2013 Ocean Art Contest Winners

Awarded over $80,000 in Prizes

 

Honorable Mentions are in no particular order. Winners get only 1 prize based on totalling points from all their winners photos, and winners had ranked their prize choices.

Complete list of winners at the bottom of this page

Special thanks to Tony Wu, Martin Edge, Marty Snyderman, Scott Gietler and Todd Winner for judging the competition. Read the judges' comments.

 

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Best of Show

Viktor Lyagushkin

Diver under the ice in Lazurny quarry, Russia. Story of the shot

Viktor won a trip package to Walindi, Loloata and the MV FeBrina liveaboard

 

Wide-Angle Category

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1st Place - Francis Perez

Freediver and bait ball in the Canary Islands. Story of the shot

Francis won a SMY Ondina liveaboard trip plus 50% off his guest

 

2nd Place - Domenico Roscigno

Feather duster worms on mooring line in Sorrento, Italy. Story of the shot

Domenico won a stay at Atlantis Resort, Philippines

 

3rd Place - Adriano Morettin

Jellyfish split-shot in Trieste, Italy. Story of the shot

Adriano won a stay at Maluku Divers, Indonesia

 

4th Place - Luis Javier Sandoval

Parrotfish over pink algae at Socorro Island

Luis won a stay at Juliana's Hotel and diving with Sea Saba

 

5th Place - Christian Schlamann

Freediver and whale shark, taken at Silver Banks, Dominican Republic. Story of the shot

Christian won an ultralight gift certificate

 

6th Place - Matej Simonic

Divers exploring the Nohoch Nah Chich cave in Yucatan, Mexico

Matej won a Bluewater Photo gift certificate

 

Honorable Mention - David Salvatori

Amazon dolphins in the Rio Negro, Amazon River basin, Brazil

 

Honorable Mention - Giordano Cipriani

A diver explores the intersection of two rivers in Mato Grosso do Sul, Bonito, Brazil

 

Honorable Mention - Uwe Schmolke

Crocodile in a cenote in the Yucatan, Mexico

 

 

Macro Category

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1st Place - Jeffrey Milisen

Pelagic octopus 5 miles off the coast of Kona, Hawaii. Story of the shot

Jeff won a stay at Kosrae Nautilus Resort, Micronesia for two

 

2nd Place - Ping Ying Wu

Three juvenile flying fish relect near the surface in northeast Taiwan

Ping won a liveaboard trip with Sea Safari Cruises

 

3rd Place - Rene Zuch

Pipefish on coral in Moalboal, Philippines

Rene won an Acquapazza housing for the Sony RX-100

 

4th Place - Todd Bretl

Skeleton shrimp detail from Anilao, Philippines. Story of the shot

Todd won a DUI weight & trim package and gear bag

 

5th Place - Steven Kovacs

Hydroid with amphipods in Grand Cayman

Steven won a trip with AquaMarine Diving, Bali

 

Honorable Mention - Steven Kovacs

Juvenile pinnate batfish in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

 

Honorable Mention - Ping Ying Wu

Squid shot in northeast Taiwan

 

Honorable Mention - Guido Villani

Two blennies share a home in Maremorto lagoon, Italy

 

 

Cold Water Category

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1st Place - Viktor Lyagushkin

Diver under the ice in Russia. Story of the shot

viktor won a trip package to Walindi, Loloata and the MV FeBrina liveaboard

 

2nd Place - Tobias Friedrich

Iceburg and diver split-shot taken in the Tasiilaq fjord, east Greenland. Story of the shot

Tobias won a Ikelite DS161 Substrobe

 

3rd Place - Jo-Ann Wilkins

Jellyfish shot at Baranof island, Alaska. Story of the shot

Jo-Ann won a trip on the Nautilus Swell, British Columbia / Gwaii Haanas

 

4th Place - Viktor Lyagushkin

Beluga whale under chunks of ice, taken in Nilmoguba, Russia

Viktor won a trip package to Walindi, Loloata and the MV FeBrina liveaboard

 

5th Place - Jo-Ann Wilkins

Airplane wreck under the ice at Morrison quarry, Wakefield, Quebec. Story of the shot

Jo-ann won a trip on the Nautilus Swell, British Columbia / Gwaii Haanas

 

6th Place - Allison Vitsky Sallmon

Torpedo ray and blacksmith school at Farnsworth Banks, Catalina island, California. Story of the shot

