, or pinnacle reefs, it is one of the tropic’s most exciting dive areas!   3 meals a day included, 10 dives and return airport transfers Hoskins/Walindi.    

Expiry is 12 months from date international travel from your country is open to PNG..  Ts and Cs apply. Not transferable for cash.  

The Eco Hero Award

From the deserts to the rainforests to the reefs, we’re looking for those very special individuals who have been affecting change, all in the name of a better planet for us all. Nominate an individual you believe is going above and beyond to consistently encourage positive ecological change within the community. The winning individual will receive:

A 2 night stay on Lady Elliot Island in a Reef Unit with flights from Bundaberg or Hervey Bay, Queensland for 2 adults.  Includes breakfast and dinner daily, a guided reef walk, snorkel gear and a snorkel or glass bottom boat tour.  Situated within a highly protected ‘Green Zone’ the coral cay is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef. Oh – let’s not forget the seabird colony!  Wow!  You deserve this!  (suitable for snorkelers or divers).  

Not transferable for cash. Subject to availability at the time of booking.  Some block out dates.  Ts and Cs apply.

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 Join us for the Underwater Tour Show, 23 May 2021

For More Prizes?

Purchase an Underwater Tour Show ticket which includes our Program in a special edition of PXL Explorer Magazine and you’ll have the chance to test your knowledge and win one of the following incredible prizes provided by our wonderful Partners.  It’s been a very tough year for all.  If you’re in a position to, please support the prize givers the best you can – book, purchase, upgrade, extend, buy something you need, buy a gift for a friend, take a friend!  

 

Holy Moly!  Here’s what’s on offer:

EITHER/OR!  A Papua New Guinea Liveaboard Adventure for 1 person.  Wow.  Nine nights onboard either MV Febrina or MV Oceania diving the world-renowned reefs of PNG’s Kimbe Bay and beyond.   Up to 4 dives per dive day included and all meals, snacks, tea, coffee, tanks, weights, weight belt and transfers Hoskins/Walindi/Hoskins. 

Expiry is 12 months from date international travel from your country is open to PNG..  Ts and Cs apply. Not transferable for cash.  

A Scubapro Galileo HUD Integrated hands-free dive computer and fitted mask. Thanks so much Scubapro! The Galileo HUD is an innovative and thoroughly unique air-integrated dive computer. This new-to-the-dive-world, technologically-advanced computer offers a heads-up display mounted on a dual-lens mask. It delivers excellent readability along with hands-free data monitoring, creating a user experience unlike anything previously seen in diving.

Not transferable for cash.  

A Mike Ball Dive Expeditions 4 night Fly/Dive Coral Sea Expedition for one person on Spoilsport, Australia’s most awarded live-aboard offering world class scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea.  This itinerary is available from Aug ’21.  Dive walls that plummet to around 1000m in 35m visibility showcasing pelagic fish life, fans, soft and hard corals and reef fish.  Includes a low-level scenic flight above the GBR.  We love the Mike Ball Difference!  

Valid for 2 years.  Not transferable for cash. Ts and Cs apply.

A 3 night/4 day San Ignacio Gray Whales Experience, Baja California, Mexico for one person.  Join Nautilus Dive Adventures at the San Ignacio Lagoon, a UNESCO Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve.  Nurture your soul with virtually unlimited expeditions to observe and interact with the gray whales as they spy hop, breach, and nurture their young. Come face to face with these gentle giants while staying in a beachfront glamping tent. Includes return flights San Cabo/San Ignacio.  

Valid for the 2021 and 2022 seasons.  Not transferable for cash.  Ts and Cs apply.

A USD 1500 Wakatobi Voucher applicable towards either a luxurious Wakatobi or Pelagian liveaboard package in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, the heart of the Coral Triangle.  You made it through 2020, you deserve to dive and snorkel in comfort on some of the world’s most celebrated coral reefs and immerse yourself in one of the planet’s most vibrant and biodiverse marine ecosystems.  This voucher will help!

Expiry is 12 months from date international travel from your country is open to Indonesia. Ts and Cs apply. Not transferable for cash.  

4 Nights on Heron Island for 2 adults in a Beachside Room.  Experience nature at its best on Australia’s Heron Island, world famous for its spectacular coral reef and a sanctuary for an extraordinary variety of marine life. This natural coral cay provides a genuine eco-experience, a unique opportunity to witness the magic of the world’s largest coral reef.  Enjoy low-key comfort and immediate access to the GBRs crystal clear waters teeming with nesting turtles, reef fish, turtles, rays, reef sharks and more.  Includes breakfast daily, snorkel gear and return ferry transfers from Gladstone Marina.   Woohoo!

Not transferable for cash. Subject to availability at the time of booking.  Some block out dates.  Ts and Cs apply.

A Scubapro Go Sport Fins, Zoom Mask and Spectra Dry Snorkel Pack.  The Go Sport Fins feature an open heel boot-fit design with a self-adjusting bungee heel strap and are an excellent travel companion. The Zoom is a low volume dual-lens mask that is ideal for all divers but is especially well-suited to divers who use optical lenses. The Scubapro Spectra Dry Snorkel features a dry top to keep out any water and has a flexible corrugated joint, optimal for snorkelling or diving. 

Not transferable for cash.  

A Scubapro Nova 850 hand torch.  The torch delivers intense illumination, ideal for lighting up the dark spaces and bringing out the vibrant colors on night dives as well as day dives. It is machined from heavy-duty aluminum so is both lightweight and built to last. It’s also easy to use. A 50% mode allows you to increase burn time if you don’t need the full power.  

Not transferable for cash.  Diver image is a lifestyle shot and may not depict the product..

Here’s a great big thank you to our valued Tour Partners without whom the Underwater Tour and Awards would not be possible.

MEET OUR 2021 Partners 

During a regular touring year, our Partners tour with us to each event around Australia and have the chance to chat with you face to face during our mix and mingle prior to curtain up each evening.

For 2021, in the days after the Underwater Tour Show broadcast, we’ll shine a spotlight on each of our partners.   We’ll be rolling out and hosting a schedule of ‘zoom-in mix and mingles’ – one for each of our Partners.  Say hello to the wonderful, friendly people behind our partner brands and bubble up any questions you may have.  They can’t wait to showcase their offerings and share their latest news.

The zoom-in mix and mingle schedule will be announced at the time of the Underwater Tour Show please stay tuned!