DUC Photographic Shootout


South Africa’s premier underwater photographic competition with international judges and incredible prizes!

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South Africa’s premier underwater photographic competition with international judges and incredible prizes!

The competition is run annually and is organized by the club. The competition shooting period is over 6 months and is open to all levels of photographer, from NOVICE to PRO. The club has over the years, established strong relationships with photographic suppliers and top international and local photographers. In this way, the DUC underwater photographic club is a portal to invaluable tips and information about techniques, equipment together with preferential pricing! Any trips, dives, talks or workshops are advertised to members and non – members through FB and email newsletter – so be sure to like DUC FB page and ensure you are on the DUC mailing list.


The Durban Undersea Club, with the generous support of committed sponsors and dedicated volunteers, is proud to host the 10th DUC Shootout.

The DUC Shootout seeks, through a visual medium to:

  • promote inland and coastal waters of Southern Africa as diving destinations,
  • promote an understanding and appreciation of the diversity and beauty of the underwater world and
    the need to preserve it,
  • celebrate the already high standard of underwater photography in the wider diving community and
    encourage the growth of underwater photography,
  • promote the discovery, understanding, and responsible enjoyment of the underwater world, and
    encourage innovation and creativity whilst maintaining excellence in underwater photography.




Additional information

Competition Level




The Durban Undersea Club Shootout (“the DUC Shootout”) aims to be one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind, attracting entries from professionals and amateurs, worldwide. The Durban Undersea Club invites entries to the DUC Shootout from amateur and professional photographers. The images entered in the competition may be featured in various media and/or exhibitions to increase awareness of the beauty of the Southern African underwater world and the promotion of South Africa as a diving destination.

Shooting must take place in the natural inland and coastal waters of Southern Africa. Rivers, lakes, lagoons, springs, rock pools and quarry’s are defined as “natural inland waters”. Swimming pools and aquariums are
not defined as natural inland waters.

Southern Africa is defined as Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Lesotho.


It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that they have read and abided by the DUC Shootout Rules and General Guidelines on Editing (collectively “the Rules”). By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Rules, and warrants that their entry complies with the requirements of the DUC Shootout.
Any entry found not to comply with the Rules will be disqualified.

No refunds or allowances will be made in such instances and any prizes will be forfeited.
The decision of the DUC Shootout Organizing Committee on all matters relating to the DUC Shootout is final and binding. No negotiation will be considered.


  • The competition is open to all photographers.
  • The event is organized by a committee of volunteers who are not eligible to enter the competition and may not judge images or videos.
  • The panel of judges is not eligible to enter and is comprised of various photography experts and industry professionals


Only paid up competitors are allowed to enter the competition. The shooting period is between 1st
November 2020 and 31 July 2021 (inclusive).Images taken outside of the shooting period will be
disqualified. Set your camera/camcorder for the current date and time – there is no special date for the contest period.

Submitted images may be audited. You may not enter the same image in more than one category. Entrants may not submit images across various categories – all submissions must be for the same category, for example, you can’t enter an image in Novice and one in Advanced.

Should there not be enough entries in a specific category, the DUC Shootout Organizing Committee has the right to merge similar categories or cancel the category. Contestants must enter the category that applies to you. Please read the category definitions carefully to understand the requirement. Entrants who enter the incorrect category will be disqualified.



  • Entries must be digital files.
  • Images that are to be judged (your “ENTRY FILE”) must be submitted as .JPEGs or .TIFF, saved at a high quality level, i.e. at least 10 in Photoshop, Adobe RGB (1998) and must be the original dimensions of the camera file size, the organizers will determine the crop percentage based on the original. . (MAXIMUM 50MB per processed image in .JPG or .TIFF)
  • Do not include borders, watermarks or signatures on the image.
  • Along with your images to be judged, you must submit the original RAW file or original unedited JPEG ( your original file). DNG files are only permitted if DNG is the native RAW format of the camera. All submissions must correctly display your CATEGORY and ENTRANT NUMBER (refer to the
    section: “Naming of Submissions”).


  • Any identical or similar image into more than one category.
  • Any similar image in a category (don’t ask the judges to choose which one is better).
  • Images of restrained animals
  • Images of animal models or any other animals being exploited for profit
  • Images of captive animals
  • Images created using live bait.
  • Images that have been awarded in any national or international competition at the time of entry.


The preferred method for submission of images or video is via Dropbox, however it is noted that this may not be practical in certain instances (for example from entrants with limited internet access in, say, Mozambique).

