2015 Ocean Art Contest Winners

Winning Images from the prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest
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Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition. We received many incredible entries and have awarded over $70,000 in prizes to the winning photographers.

Winners were asked to rank their prize choices and were awarded 1 prize based on totaling points from all their winning photos.

 

Special thanks to Tony Wu, Martin Edge, Marty Snyderman and Scott Gietler for judging the competition.

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Best of Show

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1st Place - Jeff Milisen

Best of Show - Jeff Milisen

Shot in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA with Canon T1i

Story of the Shot

 

 

Wide-Angle Category

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1st Place - Francesco Visintin

1st PlaceFrancesco Visintin 

Shot in Forte de Marmi, Tuscany, Italy with Nikon D7000

Story of the Shot


2nd Place - Matteo Visconti

2nd PlaceMatteo Visconti

Shot in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea with Canon 5D Mark II

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place – Gregory Sherman

3rd Place - Gregory Sherman

Shot at San Benedicto Island, Archipielago Revillagigedo, Mexico with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot


4th Place - Alessandro Buzzichelli

4th Place - Alessandro Buzzichelli

Shot at Wai Island, Raja Ampat, Indonesia with Nikon D200

Story of the Shot


5th Place - Tanya Houppermans

5th Place - Tanya Houppermans

Shot off the coast of Morehead City, North Carolina, USA with Olympus OM-D E-M1

Story of the Shot

 

6th Place - Aldo Costa

6th Place - Aldo Costa

Story of the Shot

 

HM - Scott Portelli

Honorable Mention - Scott Portelli

Shot in Whyalla, South Australia with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Greg Lecoeur

Honorable Mention - Greg Lecoeur

Shot in Moorea, French Polynesia with Nikon D7200

Story of the Shot

 

 

Macro Category

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1st Place - Jeff Milisen

1st Place - Jeff Milisen

Shot in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA with Canon T1i

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Marco Gargiulo

2nd Place - Marco Gargiulo

Shot in Sant'Angello, Naples, Italy with Nikon D800

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Lazaro Ruda

3rd Place - Lazaro Ruda

Shot in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA with Canon 7D

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Dennis Corpuz

4th Place - Dennis Corpuz

Shot in Anilao, Philippines with Nikon D7000

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Dennis Corpuz

5th Place - Dennis Corpuz

Shot in Anilao, Philippines with Nikon D7000

Story of the Shot

 

6th Place - Alexander Franz

6th Place - Alexander Franz

Shot in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia with Nikon D7000

 Story of the Shot

 

HM - Richard Barnden

Honorable Mention - Richard Barnden

Shot in Palau with Nikon D800

Story of the Shot

 

HM - So Yat Wai

Honorable Mention - So Yat Wai

Shot in Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia with Canon 5D MkIII

Story of the Shot

 

 

Cold Water Category

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1st Place - Lill Haugen

1st Place - Lill Haugen

Shot in The Oslo Fjord, Norway with Nikon D300

Story of the Shot

 

2nd - Uwe Schmolke

2nd Place - Uwe Schmolke

Story of the Shot

 

3rd - Annika Persson

3rd Place - Annika Persson

Shot at Farnes Island, United Kingdom with Nikon D300

 Story of the Shot


4th Place - Jorgen Rasmussen

4th Place - Jorgen Rasmussen

Shot at Near Booth Island, Antarctica with Nikon D800E

 Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Morten Beier

5th Place - Morten Beier

Shot in Disco Bay, Greenland with Nikon D300

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Morten Beier

6th Place - Luc Rooman

Shot in Domein Muisbroek Ekeren, Belgium with Nikon D810

Story of the Shot


HM – Thomas Heckmann

Honorable Mention - Thomas Heckmann

Shot in the Dutch North Sea, Netherlands with Nikon D800E

Story of the Shot

 

HM - Matthew Tworkowski

Honorable MentionMatthew Tworkowski

Shot in Coles Bay, Tasmania, Australia with Nikon D7000

Story of the Shot

 

 


