The Philippines is ready to welcome back dive tourists and sustain its position as the world’s leading dive destination as the Anilao Underwater Shootout (AUS) will soon commence again.
The Anilao Underwater Shootout has been dubbed the ‘World Cup of Underwater Photo Competitions’ since its first edition in 2013 in Mabini, Batangas, to promote Anilao as a premier underwater photography destination.
Also, to gather the most illustrious local and international divers and photographers in one venue.
In its 2018 edition, over 220 contestants from 23 countries participated in the event.
The competition will be held in Anilao, Batangas, on December 1- 5, Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said during the Sixth Philippine Deep Blue episode organized by DOT and Dive Philippines.
“The Anilao Underwater Shootout is not only a competition but also a platform to communicate to the world the importance of safeguarding our delicate reefs and marine ecosystems for future generations,” Puyat said.
Since the dive destinations are consistent with its gradual and safe reopening, organizers of the Shootout are preparing to showcase the Philippines’ vibrant diving industry anew.
The organizers will also gather the divers, professional and amateur underwater photographers, and marine enthusiasts from around the globe.
Comprising this year’s panel of judges are renowned underwater photographers Mike Bartick, Scott Gutsy Tuason, and William Tan, along with Underwater360 Group founder John Thet.
Winners across the competition’s 11 categories will be awarded prizes from underwater photography gear brands Nauticam, Scubalamp, AOI, XDEEP, Crest, and Fourth Element.
To safeguard Anilao’s unique and critical ecosystem, AUS will continue to implement a “no marine life manipulation” policy. This strict guideline has set standards for other underwater photography competitions in the world.
The local community of Anilao will also be briefed to remind guests to follow proper underwater conduct and sign a code of conduct accord before the event.
Other local dive destinations that have already re-opened include Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro; Malapascua, Cebu; Dauin, Negros Oriental; and Anilao, Batangas.