Thank you for your interest in REEF's 2020 Underwater Photography Contest. The photo submission period has ended. Please visit this page to view the winners of this years contest.

Photo Categories

REEF members may submit three photos from each of five different categories:
Fish Portrait: A portrait shot of fish only. Portrait shots usually focus on one fish and can be of its whole body or framed tightly around its head.
Macro: Shots that are extremely close up, making the subject appear larger than life size.
Invertebrates: Images featuring a marine invertebrate.
REEF Theme: Photos involving something REEF themed, examples are REEF survey dives, REEF events or activities, creative REEF "surveys" from home, etc.
Reefscape/Habitat/Environment: These photos must be of a marine environment or reefscape. They do not have to be underwater but must be marine focused, examples are over/under shots, mangroves, topside water shots, etc.

Guidelines for Entry

  • Contestants should submit photos to in a high resolution .JPEG file, labeled as follows: Name.Category.Name of Photo.Location of Photo. Photos that do not follow the label guidlines will not be accepted.
  • Please include contact information in your submission.
  • All entries must be received by 12:00pm EDT on July 31.
  • There is no fee to participate.
  • The 2020 Photo Contest winners will not be featured in a Calendar but will be featured on REEF’s website, social media and other communications channels.

Rules and Policies

● Submissions are for REEF members only. If you are not a REEF member, please join here:
● Photographers can enter any and all of the five categories (described above), submitting no more than 3 photos per category.
● Photos do not have to be underwater but must be marine focused.
● Photos taken as a result of harassment to marine life that could be harmful to the subject may be disqualified at the our discretion.
● To ensure anonymity in judging, please do not watermark your images.
● All photos submitted must follow all guidelines set by REEF. REEF reserves the right to disqualify any photos deemed unfit.


Judging will be from Aug 1-9. Submissions will be judged by a popular vote in each of five categories with the photos receiving the most votes winning in their respective categories. The winning photos and photographers will be annouced the week following the judging.

Image Usage

Copyright of all photos submitted are maintained by the author. REEF reserves the right to reproduce all submitted photos for training and conservation programming with photo credit.

2019 Winners

Please visit to see all 2019 winning photos.

The July 2020 - December 2021 Calendar featuring 2019 winners is here! Please see below for the downloadable file.