The iSimangaliso Sodwana Bay Shootout has entry categories for all, with novice through expert categories. Please update yourself on event rules and guidelines below.

Categories

Still Photography

Novice

A Novice should have less than 2 years photographic experience.

  • Novice Underwater (NU) – photographers are required to submit a portfolio of 2 wide-angle images or 2 macro images or a portfolio with a combination of both macro and wide-angle images.
  • Novice Landscape (NL) – photographers are required to submit a portfolio of 2 wide-angle images or 2 macro images or a portfolio with a combination of both macro and wide-angle images.

Intermediate

This category is for photographers that have no more than 5 years experience in capturing images underwater and on land. An Intermediate photographer may not have been placed first overall in ANY major photographic competitions (if you have, you need to enter advanced).

  • Intermediate Underwater (IU) – photographers are required to submit a portfolio of 3 wide-angle images or 3 macro images or a portfolio with a combination of both macro and wide-angle images.
  • Intermediate Landscape (IL) – photographers are required to submit a portfolio of 3 wide-angle images or 3 macro images or a portfolio with a combination of both macro and wide-angle images.

Advanced

This category is for competitors that do not fall into either the Novice or Intermediate category.

  • Advanced Underwater (AU) – photographers are required to submit a portfolio of 5 wide-angle images or 5 macro images or a portfolio with a combination of both macro and wide-angle images.
  • Advanced Landscape (AL) – photographers are required to submit a portfolio of 5 wide-angle images or 5 macro images or a portfolio with a combination of both macro and wide-angle images.

NB: Macro: any image of a 15x10cm or smaller picture area. Wide Angle: any image larger than a 15x10cm picture area.

Marine ID Images (MI)

  • This is a new category and is open to all those divers that feel that they don’t want to compete in any of the above categories.
  • The emphasis in this category is education.
  • This year a “Nudibranch Hunt” will be on. See how many different nudibranchs you can capture with your camera.
  • Name the species with the correct scientific name and also record the depth and reef name where the photo was captured.
  • The contestant with the most different and correctly named species will be the winner.
  • This category is a fun and educational category with no emphasis on the quality of the photos.

Creative (CT)

  • This category is open to all entrants and may be underwater or land based or a combination of the two.
  • There is no restriction on editing.
  • The emphasis in this category must be a positive conservation message.
  • The more creative, the better.
  • All photographs must be taken during the Sodwana Shootout.
  • All entrants may enter 1 free image in this category.

Videography

Music or Documentary Video (UV)

  • Entrants may produce a music or documentary video making use of underwater footage shot over the period of the Sodwana Shootout dates.
  • Entrants may use any music, but no copyrighted music may be used. All entries with copyrighted music will not be considered for judging.
  • Duration: maximum 3 minutes.

Caught in the Act Video (CV)

  • Another fun-filled video category where the hunt is on.
  • This category is for unedited, caught in the act videos.
  • Look out for behaviour, predation, symbiosis etc. and capture it on video.
  • The emphasis in this category is not quality but the special behaviour of marine life.
  • The video must tell its own story.
Rules for 2017

Download the Rules and Guidelines PDF.

Conservation Rules

We have adopted the Conservation Rules established by EPIC. Marine life should never be stressed or endangered for the sake of a photo or video clip. Conservation rules will apply to all entries and decisions will be final.

Entries suspected of exhibiting the following behaviour will be disqualified:

  • Divers visibly damaging the environment
  • Animals with signs of stress
  • Animals moved to an unnatural environment or risky location
  • Animals being fed
  • Marine life being touched
  • Diver exhibiting poor buoyancy control

Independent observers will randomly observe divers underwater for any misconduct. All entrants have to wear a disc with their entry number on it as to be easily identified by the observers.