Digital Online’s main objectives are:

  • To develop the human interaction with the underwater environment and highlight the beauty of its flora and fauna.
  • To gather information on the number of underwater photographers in the UAE (both professional and amateur).
  • To discover new promising underwater photographers in the UAE.

SUBMISSIONS OPEN : Sunday, 8th January 2017 | SUBMISSIONS CLOSE : Sunday, 23rd April 2017 @ 11:59pm (GST)
Rules and Guidelines 2017

Digital Online is open to all photographers and videographers of all skill levels with a valid EDA membership status. EDA membership must be renewed if expired or acquired in order to take part.


Digital Online was realised in 2009 by Marcelo Mariozi, a professional underwater photographer who had previously been involved in the organisation and set up of underwater photography competitions in his native country of Brazil.

As there were no other underwater photography competitions existing in the UAE at the time, Digital Online was introduced by EDA for resident photographers to develop a relationship and human interaction with those unfamiliar with the underwater world and environment. The film category was introduced as an extension to the competition in 2012 to share our underwater world through motion pictures.

The event, coming up to its ninth year, has seen the steady growth of underwater photography participation, the enthusiasm, and the passion step up to another level. The event has attained equal success with the non-divers who come to support the participants at the Awards and Exhibition Opening night.


We would like to thank all our devoted and new sponsors for taking part in Digital Online 2017’s upcoming event, for without them, the competition would not take place. We will announce the prizes in the March issue.

Thank you to BFC Travel Management, Tourism Malaysia, Philippines Department of Tourism, Freestyle Divers, Al Marsa Musandam, Canon, Grand Stores, Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort Fujairah, Al Mahara Diving Center & Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort, Millennium Resort Mussanah Oman & Oman Sail, Nomad Ocean Adventures, The Dive Centre, MTM Marine LLC, Divers Down, and Al Boom Diving.


We would also like to thank Andy Murch , Simon J Pierce , Imran Ahmad , Jonathan Ali Khan and Christophe Chellapermal for being Digital Online’s asset guest judges. We are privileged to have such amazing people and photographers/film makers be a part of this event.

Digital Online 2017 Sponsors