May 5, 2012

Alor Divers (AD) Photo Contest 2012

This year (2012) Alor Divers Eco Dive Resort is launching an annual Under Water Photo Competition, reserved for the guests of Alor Divers.
The photographers can submit their UW photos in two categories:
1 Portofolio : must include three (3) wide angle shots and three (3) macro shots. The wide angle photos can also comprise half/half shots.
2 Best photo : includes only one UW photo, which can be of any type and technique.
Prize for each winner will be a 9 night stay with Alor Divers Eco Dive Resort and it can be claimed within 3 years upon receiving the prize.
The competition for year 2012 will close on 31 Dec and the photos can be submitted until 15 Jan 2013. Entries can be emailed to
Judging will take place for 1 month after 15. Jan and will be done by an experienced photographers. For 2012 it will be Mr. Olivier Isnard you can see some of his work at:   & Mrs Muriel Olivier
The winning photos of two categories will be published in Alor Divers Blog, Website and Facebook page.

1- The photographers can compete only with the photos that were taken in Alor, during a stay at Alor Divers Eco Resort, during the year of the running competition. (for UW Photo Competition  2012 the photos have to be from year 2012, etc)
2 - The images must be owned by the person entering the competition.
3 - The same photographer cannot win the 2 categories.
4 - Please limit your image to a maximum file size of 300 KB per image
-  Before prizes are sent, winners will be required to submit their photo in raw format.
5 - The submits and winner images can be used by Alor Divers royalty free for promoting their services including web site, press releases, magazine articles, brochures, etc without the need for full credit to the photographer .
6 - Of course, the images will be sign with the name of the photographer.
7 - The image will NOT be sold on to any third party
8 - Entries suspected of exhibiting the following behaviour will be disqualified: 

-Divers visibly damaging the environment (e.g. gear dragging or kicking up sand).
-Animals with signs of stress (e.g. puffed puffers, inking octopus).
-Animals moved to an unnatural environment or risky location.
- Animals being fed (especially with artificial food from divers).
- Marine life being touched (e.g. coral polyps, seahorse tails).
- Divers exhibiting poor buoyancy contro

* Image Manipulation Rules:
-No image manipulation is allowed, other than the type of full-frame manipulations which happen during the computer processing of raw images, the creation of in-camera JPEGs, or the scanning of slides or negatives. These include minor full-frame changes to white balance, brightness, contrast, colour, saturation, and sharpening.
-In addition, minor traditional darkroom style manipulations are allowed, including cropping, B&W conversion, and dodging and burning with large, basic brushes. Complex manipulations requiring masks, advanced elements like the healing tool or clone tool, and precise brushes are not allowed. Burning simple backscatter out of a black background with a coarse brush is allowable; precisely healing backscatter in a complex background is not.