After a two-year hiatus, Anilao’s thriving marine life will once again take the spotlight under and above the sea in the 2021 Anilao Underwater Shootout (AUS) Redux, slated on December 1 to 5, 2021.

This was announced by Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat recently during the 6th Philippine Deep Blue episode organized by DOT and Dive Philippines.

“Anilao Underwater Shootout is not only a competition but a platform to communicate to the world the importance of safeguarding our delicate reefs and marine ecosystems for future generation,” Romulo-Puyat said.

The 2021 AUS will showcase the country’s rich and vibrant diving industry. Amid being the hardest hit sector in this pandemic, the tourism industry gears up to welcome back hundreds of divers, professional and amateur underwater photographers, and marine enthusiasts from around the globe.

To safeguard Anilao’s unique and critical ecosystem, AUS will continue to implement a “No Marine Life Manipulation Policy”, a strict guideline that has set standards for other underwater photography competitions in the world.  

According to competition director Oliver Ang, the set rules and point system combined with the expertise of highly experienced judges from various fields are in place to discourage manipulated images. 

The local community of Anilao will also be briefed to remind guests to follow proper underwater conduct, and are then asked to sign a “code of conduct” prior to the event.  

Since its inception seven years ago, the Anilao Underwater Shootout has been dubbed as the ‘World Cup of Underwater Photo Competitions’. Its first edition was held in 2013 at Mabini, Batangas to promote Anilao as a premier underwater photography destination. 

This shootout event is one of its kind in gathering the most illustrious local and international divers and photographers in one venue. In its 2018 edition, over 220 contestants from 23 countries all over the world participated in the event.

Marine biologists, renowned editors, and award-winning photographers are invited to serve as a panel of judges across the 11 categories.    

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