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Welcome to the Digital Shootout event coverage website! Uniquely awesome, the Digital Shootout is the world's best learning event for underwater photographers wanting to take their skills to the next level. Every June, underwater image-makers from around the globe gather to learn, share and get inspired over a two-week period. This year's host resort, Little Cayman Beach Resort, welcomed us back with open arms and smiling faces. Our group of 70 guests and 20 staff took over their resort, buzzing daily with chatter about scuba diving, photography gear, shooting techniques and best editing practices. Assembling the industry's top professionals to share their techniques and tips is one of the reasons the Digital Shootout is uniquely awesome. Our staff to guest ratio ensures ample small group and one-on-one time to share concepts and techniques.

Little Cayman diving is some of the very best in the Caribbean and did not disappoint. Regular encounters with Nassau grouper, Southern stingrays, Hawksbill turtles and barracuda kept the wide-angle shooters enthralled, while the macro enthusiasts went on the hunt for the jawfish, blenny or basslet with the perfect pose. Having a wide variety of marine critters to photograph in warm, clear waters makes Little Cayman an ideal location to hone one's image capturing skills. The first week of the Shootout is geared toward the photographer who wants a little extra time to dial-in their diving, get acquainted with a new camera system or just extend their holiday. The second week of the Shootout is hit-the-ocean-finning, filled with daily diving, seminars and image critiques, then repeat all week on the fast track to improved underwater imaging.

Visit our GEAR TESTS page for reviews by our on-location pros of the latest cameras and accessories.

Even while learning, we like to have FUN! Check out the SHOOTOUT LIFE section to experience the diving, the learning and the camaraderie shared by this amazing group of passionate image-makers.

While it's called the Digital Shootout, the focus of this event is learning. Our participants range from budding beginner to veteran shutterbug, and regardless of skill level, everyone goes home having learned something new. Year after year, the organizers – Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo and Under Exposures – collect some amazing prizes to award at the event's end when even the budding beginner has gained skill and confidence to enter into our friendly competition. You'll find beautiful imagery in photos and videos that depict the wonders of the ocean in the CONTEST RESULTS section.

JOIN US in 2020 for the 19th annual Digital Shootout, held in Bonaire at the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort! Whether new to the Shootout or a long-time friend, the camaraderie amongst like-minded individuals is second to none! See you in Bonaire!

There's nothing wrong with looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you've been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.
— Dave Barry

Choose one of the following sections to discover more about this year's Digital Shootout.