Portrait Category

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1st Place – Greg LeCoeur

1st Place - Greg LeCoeur

Shot in Nice, France with Nikon D7000

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Peter Leopold

2nd Place - Peter Leopold

Shot in the Arctic Ocean with Nikon D7000

Story of the Shot


3rd Place - Filippo Borghi

3rd Place - Filippo Borghi

Shot at Giannutri Island, Italy with Nikon D800E

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Claudio Contreras Koob

4th Place - Claudio Contreras Koob

Shot in Jardines de la Reina, Cuba with Canon 5D Mark II

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - David Salvatori

5th Place - David Salvatori

Shot in Sant'Agostino Lake, Italy with Nikon D800E

Story of the Shot

 

6th Place - Domenico Roscigno

6th Place - Domenico Roscigno

Shot in the Republic of Maldives Baa Atoll with Nikon D800E

Story of the Shot

 

HM - Qing Lin

Honorable MentionQing Lin

Shot at Cocos Island, Costa Rica with Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

 

 

Marine Life Behavior

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1st Place - Steven Kovacs

1st Place - Steven Kovacs

Shot at Blue Heron Bridge, Florida, U.S.A. with Nikon D7000

Story of the Shot


2nd Place - Lureen Ferretti

2nd PlaceLureen Ferretti

Shot at the Blue Heron Bridge, Florida, U.S.A. with Canon Rebel T1i

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place – Greg Lecoeur

3rd Place - Greg Lecoeur

Shot in Port St Johns, South Africa with Nikon D7000

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Filippo Borghi

4th Place - Filippo Borghi

Shot at Giglio Island, Italy with Nikon D800E

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Elio Nicosia

5th Place - Elio Nicosia

Shot in Sicily, Italy with Nikon D810

Story of the Shot

 

6th Place - Ralph Pace

6th Place - Ralph Pace

Shot at the Nine Mile Bank, San Diego, California with 5D Mark II

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Uwe Schmolke

Honorable Mention - Uwe Schmolke

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Cameron Azad

Honorable Mention - Cameron Azad

Shot in Puerto Galera/Sabang Harbor, Phillippines with Nikon D800E

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Richard Barnden

Honorable Mention Richard Barnden

Shot in Palau with Nikon D800

Story of the Shot

 

 

Novice DSLR

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1st Place - Irene Middleton

1st Place - Irene Middleton

Shot in Maroro Bay, New Zealand with Nikon D300

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Adam Martin

2nd Place Adam Martin

Shot at Daedalus Reef, Red Sea, Egypt with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Roberto Strafella

3rd Place - Roberto Strafella

Shot in Taranto, Italy with Nikon D700

 Story of the Shot 

 

4th Place - Sergio Luiz Norueira Junior

4th Place - Sergio Nogueira Jr

Shot at Rocca Partida, Mexico with Canon 6D

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Lauric Thiault

5th Place - Lauric Thiault

Shot at La Vallée Blanche, Tahiti, French Polynesia with Nikon D800

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Linda See

Honorable Mention - Linda See

Shot at Banco Chinchorro, Mexico with Canon 5DS

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Ian Chow

Honorable MentionIan Chow

Shot in Anilao, Philippines with Canon 6D

Story of the Shot

 

 

Mirrorless Macro

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1st Place - Simon Chiu

1st Place - Simon Chiu

Shot in Cebu, Philippines with Panasonic GF1

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Christian Gloor

2nd Place - Christian Gloor

Shot at Air Bajo III, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia with Olympus OM-D E-M5

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Alfonso Jesús Expósito Díaz-Álvarez

3rd Place - Alfonso Jesús Expósito Díaz-Álvarez

Shot in the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia with Olympus OM-D E-M1

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Walter Bassi

4th Place - Walter Bassi

Shot in the Liguiria Sea, Italy with Olympus E-PL1

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place – Mirrorless Macro

5th Place - Maurizio Pasi

Shot in Manado, Indonesia with Olympus OM-D E-M1

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Lynn Wu

Honorable Mention - Lynn Wu

Shot in Anilao, Philippines with Olympus E-PL5

Story of the Shot

 

 

 

Mirrorless Behavior

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1st Place - Walter Bassi

1st Place - Walter Bassi

Shot in Capo Noli, Liguria Sea, Italy with Olympus E-PL1

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Lynn Wu

2nd Place - Lynn Wu

Shot on the Northeast Coast, Taiwan with Olympus E-PL5

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Cornelia Thieme

3rd Place - Cornelia Thieme

Shot in the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia with Olympus OM-D E-M5

