JOIN US FOR A WEEKEND OF UNDERWATER FUN IN MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA!
The Monterey Shootout is an underwater photo competition focused on fun, education, and the goal is to inspire new underwater image-makers. NCUPS has been running this weekend long event for 35 years. Are you new to underwater
photography or Monterey diving? Come meet a supportive group of die-hard Monterey divers, learn new shooting techniques in our shooting seminars, and maybe even discover a new dive site. Our friendly shooting competition not
only rewards advanced shooters with amazing prizes, but also bestows fantastic prizes to the newest shooters in the ranks. Add in a cocktail party supported by our sponsors and this is a weekend worth booking a flight and a hotel room to attend. The Monterey Shootout is open to all amateur photographers and/or videographers. Industry professionals, including those who lead photo trips, or refer to themselves as a "Professional Underwater Photographer" are not eligible to compete in the Monterey Shootout.
We will reward the best underwater video with great prizes! Regardless if you shoot a point & shoot camera, digital SLR with video capability, or a pro level HD system, we're asking our judges to award prizes based on content, not broadcast quality.
If you are a new underwater photographer, this is the category for you. In the spirit of rewarding new photographers, entries in this category are limited to photographers who have taken a camera diving less than 50 dives and have won less than $500 in prizes in any major underwater photography competition or have received less than $500 in payment for any underwater photography work. Our panel of judges reserve the right to eliminate any Beginner entries that they feel should have been entered in the Intermediate category based on the entrant's experience.
The spirit of the intermediate digital photo category is to reward anyone that has shot underwater more than 50 dives and has already received a few kudos or prizes in the past. If you've won a total of 3 prizes or less (first, second or third place) in a major competition and/or are not regularly selling your underwater photography this is the category for you. Our panel of judges reserve the right to eliminate any Intermediate entries that they feel should have been entered in the Advanced category based on the entrant's experience.
If you have received a total of 4 or more prizes (first, second or third place wins) in a major competition the advanced category is for you. Our prize point system will reward winners in this category with the highest points and thus the best prizes.