The gauntlet was thrown at an earlier SFUPS meeting and
now the time has come for the show down between SFUPS and CAYSoUP.

Which club will produce more winning images in this first ever, fun UW shootout ?

Click the button below to see the 10 finalists in each category.
Five images from each club in random order.

And the judges comments and point scores for each finalists image.


  1. You must set your camera to the correct local date and time.
  2. A dated picture will be posted on both the CAYSoUP and SFUPS Facebook pages on Friday August 20 at 9 p.m. local time.
  3. You must take a photo of this picture before competing so that all photos taken after it will be eligible for the shootout competition.
  4. Photos taken before the setup picture, or with a date outside the actual competition dates, will be disqualified.


  1. Period of shooting is 12:01 a.m. on 21 August to 11:59 p.m. on 29 August.
  2. You may dive and take photographs for entry at any time during these dates.
  3. All entries must be received by 6 p.m. local on 31 August – the location will be provided nearer the time.
  4. Each club team will meet, either in person or online, on 31 August to vote on the entries and reduce their number to five (5) per category per team.
  5. The eligible images, 25 per team, 5 per category, will be submitted to the three judges on the evening of 2 September.
  6. The judges will consider and revert on 9 September with their results.
  7. The judges will be asked to provide critique on their selected, and less preferred, images.


  1. A maximum of 20% cropping is allowed in post-processing (except in the creative category).
  2. Any changes must be global, no local edits allowed on a portion of the photo (except in the creative category).
  3. Your card and raw or original images must be available for inspection.
  4. There are five categories with the following size / description:
  5. a. Wide-angle – anything larger than a basketball (netball). Close Focus Wide Angle (CFWA) is valid as long as the overall scene is wide-angle.

    b. Macro – the size of the image on the sensor is life size or greater

    c. Blackwater – full night (not dusk or dawn)

    d. Portrait with personality – showing the character of the subject

    e. Creative editing – anything goes

  6. Don’t mess about with your card or delete anything.
  7. Resize each image before submission to 1,400 longest edge, 72 dpi.
  8. Each team will elect what images are going forward – choosing five images per category.
  9. Judges will be asked to score a total of 50 images, 25 from each team with 5 in each category by putting images in order of 10 to 1, with 10 being the best, receiving 10 points; 9 second best, receiving 9 points, and so on. The points from all judges will be added up with the highest scored images receiving 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each category.
  10. Any judge can assign zero points if they think the photo has breached rules.


is an award-winning photographer who uses her images to promote conservation of our planet and the animals within. The marriage of marine biology and photography started in 2006 when Theresa learned scuba diving and underwater photography. Since then, this passion has taken her world-wide to experience different microenvironments beneath the sea, which parallel her study of cancer microenvironments as a physician-scientist.…/underwater-photographer…

is an underwater photographer and journalist whose award winning work has been published in over 30 countries during a career spanning three decades. As a true all-rounder, Steve’s list of assignments have included colossal battleship wrecks in the deep north Atlantic, sub-zero encounters with Apex polar predators, through to equatorial seascapes awash with strong currents.…/steve-jones

is a professional photographer, violinist, and lover of all things aquatic. She is currently working as the Science Editor and a principle writer for Ocean Geographic Magazine and is the Managing Editor of Ocean Geographic Explorers. She is also a freelance science writer and editor. She founded Blue Ring for ocean conservation and her driving goal is to find ways to protect our world’s precious marine habitats through diving, writing, photography, education, and research.
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