Wetsuited competitors based at Lembeh Resort in Indonesia go head to head with their drysuited opponents at Gulen Dive Resort in Norway, with non-competitors invited to follow live reporting of the action, and to get involved by voting for their favourite images online

The three rounds in the contest are Nudibranchs, Fish/Invertebrates and Wide-Angle, and event organiser Wetpixel.com emphasises that the event observes the “highest possible ethical standards”.

Participants and guides are not allowed to touch chosen subjects,and presenting any image depicting behaviours, positions or subjects in locations that do not occur naturally will result in disqualification.

Team Lembeh won the first Shootout by a narrow margin, and team captain Alex Mustard MBE will be keen to retain the title, says the organiser, while Team Gulen’s captain Keri Wilk will want to motivate his team-members to find that extra inspiration to even the score this year.

Follow the action here.

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