SUBMISSIONS OPEN: Sunday 29 March 2020
SUBMISSIONS CLOSE: Sunday 26 April 2020 @ 11:59 PM (GST)
DIGITAL ONLINE AWARDS NIGHT & EXHIBITION OPENING: Wednesday 20 May 2020 | American University in Dubai
DIGITAL ONLINE’S MAIN OBJECTIVES ARE:
DIGITAL ONLINE’S STORY
Digital Online just celebrated its 10th Anniversary! The competition was realised in 2009 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 amongst those unfamiliar with the underwater world environment. The competition holds both local and international marine life categories to offer variety between our local and international diving enthusiasts.
The film category was introduced as an extension to the competition in 2012 to share our underwater world through motion pictures and deliver a better understanding of the habitats and surroundings. The event has seen continuous and steady growth of new underwater photographers taking part and joining many of our regular yearly participants. The enthusiasm and passion strive on, and the drive to bring our underwater world’s conservation to the forefront increases over time. The purpose of Digital Online is to keep our underwater world visible by displaying its hidden beauties and to exemplify its importance to all life on Earth through the powers of its ecosystems.
The event has attained equal success with the non-divers who come to support the participating photographers and videographers at the Awards and Exhibition Opening Night. Whether it’s through discussion or articles brought to our readers through our free quarterly magazine, ‘Divers for the Environment’, the inspiration the event brings is a success in its own right.
RULES AND GUIDELINES
REGISTRATION AND UPLOADING ENTRIES
Good luck to everyone taking part in Digital Online 2020. Dive safely and have fun!
*NOTE: HOW PRIZES ARE AWARDED
Once the judging is complete, the winners will be able to choose a prize available to them on the list they will receive via email. Digital Online Judges award a 3-way point system to each photograph/video consisting of Technique, Composition and Impact which is added to give the photograph’s or video’s total grand score.
Best of show with the highest points will get first choice. 1st place winners by highest score will choose a prize before all other winners, 2nd place winners before 3rd place winners, etc. Please note, each individual can only win one prize or prize package.
Photographers may enter one photo per category.
MACRO (DSLR/MILC ONLY)
Definition: Photographs taken with close-up equipment, portraying underwater flora and/or fauna. The photographer may not crop the original more than 20%. The original image may be requested.
WIDE ANGLE (DSLR/MILC & COMPACT)
Definition: Photographs taken with a wide-angle lens (or adapters that provide an equal field-of-view), with or without human presence, portraying the natural beauty of the underwater environment.
BEST OF THE UAE (DSLR/MILC & COMPACT)
Definition: Any underwater subject taken in the UAE and the Musandam.
BLACK & WHITE (DSLR/MILC & COMPACT)
Definition: Black & white photography is timeless and elegant. Focus on tonal contrast, shapes and textures and the composition of the shot.
COMPACT CAMERA (COMPACT ONLY)
Definition: Point & shoot photographers only.
Videographers may enter one film.