Allison won a Bluewater Travel gift certificate

 

Honorable Mention - George Karbus

Dolphin swimming under a jellyfish in Burren, Ireland. Story of the shot

 

Honorable Mention - Allen D Walker

Blue shark taken at Canyon in Cape Town, South Africa

 

 

Portrait Category

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1st Place - Montse Grillo

Green sea turtle and sunrays shot in Tenerife (Canary Islands). Story of the shot

Montse won an Oceanic OCi dive computer

 

2nd Place - Mark Fuller

Seahorse portrait with backlighting in the Red Sea. Shot details

Mark won a ReefNet +5 or +10 diopter

 

3rd Place - Pedro Carillo

Caribbean Reef Shark spin shot, Bahamas

Pedro won an I-Torch Pro6 video/focus light

 

4th Place - Vanessa Mignon

Humpback whale eye contact, Vava'u, Tonga. Story of the shot

Vaness won an Ikelite Gamma light

 

5th Place - Allen Walker

Blacktip at dusk taken in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Allen won a Watershot housing for iPhone or Galaxy

 

Honorable Mention - Pietro Formis

Pygmy seahorse taken at Loloata Island, Papua New Guinea

 

Honorable Mention - Jorgen Rasmussen

Sea lion portrait from Southern Australia

 

Honorable Mention - Filip Staes

Devil scorpionfish in Lembeh Strait Indonesia

 

 

Marine Life Behavior

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1st Place - Jorgen Rasmussen

Sailfish eating a fish separated from the bait ball, Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Story of the shot

Jorgen won a trip on the Waow Liveaboard

 

2nd Place - David Schrichte

Two manatee calves nursing, Crystal River, Florida. Story of the shot

David won a Mike Ball Fly Dive Cod Hole expedition

 

3rd Place - Montse Grillo

Green sea turtles interact, Tenerife (Canary Islands)

Montse won an Oceanic OCi dive computer

 

4th Place - Tom Radio

Brittle star spawning, Redondo Beach, Washington. Story of the shot

Tom won a Blackbeard's Cruises liveaboard trip

 

5th Place - Steven Kovacs

Two blennies lock jaws in a fight, Blue Heron Bridge, Riviera Beach, Florida

Steven won a stay with AquaMarine Diving, Bali

 

6th Place - Tom Radio

Two kelp crabs defend their meal, Seattle, Washington

Tom won a Blackbeard's Cruises liveaboard trip

 

Honorable Mention - Steven Kovacs

Trumpetfish at a cleaning station, Bonaire

 

Honorable Mention - Jan Wenger

Mating seahorses taken at the site "Aquarium" in the Daymaniyat Islands, Oman. Story of the shot

 

Honorable Mention - Lill Haugen

A timid grey seal plays with the drysuit glove, Norway

 

 

Novice DSLR

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1st Place - Mohamad Abdulla

A jellyfish reflects at the surface in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Story of the shot

Mohamad won a stay with Lissenung Island Resort, Papua New Guinea

 

2nd Place - Thomas Burd

A blue shark from above taken in the Azores, Portugal. Story of the shot

Thomas won a stay with Eco Divers Resort, Indonesia

 

3rd Place - Pietro Biondo

Jellyfish and sunburst in Jellyfish Lake, Palau. Shot details

Pietro won a Subgear XP-10 2-gauge console

 

4th Place - Andrew Lau

Frogfish at the surface in northeast Taiwan

Andrew won a ThinkTank Retrospective 7 camera bag

 

5th Place - Alberto Rubio Romero

Green sea turtle above the Feng Meng wreck in La Paz, Mexico

Alberto won a Bluewater Travel gift certificate

 

Honorable Mention - Ng Ching Kwan

A curious squid at night, northeast Taiwan

 

Honorable Mention - Lauric Thiault

A crab scurries up the sand at Taha'a island, French Polynesia

 

 

Compact Macro

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1st Place - Abimael Marquez

An expressive blenny at Cooper Island, British Virgin Islands

Abimael won an Oceanic OCi dive computer

 

2nd Place - Giacomo Giovannini

Ghost pipefish at Cabilao Island, Philippines

Giacomo won a stay at Lions Dive & Beach Resort, Curacao

 

