Underwater photography contest kicks off  

Dive spots in Cebu and the rest of the country will be in the spotlight again.

This, as the fourth Annual Splush-nud Underwater Photo Shootout (Snups) competition has started last May 2.

Organizers estimated 100 participants joined the Cebu leg. Around 30 percent of them are foreigners.

The registrants are required to submit their entries on May 5, the last day of the contest.

At stake were cash prizes of over $15,000 and camera housing set, with price ranges from $3,000 to $5,000. The winners of the competition will be known by first week of June and the awarding ceremony will be held in Manila.

The event was organized by Splash Underwater Imaging, Inc., distributor and service center for underwater imaging products for Philippines, in collaboration with the Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving and Cebu Provincial Government.

Jose Victor Santos, president of Splash, said the competition aims to promote the country’s tourism industry, lift environmental awareness, display photography skills, and provide international level underwater photography contest.

Among the famous dive spots in Cebu are Mactan Island, Malapascua Island, Moalboal, and Oslob.

Snups is an amateur competition which provides the participants to uplift the capability of young and aspiring photographers in a gradual process.

The competition has three classes: the beginner, compact, and the open class. “If you win in any of this class, you have to upgrade to another class the next time you join,” Santos said.

For those who win in the open class, they will have a chance to participate in the professional class that will officially start in the 2015 Snups competition.
The formal announcement of the professional class will be made during the awarding ceremony. The winner of the class will get a chance to work as a photojournalist of the organizer’s partner, Ocean Geographic Society Magazine.

Santos invited those diver-photographers to join in the competition. If they missed the Cebu leg, they can still join the Batangas leg on May 9-12.

Cebu and Batangas only served as the drop off points for the participants. They may take underwater photos anywhere in the country’s dive destinations but must be able to submit their entries on the last day of the competition.

Interested applicants may register online at www.snups.ph