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Jim Catlin

4th Place - Jim Catlin

Shot at the Riviera Reef, Grand Cayman with Panasonic GX1

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Henley Spiers

5th Place - Henley Spiers

Shot in Anse Cochon, Saint Lucia with Olympus E-M5

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Yen Ngee Koh

Honorable Mention - Yen Ngee Koh

Shot in Tulamben, Bali with Olympus OM-D E-M1

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Lynn Wu

Honorable Mention - Lynn Wu

Shot in Pemuteran Bay, Bali, Indonesia with Olympus E-PL5

Story of the Shot

 

 

 

Mirrorless Wide-Angle

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1st place - Matthew Sullivan

1st Place - Matthew Sullivan

Shot in Montane Creek, Pennsylvania with Sony a6000

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Fabio Galbiati

2nd Place - Fabio Galbiati

Shot at Bangka Island, Indonesia with Olympus OM-D E-M5

Story of the Shot


3rd Place - Laura Tesler

3rd Place - Laura Tesler

Shot in Battle Ground Lake, Washington with Olympus OM-D E-M5

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Adam Taylor

4th Place - Adam Taylor

Shot at Santa Barbara Island, California with Olympus OM-D E-M5

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Tanasit Tancharoen

5th Place - Tanasit Tancharoen

Shot at Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia with Olympus OM-D E-M5

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Cornelia Thieme

Honorable Mention  - Cornelia Thieme

Shot in Jellyfish Lake, Palau with Olympus OM-D E-M5

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Daniel Copeland

Honorable Mention - Daniel Copeland

Shot in the Ras Mohammed National Park, Egyptian Red Sea with Panasonic GH4

Story of the Shot

 

 

Compact Macro Category

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1st Place - Alessandro Raho

1st Place - Alessandro Raho

Shot in Noli, Italy with Canon G16

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - ChenVui Soon

2nd Place - ChenVui Soon

Shot in Amed, Bali, Indonesia with Sony RX100

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Alessandro Raho

3rd Place - Alessandro Raho

Shot in Noli (SV) Italy with Canon G9

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Dennis Corpuz

4th Place - Dennis Corpuz

Shot in Anilao, Philippines with Canon Powershot G15

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Giacomo Givannini

Honorable Mention – Giacomo Giovannini

Shot in Sistiana, Italy with Canon G12

Story of the Shot

 

 

Compact Behavior

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1st Place- Jack Berthomier

1st Place - Jack Berthomier

Shot in Ouemo Bay, Noumea, New Caledonia with Sony RX100

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Abimael Marquez

2nd Place - Abimael Marquez

Shot in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Jens Schultz

3rd Place - Jens Schultz

Shot in Ambon, Indonesia with Olympus Tough TG-2

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place – Massimo Giorgetta

4th Place - Massimo Giorgetta

Shot in the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia with Canon G12

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Stephen Holinski

Honorable Mention - Stephen Holinski

Shot at Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada with Sony RX-100

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Kiyoung Jang

Honorable Mention - Kiyoung Jang

Shot at Boracay island, Philippines with Olympus TG-3

Story of the Shot

 

 

Compact Wide-Angle

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1st Place - Brian Christiansen

1st Place - Brian Christiansen

Shot in Deshaies, Guadeloupe with Olympus TG-3

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Stephen Holinski

2nd Place - Stephen Holinski

Shot at Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada with Sony RX-100

Story of the Shot


3rd Place - Kate Rister

3rd Place - Kate Rister

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Steven Shoelson

4th Place - Steven Shoelson

Shot in Raja Ampat, Indonesia with Canon G11

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Sarah Stein

Honorable Mention - Sarah Stein Greenberg

Shot at Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands with Canon G16

 Story of the Shot

 

 

 

Nudibranchs

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1st Place - Roland Bach

1st Place - Roland Bach

Shot at Punta den Siulet, Minorca, Spain with Nikon D300

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Roland Bach

2nd Place - Roland Bach

Shot in Minorca, Spain with Nikon D300   

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Miguel Pereira

3rd Place - Miguel Pereira

Shot in Minorca, Spain with Nikon D300   

Story of the Shot


4th Place - Massimo Zannini 

4th Place - Massimo Zannini

Shot in Croazia, Adriatic Sea with Canon 60D

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Stefano Scortegagna

5th Place - Stefano Scortegagna

Shot in Anilao, Philippines with Nikon D800E

Story of the Shot

 

