The Underwater Tour Story so far…

Since 2018 the Underwater Tour has showcased and celebrated the wonder of the Underwater World, delivering inspiration, adventure and discovery to audiences in theatres around Australia.

The only touring speaker series of its kind, for one week of the year cofounders Juliette Myers and Tim Hochgrebe invite a small group of international speakers and marine scientists to jump on board, to tour together to present and share their images and stories from behind the lens live on stage.

With supporting partners on tour too, there’s the opportunity for everyone to mix and mingle as we tour Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne Adelaide and Perth.  We’re still planning Auckland!

What’s in store next time?  Be sure to subscribe to the Underwater Tour updates, and you’ll be the first to know!

While Tim and Juliette work towards the next Underwater Tour, let’s look back for a moment…

Guest Speakers 2018 

Jürgen FreundJason IsleyDr Richard SmithDarren Jew and Jasmine Carey

“I’d like to send you both congratulations on the successful Underwater Tour 2018.  Having run many Dive Show nights over the years you impressed me very much on the success of your concept”  Barry Andrewartha, Dive Log Magazine

Guest Speakers 2019

William Tan, Blackwater Photography Specialist

National Geograhic photo journalists

Jennifer Hayes and David Doubilet

“It was an amazing and informative evening. Worth every cent. I took away so many new ideas from the evening. I look forward to next year!”

Guest Stars 2021

Dr Richard Smith, Janet Lanyon and Aaron Wong

2020 was postponed to be rescheduled in its entirety to 2021 which proved another challenging year for touring.  We created a hybrid event incorporating three guest star spotlight feature films, a live streamed online event with guest stars in conversation together and the announcement of the Underwater Tour Awards 2021!

The Underwater Tour Awards Ceremony 2022

18 Dec 2022:  The winners of the third annual Underwater Tour Awards have been announced.  The prestigious annual international competition encourages and inspires passion for photography, exploration and discovery from behind the lens and helps raise awareness of the world’s incredible, fragile marine and aquatic inhabitants and their environments.  For the first time the Underwater Tour Awards partnered with environmental education and action organisation, Take 3, and introduced a new novice category, The take 3 for the Sea Contest.  Proceeds from registration fees and additional donations were given to Take 3.

​Led by Convenor Darren Jew, Canon Master and six-time winner of the AIPP’s Professional Nature Photographer of the Year, the international judging panel: Amanda Blanksby, William Tan, Dr Richard Smith, Russell Ord and Brett Lobwein judged hundreds of images submitted by photographers from all over the world.

Each year the competition grows, and we are delighted with the high calibre of submissions.  The finalists’ gallery takes us on a remarkable underwater tour, showcasing the fine work of competing underwater wildlife photographers and celebrating the natural wonders of the underwater world.

And the winners are …