3rd Place - Rafael Cosme Daza

Seahorse nestled in posidonia with sunball in Girona, Spain

Rafael won a stay with Alor Divers, Indonesia

 

4th Place - Patty Woo

Yellow goby in bottle taken in Lembeh, Indonesia

Patty won a Bluewater Photo gift certificate

 

Honorable Mention - Will Clark

Blue-ringed octopus at night, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia. Story of the shot

 

Honorable Mention - Robert Roy

Decorated warbonnet taken in Port Hardy, British Columbia

 

 

Compact Behavior

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1st Place - Laura Dinraths

Dugong feeding with juvenile pilot jacks, Abu Dabbab, North Marsa Alam, Egypt. Story of the shot

Laura won a Sea & Sea YS-01 strobe

 

2nd Place - Jack Berthomier

Olive-headed sea snake with fresh kill, Ouemo Bay, New Caledonia. Story of the shot

Jack won a Recsea RX-100 Housing

 

3rd Place - Erez Beatus

A juvenile triggerfish finds shelter under a sandal, Eilat, Red Sea

Erez won a Fantasea BlueRay Action Video Light

 

4th Place - Giacomo Giovannini

Clownfish oxygenating her eggs at Cabilao Island, Philippines

Giacomo won a stay at Lions Dive & Beach Resort, Curacao

 

5th Place - George Jolokai

Ghost pipefish with a fresh meal, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia. Story of the shot

George won a Bluewater Photo gift certificate

 

Honorable Mention - Will Clark

Rhinopia yawning against a dark background, taken in Lembeh Strait. Story of the shot

 

Honorable Mention - Rafael Cosme Daza

Triggerfish being cleaned at a wreck in the Red Sea

 

 

Compact Wide-Angle

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1st Place - Marcus Commodore

Split-shot with silhouetted boatman farming seaweed in Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia. Story of the shot

Marcus won a Bilikiki liveaboard trip

 

2nd Place - Mike Couffer

Blue shark under sun rays at 14 Mile Bank in Southern California

Mike won a Bluewater Photo gift certificate

 

3rd Place - Rafael Cosme Daza

Yellow tube sponges and diver, Cozumel, Mexico

Rafael won a stay with Alor Divers, Indonesia

 

4th Place - Stephen K. Holinski

Split-shot at Kootenay Lake near Kaslo, British Columbia

Stephen won a Bluewater Travel gift certificate

 

Honorable Mention - Francesco Bazzotti

Diver under an old stone bridge, Verzasca river in Taverlezzo, Switzerland

 

Honorable Mention - Joao Bruges

Octopus on the move and observing diver taken in the Azores Islands

 

 

Nudibranchs

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1st Place - Guido Villani

Colorful nudibranch and eggs

Guido won a stay with Villa Markisa, Bali

 

2nd Place - Marcello Di Francesco

An edemic white Flabellina with eggs, Argentario, Italy

Marcello won a GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

 

3rd Place - Lill Haugen

 Polycera quadrilineata nudibranch on the kelp, Norway

Lill won a Siren Fleet liveaboard trip

 

4th Place - Phil Sokol

Colorful nudibranch against black background, taken in Horseshoe Bay, Komodo. Story of the shot

Phil won a Bluewater Travel gift certificate

 

5th Place - Michael Perdue

Lion's Mane (Melibe leonina) nudibranch and sunburst at Port Hardy, British Columbia

Michael won a Bluewater Photo gift certificate

 

Honorable Mention - Chang Chia-Chi

Emperor shrimp riding a nudibranch, NorthEast coast of Taiwan

 

Honorable Mention - Tobias Dahlin

A nudibranch balances on a kelp blade

 

 

Super Macro Category

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1st Place - Qing Lin

Profile view of a tiny hairy shrimp

Qing won an Oceanic OCi dive computer

 

2nd Place - Lill Haugen

A small amphipod shares a hydroid with a nudibranch in Norway

Lil won a Siren Fleet liveaboard trip

 

3rd Place - David Salvatori

Water flea taken in Capo D'Acqua lake, Capestrano, Italy

David won three 2-tank dives with Kona Honu Divers

 

4th Place - Alex Varani

Sponge crab with eggs, taken in Bunaken, Indonesia

Alex won a Bluewater Travel gift certificate

 

Honorable Mention - Iyad Suleyman

Skeleton shrimp next to a towering tunicate

 

 

