Since the Amateurs category was especially created for beginners, only compact digital camera system owners can participate in this category. Images taken with DSLR systems cannot be submitted to this category.
A single image taken during January 1st- November 1st, 2016, should be submitted to this category.
- 1st prize - $1,500 USD check, courtesy of Unterwasser Magazine
- 2nd prize - FG 16 Housing for Canon compact G16, courtesy of Fantasea Line
- 3rd prize - 7-night holiday for 1 person at the Manta Ray Bay in Yap, including 5 diving days
Amateurs Category Winner - Marcus Commodore, Thailand