The DUC Organizing Committee will create a DUC dropbox account for submissions with a folder for each entrant. Each entrant will receive an invitation to their particular dropbox folder so that they may upload images/video to the relevant dropbox. The benefit of using dropbox is it provides an audit trail for the DUC

Organising Committee of all submissions and it reduces the risk of loss of submissions.

For those with limited internet access entries may be submitted by:

  • Delivery of a CD or DVD with images noting that only one entrant per CD or DVD is permitted.
  • CD entries MUST be delivered at Durban Undersea Club by close of business on specified closing date for entries.
  • No late entries will be accepted. It is the responsibility of the entrant to get the submission to the Durban Undersea Club in order to be judged. Entries submitted on DVD or CD should be labeled with the
    Postal entries to be posted to: Durban Undersea Club, P O BOX 38162, Point, Durban, 4069 and marked
    for the attention of Paul Smit.


Name your original file as follows:

ORG.Category Abbreviation_ Contestant #_submissionr#

Name your entry file as follows:

Category Abbreviation _ Contestant #_submission#

Category Abbreviations:
• Novice – NOV
• Intermediate – INT
• Advanced – ADV
• Pro – PRO


Ethical standards

Any breach of the below Ethical standards will constitute a breach of the Rules:

  • Entrants must be mindful of the welfare of animals and safe-guarding the environment and ensure that they do not do anything to injure or distress any animals or destroy their habitat in an attempt to secure an image.
  • Entrants are responsible for ensuring full compliance with any legislation, for example in the case of protected species, governing the country in which the image has been taken and in securing any relevant permits that may be required (which, if including a person, may include the subject’s permission), and which should be made available on request by the DUC Shootout Organising Committee. If the

Shootout Organising Committee suspect that an image has been achieved through the use of cruel or unethical practices, the entry will be disqualified and the Shootout Organising Committee reserve the right to report the entrant to the applicable authorities.

Behaviour of Entrants

The DUC Organising Committee has adopting the Conservation Rules established by EPIC®. Marine life should never be stressed or endangered for the sake of an image. Conservation rules will apply to all entries, and decisions will be final. Entries suspected of exhibiting the following behavior 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.
  • Marine life being touched.
  • Divers exhibiting poor buoyancy control.

Complaints from other divers about a diver exhibiting any of the above will be considered seriously and investigated and the environmental judges’ decision on this is final.


All entrants agree that, if their entry is awarded, they will participate in related publicity and agree to the use of their name and likeness for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity of the DUC Shootout without additional compensation.

Copyright and reproduction

Each entry must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. Each entrant must either be the sole owner of the copyright or have secured the written permission of the copyright owner to enter the image into the DUC

Shootout and grants the Shootout Organising Committee
the rights detailed below.

The copyright in all images submitted to the Shootout Organising Committee will remain with the copyright holder.
By entering the DUC Shootout, each entrant grants to the Shootout Organising Committee a non-exclusive irrevocable license to reproduce, publish and communicate to the public by any means and exhibit their awarded image(s) and copies of their awarded image(s) in all media throughout the world in relation to the

DUC Shootout including but not limited to all use in the context of:
• judging the Competition,
• inclusion within the Shootout Organising Committee Websites, including within interactive elements associated with the DUC Shootout (now known or hereafter created) available for viewing or download from the Shootout Organising Committee’s Websites, and
• inclusion in promotional, press and marketing materials relating to the DUC Shootout.

Awarded images may be used by the Shootout Organising Committee for the purposes of the DUC Shootout from the date of notification of awarded images and thereafter the Shootout Organising Committee may keep the awarded images within an archive (electronic or otherwise) provided that should the images be used in connection with the DUC Shootout after the period of five (5) years following the notification of awarded
images, permission will be sought from the photographers.


Proof of electronic submission is not proof of receipt by the Shootout Organizing Committee. The Shootout Organizing Committee regret that they cannot accept liability for any loss or damage of any image entered into the DUC Shootout howsoever caused nor for any other loss or damage resulting therefrom. The Shootout Organising Committee regret that they cannot accept liability for the misuse of images and/or
failure of any third party to comply with the DUC Shootout guidelines.
Non-awarded digital images entered into the DUC Shootout will not be returned by the Shootout Organising Committee after the names of awarded photographers are announced. Except where expressly stated elsewhere in the Rules, the Shootout Organising Committee regret that, to the fullest extent permitted by law, they cannot accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered by any entrant in relation to the DUCShootout and the use of any prize.