Divers & Fashion

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1st Place - Plamena Mileva

"Ecstasy" shot at the site Korabite in the Black Sea, Sinemorec, Bulgaria

Plamena won a Oceanic OCi dive computer

 

2nd Place - Francis Perez

Freediving photographer and bait ball, taken in the Canary Islands

Francis won a SMY Ondina liveaboard trip plus 50% off his guest

 

3rd Place - Steffen Binke

A man introduces his child to the water

Steffen won a SeaLife Reefmaster camera and housing

 

4th Place - Phil Davison

A halocline layer and tree create an eerie mood in Cenote Angelita near Tulum, Mexico. Story of the shot

Phil won a Bluewater Photo gift certificate

 

 

You can read the judges' comments here

 

Complete List of Winners

 

Best of Show
Viktor Lyagushkin


Wide-Angle
1st Place:  Francis Perez
2nd Place:  Domenico Roscigno
3rd Place:  Adriano Morettin
4th Place:  Luis Javier Sandoval
5th Place:  Christian Schlamann
6th Place:  Matej Simonic
HM:  David Salvatori
HM:  Giordano Cipriani
HM:  Uwe Schmolke
 
Macro
1st Place:  Jeffrey Milsen
2nd Place:   Ping Ying Wu
3rd Place:  Rene Zuch
4th Place:  Todd Bretl
5th Place:  Steven Kovacs
HM:  Guido Villani
HM:  Steven Kovacs
HM:  Ping Ying Wu
 
Cold Water
1st Place:  Viktor Lyagushkin
2nd Place:  Tobias Friedrich
3rd Place:  Jo-Ann Wilkins
4th Place:  Viktor Lyagushkin
5th Place:  Jo-Ann Wilkins
6th Place:  Allison Vitsky Sallmon
HM:  Allen D Walker
HM:  George Karbus
 
Portrait
1st Place:  Montse Grillo
2nd Place:  Mark Fuller
3rd Place:  Pedro Carrillo
4th Place:  Vanessa Mignon
5th Place:  Allen D Walker
HM:  Filip Staes
HM:  Jorgen Rasmussen
HM:  Pietro Formis
 
Marine Life Behavior
1st Place:  Jorgen Rasmussen
2nd Place:  David Schrichte
3rd Place:  Montse Grillo
4th Place:  Tom Radio
5th Place:  Steven Kovacs
6th Place:  Tom Radio
HM:  Jan Wenger
HM:  Lill Haugen
HM:  Steven Kovacs
 
Novice dSLR
1st Place:  Mohamad Abdulla
2nd Place:  Thomas Burd
3rd Place:  Pietro Biondo
4th Place:  Andrew Lau
5th Place:  Alberto Rubio Romero
HM:  Lauric Thiault
HM:  Ng Ching Kwan
 
Compact Macro
1st Place:  Abimael Marquez
2nd Place:  Giacomo Giovannini
3rd Place:  Rafael Cosme Daza
4th Place:  Patty Woo
HM:  Robert Roy
HM:  Will Clark
 
Compact Marine Life Behavior
1st Place:  Laura Dinraths
2nd Place:  Jack Berthomier
3rd Place:  Erez Beatus
4th Place:  Giacomo Giovannini
5th Place:  George Jolokai
HM:  Rafael Cosme Daza
HM:  Will Clark
 
Compact Wide-Angle
1st Place:  Marcus Commodore
2nd Place:  Mike Couffer
3rd Place:  Rafael Cosme Daza
4th Place:  Stephen K. Holinski
HM:  Francesco Bazzotti
HM:  Joao Bruges
 
Nudibranchs
1st Place:  Guido Villani
2nd Place:  Marcello Di Francesco
3rd Place:  Lill Haugen
4th Place:  Phil Sokol
5th Place:  Michael Perdue
HM:  Chang Chia-Chi
HM:  Tobias Dahlin
 
Super Macro
1st Place:  Qing Lin
2nd Place:  Lill Haugen
3rd Place:  David Salvatori
4th Place:  Alex Varani
HM:  Iyad Suleyman
 
Divers/ Fashion
1st Place:  Plamena Mileva
2nd Place:  Francis Perez
3rd Place:  Steffen Binke
4th Place:  Phil Davison
 
 


2013 Ocean Art Platinum Sponsors:

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS FOR PROVIDING OVER $80,000 IN PRIZES!
 

