​2016 FSDA Florida State U/W Photo & Video Championships

 Calling all Florida U/W Photographers and Videographers! 

Enter the FSDA 2016 Florida State U/W Photo & Video Contest held in conjunction with Reef Monitoring Inc. and the Guy Harvey Lionfish Safari.  Winners announced and prizes awarded on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Guy Harvey Outpost in St. Pete Beach Florida.  www.GuysLionFishSafari.com

Do not have to have to be present at awards ceremony to obtain prizes.
All participants will receive a Guy Harvey Lionfish T-Shirt!

September 9-11, 2016

​Theme and Categories:

1) Macro Underwater Photo – any underwater photo where the subject is recorded as lifesize or greater.
2) Wide-Angle Underwater Photo - any underwater photo that shows a wider angle of view than the human eye (35mm focal length), including over-under shots (half in the water, half out) and close-focus wide-angle photos.
3) Compact Underwater Photo - any underwater photos taken with a compact camera.  Compact cameras includes Point & Shoot cameras, GoPros and any camera with a fixed lens.  Both marco and wide-angle shots welcomed.  Compact photographers can enter in any of the photo categories, this just gives you a separate category without DSLR photos to compete in.  
4) Underwater Video – any underwater video showing the beauty of the ocean, marine life, etc of our Florida waters.  
​5) Lionfish Removal Underwater Video – any underwater video showing the removal of invasive Lionfish from our local reefs. This can include them being speared, killed and captured.
Participants are allowed 1 submission per category.  


​1.) Photos and Videos must be shot in Florida waters.
2.) Timeframe – Photos and Videos must be taken within last year (Aug 2015-August 2016); we want to see your newest work.
3.) Photos and Videos cannot have previously placed (1st, 2nd or 3rd) in any major contest that offered prizes of monetary value.
4.) Contest entries must be submitted by midnight Friday Aug 26th.  
5.) Entry fee is $35, which covers submissions in all five categories.  
6.) 1st Place Winners in each category will receive trophies.  Prizes will be awarded to those that place 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category. 
7.) Winners will pick from prizes based on the total combined judge’s score per winning entry. Participants do not have to be present at awards ceremony to receive prize.  

​Registration, Online Payment and Photo/Video Submission: 

​Contest entry fee is payable via Paypal below:
2016 FSDA Photo & Video Contest
Submittable will be used for contest submissions.  You will need to create a user account.  Once user account is created, submit your image/video for each category you want to compete in.  You can track the acceptance of your submissions also.  Please click button below to get started with your submissions:

Sponsors and Prizes To Be Annouced

Over $4,500 in Prizes awarded in 2015 contest!

Check out 2015 Winners & Prizes

​Sponsors and Prizes

Blackbeard's Cruises offers liveaboard scuba vacation packages to the outer Bahamas islands, along with a huge variety of diving - sharks, walls, reefs and more. Blackbeard's is sponsoring a week-long liveaboard scuba adventure!  www.blackbeard-cruises.com
Fantasea Line is an international company that is dedicated to developing, manufacturing and marketing creative and affordable products with a special focus on water-sports, diving and underwater photography equipment.  Offering years of experience and expert advice on cameras, housings, strobes and accessories.  Fantasea Line has contributed one of their FRX100 lll housings for the Sony RX100 3 high end compact camera, arguably the best compact camera in the market today!   www.fantasea.com and www.sonydive.com
Bay Photo offers complete pro lab services to professional photographers throughout the United States and around the world. Whether you specialize in wedding, portrait, sport, school, landscape or other style of photography, our approach is to provide you with a large variety of professional printing and photo finishing solutions to help you maximize your efficiency and excel at your business.  Bay Photo is sponsoring over $500 worth of gift certificates (Various values & materials $100-$150 each) towards the printing of your underwater photos!   www.bayphoto.com
M/V Spree offers liveaboard scuba dive trips to the Dry Tortugas including the Vandenberg, Florida Keys Wreck Trek and also the Bahamas.  Their dive trips are geared towards U/W Photographers and Videographers. M/V Spree is sponsoring a $500 trip voucher towards one of their dive trips aboard the M/V Spree!    www.spreeexpeditions.com
Bigblue Dive Lights continues to be a market leader developing new underwater LEDlighting products for the Recreational, Technical, and Photo/Video dive
light user.  Our combination of illumination, light features, battery technology, and
reliability has made Bigblue the light of choice for commercial,
professional and recreational divers.  ​  Bigblue is sponsoring one of their photo/video lights (VTL2800P) and one of their easy release gloves. www.bigbluedivelights.com
Reef Photo & Video is the ultimate candy store for the underwater photographer or videographer. These Underwater Imaging Professionals are located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and serve the needs of underwater photographers and videographers.  Reef Photo & Video also offers many great Photo Workshops and Photo Dive Trips.  Reef Photo & Video is sponsoring a certificate for attendance to one of their Blue Heron Bridge Macro photo workshop classes.  This is an awesome underwater photography class!     www.reefphoto.com
Good Karma Productions is a local Florida business dedicated to providing high quality digital prints to both amateur and professional photographers. They print on a variety of media including, but not limited to canvas, photo paper, metallic paper… They also offer certified 100 year archival paper and canvas that is museum quality and each of these prints comes with a certificate of authenticity. Good Karma offers various ways to finish your photos including face mounted acrylic prints, canvas wraps, pictures mounted to 1/8” aluminum, gatorboard and traditional ready to frame photographs.  Good Karma Productions is sponsoring a gift certificate towards the printing of your favorite underwater photos!    www.thekarmagallery.com  www.facebook.com/thekarmagallery
​Ikelite is a USA based manufacturer located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Since 1962, they have dedicated themselves to quality product and innovation in underwater photography and lighting.  Ikelite is sponsoring one of their PC LED flashlights!   www.ikelite.com
NorCross Marine Products designs, engineers, and manufactures outdoor products under the HawkEye® & NorChill® brand names.  Working very closely with industry leaders to develop and deliver specialized products to fit a variety of needs for consumers around the world. Whether it's radically changing the way you enjoy your favorite pastime with our game changing new technologies, or reinventing our current product line, NorCross relentlessly pursue innovation in all aspects of our business. NorCross is sponsoring one of their NorChill coolers which makes a great dive boat camera bag and one of their HawkEye electronics!  www.norcrossmarine.com   www.hawkeyeelectronics.com    www.norchillcoolers.com
​Blue Water Life is focused on the promoting the beauty of the amazing underwater world below.  Specializing in Underwater Photography, Scuba Dive Trips and Travel, they are dedicated to promoting Underwater Photography on the west coast of Florida and help FSDA to run various U/W Photo & Video contests. Blue Water Life is sponsoring $250 towards gift certificates (Five $50 Divers Direct Gift Cards) for winners of this contestwww.bluewtrlife.com