How to Submit a Photo to POTW

Any Southern California diver may submit one underwater photo from the previous week to be included. For digital photographers, the photo must be from the previous week; for film photographers, the photo should be from either the previous week or your most recent roll of film (but not from 3 months ago!). Digital photos that are up to a couple weeks old will be accepted if you were traveling and are just now able to get the photos in.

In general, each new Photos of the Week will be published on/about Wednesday and will cover the week prior, including the weekend that just ended. Specifically, unless it's a long holiday weekend, the previous week will be from Monday morning to Sunday night, with the webpage published the following Wednesday.

It's generally best if you send your original, full-size image file. If you are an experienced photo editor and wish to do your own editing, then you may send horizontal images at 576 pixels wide (8 inches at 72 dpi) or vertical images at 504 pixels high (7 inches at 72 dpi) and in JPEG format at quality 6/10 or 8/12.

Photo watermarks are at the your discretion, although we reserve the right to not use photos that are more watermark than photo.

Please include your full name, the specific location where the shot was taken, the approximate depth it was taken at (if you know it), the date it was taken, and an identification of the photo subject(s). Please also include camera setup information.

If one or more persons (divers) are visible in your photo, please identify them by full name. They will be named in the published POTW page.

Please send photos via email to John Moore; if you do not know how to do that, then please use the Divebums contact form to make first contact.

Once you have submitted your first photo to POTW, you will be added to an email list which is used to send out a weekly "Call for Photos".

About Copyright

Photos submitted remain the copyright of the submitting photographer. Divebums claims no rights other than to use the photo on, which may include use in the Field Identification section of this site.

Divebums is frequently contacted by third parties wishing to make use of photos found in Photos of the Week. All such requests are forwarded to the individual photographers for them to act on as they see fit. Divebums does not grant usage permission or rights to anyone on behalf of the photographers.