 

MV FeBrinaThe liveaboard MV FeBrina, one of the most famous liveaboards in the world, cruises from her home port, Walindi, visiting areas further afield such as Witu Islands, Fathers Reefs - some of the best diving on the planet. The MV FeBrina is sponsoring a 10-night liveaboard trip as part of an 18 night dive trip package including 4 nights at Walindi resort and 4 nights at Loloata resort.

 


WAOW Charters

The M S/V WAOW offers divers fourteen dream destination itineraries through Indonesia on their 60m ironwood sailboat, complete with 9 luxury staterooms, spacious lounges, full service restaurant, dedicated camera room, sundecks,  multimedia equipment and more. Experience some of the best diving in the world on a luxury cruise, including Komodo, Alor, Raja Ampat and more. WAOW Charters is sponsoring a trip of the winner's choice!

 


 

SMY Ondina, a romantic and modern wooden schooner, runs fantastic Indonesia liveaboard adventure safaris to dive Komodo, Fak Fak, Flores, Sulawesi and the Raja Ampat area - some of the most amazing waters in the world. Eight air-conditioned double cabins with en suite bathroom guarantee a level of comfort you’ll appreciate. The SMY Ondina is sponsoring an 11 day trip on their liveaboard for ANY of their scheduled cruises + 50% off your companion!

 


 

Siren FleetThe S/Y Indo Siren is an award-winning yacht visiting some of the world's top-rated dive sites with comfort and ease. Owned and Managed by Worldwide Dive & Sail, the S/Y Indo Siren was built for divers by divers with flexible cabin arrangements, outdoor dining area and extra spacious dive deck.  The S/Y Indo Siren is sponsoring a 10-Night Komodo Trip!

 

 


 

OceanicOceanic builds innovative and reliable scuba products. Underwater photographers demand a lot from their equipment to get the perfect shot and Oceanic continues to live up to the challenge. The new OCi represents the next step forward in recreational wireless air-integrated dive computers. Oceanic is sponsoring 4 OCi computers for various Ocean Art winners!

 


 

Bluewater PhotoBluewater Photo is the premier online and retail shop for underwater photography gear as well as international photo trips. Offering years of experience and expert advice on cameras, housings, strobes and accessories, Bluewater Photo is known for excellent customer service during and after sale.  Bluewater Photo is sponsoring a $100 gift certificate for every contest winner!

 


Bluewater Travel

 

Bluewater Travel is a full service dive travel agency covering over 100 of the top resorts and liveaboards worldwide. Run by divers for divers, Bluewater Travel specializes in photo excursions and sets divers up to capture their best photos. Bluewater Travel is sponsoring trip credits with any of our 100 partners for winning photographers!

 


 

2013 Ocean Art Premium Sponsors:

 


 

LissenungSome consider Lissenung Island Resort the ultimate paradise. Imagine a small tropical island covered in palm trees, surrounded by a white sandy beach, a beautiful house reef and some of the best diving in the world. Lissenung Island is located just off Kavieng, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea. Nestled amongst natural surrounds, traditionally built bungalows accommodate a max. of 14 guests. Forget your high heels, tropical attire is our dress code. At Lissenung Island Resort, personal service is guaranteed and a visit here is truly exclusive! Lissenung is sponsoring a 10 night stay at their resort + diving!

 


Bilikiki offers liveaboard dive trips in the Solomon islands, from ships consistently rated among the best live-aboards in the world, with some of the best diving in the world. You'll have a good opportunity to see sharks, mantas, dolphins, and turtles, barracuda, and more varieties of coral than almost anywhere. Bilikiki is sponsoring a 7 night trip on any of their liveaboards!

 

 


 

Nautilus SwellThe Nautilus Swell brings over 20 years experience in B.C. and Alaska, along with the same crew, exceptional service levels and attention to detail that the Nautilus Explorer is famous for. Explore calving glaciers, iceburgs, grizzly bears, giant wrecks and more. The Nautilus Swell is sponsoring a 1 week trip to British Columbia / Gwaii Haanas!

 


 

Villa MarkisaVilla Markisa is an exclusive resort located on the north east coast of Bali. Nestled at the foot of Bali’s most famous volcano “Gunung Agung”, the private bungalows offer individual service and great attention to detail. Bali's famous Liberty Wreck is minutes away, and the house reef has hundreds of nudibranch species.  Villa Markisa is sponsoring a 7-night stay in the deluxe bungalow, full board, and diving!

