SoCal Shootout 2018

SEPTEMBER 14 - 16, 2018

 Shootout Rules | Previous Winners

Join all of Southern California's underwater photographers in a weekend-long photography extravaganza. Dive anywhere in Southern California and submit your photos from the weekend for a chance to win some amazing prizes!

Get out on a boat and dive!

Bluweater Photo's SoCal Shootout Boat Trips Include:

  • Friday & Saturday - 2-day Santa Barbara Island or San Clemente on the Pacific Star - SIGN UP HERE.
    • 2 full days of diving (board the boat thursday night)
    • Airfills, meals and snacks included, nitrox available
    • $329 for up to 9 dives (4 each day plus an optional night dive)
  • Sunday - Diving at the Oil Rigs on the Pacific Star - SIGN UP HERE.
    • $135 for 3 dives on the oil rigs - one of the most unique SoCal dive sites
    • Airfills and food included

Buy online, or Call (310) 633-5052 or email to purchase your ticket!

Photo & Video Categories

  • Wide-Angle open
  • Macro open
  • Behavior open
  • Portrait open
  • Mirrorless Wide-Angle
  • Mirrorless Macro
  • Compact Wide-Angle
  • Compact Macro
  • Video - unedited
  • Video - edited

DSLR Shooters must enter in the first four categories, Mirrorless camera shooters can enter in the 1st six categories, compact shooters can enter in the first four, and the final two categories.

SoCal Shootout Rules

This is a virtual competition, but submissions must be taken during the contest weekend in the ocean anywhere south of Point Conception, CA and north of the Mexico border - including the Channel Islands.  Diving by boat or beach is allowed, although we encourage you to get a seat on your local boat.

Registration will be open until Thursday Sept 13th at 5PM. We will be sending an official email to all registered participants on Thursday afternoon, September 13th, 2018 with instructions on setting camera date to a point in the future. Changing the camera's date will allow us to verify that photos have been taken during the Shootout timeframe. Photographers who register in the hours after the official email is sent out will receive the information as soon as we can process their registration, but this may be several hours.

Please register before Sept 12th to make sure you get the right t-shirt and all Shootout information!

All photo and video entries will be due by 11:59pm on Monday, September 17th, 2017.

  • We pledge to run this contest ethical and with integrity.  Judges will not know whose photos or videos they are judging.
  • You retain copyright to your photos, and winning photos will only be used by us when promoting this and future SoCal Shootout Competitions.
  • Please use our upload (ftp) form to submit your photo and video files in the appropriate formats, and for each entry chose one of our 10 categories.
  • Photo Format & Editing:  Submit entries in JPEG format, at least 2500 pixels at the longest length.   Only global changes are allowed as editing.  This includes exposure, white balance, saturation, contrast and clarity.  No cropping, backscatter removal, cloning, or any local adjustments are allowed.  RAW files will be required from all winners to verify date and editing rules.
  • Unedited Video Format & Editing:  Format must be .mp4, .mov, .m4v or wmv.  Each video must be a maximum of :60s in length and can be comprised of no more than a single clip with no transitions, titles, music, etc.  Color level and start/end point adjustment is ok.  Original formats will be required from all winners to verify date and editing rules that aren't carried over while reformatting.
  • Edited Video Format & Editing:   Format must be .mp4, .mov, .m4v or wmv.  Each video must be a maximum of 120 seconds in length, any music used must be copyright free.
  • Photos & Video must be taken underwater. Split shots ok. Starting above water and moving below water in one uncut shot is also OK.
  • All photos & video must have been taken on September 14th, 15th or 16th, 2018 with camera metadata set using the appropriate "secret date" that will be sent to all registrants.
  • Photos must be taken in the ocean south of Point Conception and north of the Mexican border or will be automatically disqualified.
  • Photos or video taken as a result of harassment to marine life that could be harmful to the subject may be disqualified at the judges' discretion. Fish in photos must be alive.
  • We encourage safe diving and cannot predict diving conditions in Southern California at the time of the contest.  Please use your dive training and common sense to dive safely and avoid injury.  Bluewater Photo is exempt from all liability whatsoever for any personal injury, property damage or wrongful death of divers registered for the contest.
  • A maximum of 8 photos or 3 videos may be submitted for judging per person. You can mix and match photo and video, each video entry is equivalent to 3 photos. So, for example, you can enter 5 photos and 1 video, or 2 videos and 2 photos.
  • A single photo may be entered in multiple categories, however it can only win once. If selected for a place by judges whichever is the higher placing score will be the final pick.

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See the 2017 SoCal Shootout Results!

SoCal Shootout Winners

Congratulations to Ralph Pace, 2016 "Best in Show" 

View the 2016 Winners:

View the 2015 Winners:

View the 2014 Winners:

View the 2013 Winners:

View the 2012 Winners

View the 2011 Winners

Getting excited to shoot? We hope so.

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