Jean-Michel Cousteau will be the honorary president of the 37th World Festival of Underwater Pictures. We will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of his father, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, in presence of those who took part in the Calypso odyssey.

Author of The Cousteau team adventure in comics, Dominique Serafini will invite us to relive this journey with an exhibition of large-format reproductions of drawings.

This year a new category will be introduced: the Photo-Trio. This competition asks photographers to enter three digital photographs without any limitations on style. It’s open to everyone, professionals and amateurs, as are all the Festival competitions, but it is aimed more specifically at amateur participants who don’t have the possibility of entering a series of ten images each year, as required by the Portfolio category.
Participants in this new competition may also participate in other competitions in the Festival, as long as their images do not appear in two different categories.


Some reminders for the photographers


The Our World Underwater Scholarship Society prize will be attributed to a photo entered in one of the Festival competitions (colour print or black & white print) taken by a young photographer not more than 25 years old.
The prize of the French Conchology Association (AFC) and the Jorge Albuquerque” prize will be awarded either to an image entered in the Conchology competition itself or in the other photographic competitions (print, Portfolio, or Photo-Trio). The Andre Laban prize, the “Blue Passion” will reward an image entered in the “Colour Photo” category.
Attention, the Apnéa prize for the best photo of a free-diving subject is not a competition but a prize awarded to the best image on this theme in any of the different photo competitions (colour print, black and white print, Portfolio, or Photo-Trio). The same applies for the Ocean Geographic Society prize for the best image of a jellyfish. Keep this in mind when you are selecting your photos.