 


 

Sea SafariSea Safari Cruises, based in Bali, takes divers on trips to remote destinations like Lembongan Island, Labuan Bajo and several other well-known diving locations. Known for excellence in service, food, music, ambience, attentive crew, exclusivity and great diving, Sea Safari offers a unique liveaboard experience.  Sea Safari is sponsoring a Raja Ampat or Komodo liveaboard trip!

 


 

 

Kosrae Island is truly a hidden treasure, tucked away in the Federated States of Micronesia on top of some of the most lush and healthy coral reefs in the world. Kosrae Nautilus Resort caters to divers who are looking for remote, uncrowded, pristine reefs. They offer complete dive, accommodations and meals packages. Kosrae Nautilus resort is sponsoring a week-long dive vacation for 2 divers!

 

 


 

Atlantis Dive Resorts offer one of the most outstanding values for a first class dive vacation in the world today. Experience Atlantis' luxury liveaboard (Atlantis Azores) or visit resorts in Dumaguette and Puerto Galera, Philppines. Atlantis Dive Resorts is sponsoring a 7-night dive vacation at either Atlantis Puerto Galera or Atlantis Dumaguete!

 

 


 

Mike Ball Dive ExpeditionsSince 1969 Mike Ball has been setting standards in the Australian dive industry with exceptional liveaboard expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Mike Ball is sponsoring a 3-night Fly Dive Cod Hole expedition!

 

 


 

Walindi ResortWalindi Resort, in Kimbe Bay Papua New Guinea, has been voted to have the "best diving from a resort anywhere in the world" by reader surveys. Unusual critters, 900 species of fish, sharks, barracuda, jacks and more await you. Walindi is sponsoring a 4-night stay as part of an 18 night dive trip package including 10 nights on the MV FeBrina and 4 nights at Loloata resort.

 


 

Alor DiversAlor Divers is situated on a large white sand beach just minutes from world-class Indonesian diving. Slopes and walls full of coral, fish and seasonal whales await divers, as well unlimited house reef diving in front of the intimate resort. Alor Divers is sponsoring a 9-night dive and stay package!

 


 

Eco Divers

Eco Divers is the only Indonesia resort offering liveaboard diving by day with a resort stay by evening for a truly unique dive experience. Catering to underwater photographers, Eco Divers visits some of the best reefs in the world.  Eco Divers is sponsoring a 7-night stay and dive package! Winner must bring a buddy at standard rates.

 

 


LoloataLoloata Island Resort, just minutes from the Port Moresby airport in Papua New Guinea, means great diving and a chance to observe some of the world's greatest coral reefs and meet a myriad of marine animals in their natural habitat. Underwater photo enthusiasts find a dazzling array of great fish, corals and invertebrate subjects only minutes away from the dock aboard a new deluxe dive boat. Loloata is sponsoring a 4-night stay as part of an 18 night dive trip package including 10 nights on the MV FeBrina and 4 nights at Walindi resort.


Ikelite

Ikelite has a long history of making strobes, dive lights, underwater housings for DSLR and compact cameras and much more for photographers worldwide since 1962. They're famous for their commitment to excellent customer service. Ikelite is sponsoring a DS161 Substrobe with charger and a new Gamma dive light!

 

 


 

Lions Dive & Beach ResortLions Dive & Beach Resort is the sportiest place to stay in Curacao, located minutes away from some of the Caribbean's best diving. Enjoy their large pool, spa, or lounge on a gorgeous beach in between dives. Lions Dive is sponsoring a 5-night stay for two with breakfast included!

 


 

AquaMarine Diving Bali is well known for specializing in custom Bali dive safaris for divers and underwater photographers. They offer fast boats, great accommodation options and experienced guides that know where all the best photo subjects are. AquaMarine is sponsoring a 5-day trip for an Ocean Art winner!

 


 

Sea SabaJuliana's Hotel paired with Sea Saba Dive Center is your paradise in the Caribbean. Sea Saba offers unspoiled diving with no cruise ships along with a variety of accomodations (including cottages) at Juliana's. They pride themselves on the highest levels of service. Juliana's and Sea Saba are sponsoring a 3-night trip with diving for an Ocean Art winner!

