Submission Guidelines for Shutter Shark 2017

Shutter Shark Rules and Guidelines

  1. The Nova Southeastern University Shutter Shark underwater photography contest is open to all students registered between January 1, 2017 and April 21, 2017.
  2. All entries must be received by midnight on Friday, April 21st, 2017.
  3. Submissions can be made online through NSU Works. By creating a free account you will be able to upload your pictures directly into our system. Also, you can view and edit your submissions anytime during the submission period.
  4. All photographs should have a marine science related composition.
  5. Photos will not be accepted in which animals, plants or objects have been staged. No pool or aquarium shots will be accepted.
  6. By submitting your photos, you are stating that no species were harassed or harmed nor were ecosystems disturbed or damaged in the process of obtaining your photo. Violators of this rule will not be allowed in this or future contests.
  7. There is no limitation on the date the photo was taken however photos that have won previous contests are not eligible.
  8. Images may be optimized (i.e. adjusted while maintaining the integrity of the image), but not altered such that an image does not reflect the actual subject matter.
  9. This is an amateur contest (defined as photographers who earn less than 20% of their income from their photography).
  10. Photos will be judged anonymously by marine scientists and local underwater photographers. All decisions will be final.
  11. Ownership and copyrights of all submitted photos remain with the photographer. However, NSU reserves the right to publish the winning photos without compensation for educational and promotional purposes including, but not limited to, publication on the NSU website, NSUWorks, in brochures or for future contest promotion. The winning photographs will also be printed as part of an exhibit within the NSU community.
  12. Proper credit will be given to all winners.
  13. Contestants are limited to 2 entries per category. The same photo cannot be submitted to multiple categories. Maximum file size is 2GB.
  14. Contestants are responsible for choosing the most appropriate category for their submissions. Photographs submitted to the wrong category will be automatically disqualified.
  15. Digital images should be a minimum of 150 dpi at 8.5 X 11 inches in order to enlarge to 11 X 14 inches.
  16. Video submission can be no longer than 30 seconds long. No sounds or music should be added to the clip. If the file does have audio, it should only be the natural sounds that occurred during the filming of the video. Due to copyright, there cannot be any music playing in the background on the film.
  17. All categories including video may be submitted in full color or black and white. Videos may be compilations but must have a standard theme.


  1. Conservation - An image that focuses on the marine environment and conservation which illustrates the human impacts on marine life. The image should address a marine environmental issue and convey a real-world message; may be taken underwater or topside. Please include a short description of your picture as to how it relates to the theme.
  2. Macro - An image shot with a macro lens/attachment (dSLR's) or using the macro setting (point-and-shoot). Examples include: fishes (gobies, blennies, juveniles), macroalgae, coral polyps, crustaceans, and other benthic creatures and close-ups of large animals i.e., eyes, textures, patterns, etc.
  3. Invertebrate - An image that contains a marine invertebrate predominantly in the image.
  4. Vertebrate - An image that contains a marine vertebrate predominantly in the image.
  5. Seascape - An underwater or topside marine landscape photograph.
  6. 30 Second Video - A marine related video that is no longer than 30 seconds long. This video cannot contain any additional sound or music. A short description of the video is required depicting the story that the video tells. Video should be submitted as an MP4.