 


 

Maluku DiversThe Maluku Divers Resort in Laha is one of the must visit locations in any diver’s Indonesian dive list. The only dedicated dive resort in Ambon, the facility was built specifically with divers in mind and boasts the most unique and comfortable accommodations in the whole of Maluku.  Maluku Divers Resort is sponsoring a 4-night package complete with diving!


 

Blackbeard's CruisesBlackbeard's Cruises offers liveaboard scuba vacation packages to the Bahama's outer islands, along with a huge variety of diving - sharks, walls, reefs and more. Blackbeard's is sponsoring a week-long liveaboard!

 


 

AcquapazzaAcquapazza is the first u/w housing manufacturer to offer high-quality metal housings in 14 annodized colors. Stylish in design with excellent ergonomics, these housings are made with decades of manufacturing expertise in high-end motorcycle racing components. Acquapazza is sponsoring a violet housing for the Sony RX-100!

 


i-torch

 

I-DiveSite produces the innovative I-Torch dive, video and focus lights. With a wide range of lights featuring white, red and even UV beams, I-Torch lights are a favorite of many underwater photographers and videographers. I-DiveSite is sponsoring a Pro6 Video LIght!


 

Recsea is the manufacturer of some of the finest, most compact aluminum housings on the planet - known for their light weight, precise controls and excellent ergonomics. Recsea is sponsoring a housing for the popular Sony RX100 camera!

 


 

ReefNetReefNet has been developing unique marine technologies for more than 15 years and have earned a great reputation with photographers through their SubSee magnifiers. Their products combine smart engineering with elegant design, solving problems with style. Reefnet is sponsoring a +5 or +10 SubSee diopter and adapter for supermacro photography!

 


 

Sea & Sea is one of the best known names in underwater imaging equipment, offering high-quality DSLR housings, strobes and much more.  Sea & Sea is sponsoring a YS-01 strobe!

 


Kona Honu DiversKona Honu Divers is locally owned and operated with excellent and experienced guides. Encounters with dolphins, turtles, and manta rays are common in the placid Kona waters. Kona Honu Divers is sponsoring 3 separate 2-tank dives, perfect for your next Kona vacation!

 


 

SubgearSUBGEAR manufactures quality dive gear for reasonable prices, and is one of the leaders in regulators, BCs, wetsuits, masks, fins and many other dive products. Subgear is sponsoring an XP-10 2-Gauge Console!

 


DUI

 

Diving Unlimited is known worldwide for making drysuits and undergarments of the highest quality, built specifically for each customer in San Diego, California.  DUI is sponsoring a weight & trim package and dive gear bag!

 


 

GoProGoPro produces the world's most versatile cameras that can mount everywhere. The Hero 3 Black camera records incredible HD video and has become a favorite of many divers. GoPro is sponsoring a Hero 3 video camera!

 

 


 

Fantasea

Fantasea Line is dedicated to developing and manufacturing creative and affordable products for diving and underwater photography. Fantasea makes a popular housing for G15 camera as well as many exellent dive lights. Fantasea is sponsoring a BlueRay Action Video Light!

 

 


 

SeaLifeSeaLife Cameras are packed full of features at very affordable prices. Great for snorkeling or scuba diving, and shooting photos or video. SeaLife is sponsoring a ReefMaster camera!

 


 

WatershotWatershot creates underwater housings and lighting and has become wildly popular for their iPhone housings. Watershot is sponsoring an iPhone 4 or 5 PRO housing!

 


 

ThinkTANK PhotoThinkTank Photo is a leader in creating great products for photographers. They specialize in camera bags, travel bags, belts, covers and more. ThinkTank is sponsoring a Retrospective 7 camera bag for an Ocean Art winner!

 


 

UltralightUltralight is the leading maker of arms, trays and clamps for the underwater photography community - making only high quality products built to last. Ultralight is sponsoring a gift certificate to help build your camera rig!

 


 

Quick Links to All Categories

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Wide-Angle | Macro | Cold Water | Portrait | Marine Life Behavior
Novice dSLR
| Compact Macro | Compact Behavior | Compact Wide-Angle
Nudibranchs
| SuperMacro | Divers/ Fashion

 

 

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Where to Buy

Please support the Underwater Photography Guide by purchasing your underwater photography gear through our sister site, Bluewater Photo & Video. Click, or call them at (310) 633-5052 for expert advice!


 

 
 
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