 

Supermacro

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1st Place - So Yat Wai

1st  Place - So Yat Wai

Shot in Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia with Canon 5D MkIII

 Story of the Shot 

 

2nd Place - Marco Fierli

2nd Place - Marco Fierli

Shot in South Sulawesi, Indonesia with Canon 5DMKIII

 Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Dennis Corpuz

3rd Place - Dennis Corpuz

Shot in Anilao, Philippines with Nikon D7000

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Ludovic Galko-Rundgren

4th Place - Ludovic Galko-Rundgren

Shot in Anilao, Philippines with Canon 7D

 Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - So Yat Wai

5th Place - So Yat Wai

Shot in Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia with Canon 5D MkIII

Story of the Shot

 

HM – So Yat Wai

Honorable Mention - So Yat Wai

Shot in Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia with Canon 5D MkIII

Story of the Shot

 

 

Pool / Conceptual

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1st Place - Francesco Pacienza

1st Place - Francesco Pacienza

Shot in Apulia, Italy with Nikon D7100

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Sarah Teveldal

2nd Place - Sarah Teveldal

Shot in Austin, Texas with Canon 5D Mark II

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Dennis Vandermeersch

3rd Place - Dennis Vandermeersch

Shot in Florida, USA with Nikon D300

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Steffen Binke

4th Place - Steffen Binke

Shot in Queensland, Australia with Nikon D800

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Ken Kiefer

5th Place - Ken Kiefer

Shot in Bimini, Bahamas with Canon 5D Mark 3

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Uri Magnus Dotan

Honorable Mention - Uri Magnus Dotan

Shot in Eilat, Israel with Nikon D300s

Story of the Shot

 

 

Complete List of Winners

 

Best of Show

“Feeling Exposed” by Jeff Milisen

 

Wide-Angle

1st Place:  Francesco Visintin
2nd Place:  Matteo Visconti
3rd Place:  Gregory Sherman
4th Place:  Alessandro Buzzichelli
5th Place:  Tanya Houppermans
6th Place:  Aldo Costa
HM:  Scott Portelli
HM:  Greg Lecoeur

 

Macro

1st Place:  Jeff Milisen
2nd Place:  Marco Gargiulo
3rd Place:  Lazaro Ruda
4th Place:  Dennis Corpuz
5th Place:  Dennis Corpuz
6th Place:  Alexander Franz
HM:  Richard Barnden
HM:  So Yat Wai

 

Coldwater

1st Place:  Lill Haugen
2nd Place:  Uwe Schmolke
3rd Place:  Annika Persson
4th Place:  Jorgen Rasmussen
5th Place:  Morten Beier
6th Place:  Luc Rooman
HM:  Thomas Heckmann
HM:  Matthew Tworkowski

 

Portrait

1st Place:  Greg Lecoeur
2nd Place:  Peter Leopold
3rd Place:  Filippo Borghi
4th Place:  Claudio Contreras Koob
5th Place:  David Salvatori
6th Place:  Domenico Roscigno
HM:  Qing Lin

 

Marine Life Behavior

1st Place:  Steven Kovacs
2nd Place:  Lureen Ferretti
3rd Place:  Greg Lecoeur
4th Place:  Filippo Borghi
5th Place:  Elio Nicosia
6th Place:  Ralph Pace
HM:  Uwe Schmolke
HM:  Cameron Azad
HM:  Richard Barnden

 

Novice DSLR

1st Place:  Irene Middleton
2nd Place:  Adam Martin
3rd Place:  Roberto Strafella
4th Place:  Sergio Nogueira Jr
5th Place:  Lauric Thiault
HM:  Linda See
HM:  Ian Chow

 

Compact Macro

1st Place:  Alessandro Raho
2nd Place:  ChenVui Soon
3rd Place:  Alessandro Raho
4th Place:  Dennis Corpuz
HM:  Giacomo Giovannini

 

Compact Marine Life Behavior

1st Place:  Jack Berthomier
2nd Place:  Abimael Marquez
3rd Place:  Jens Schultz
4th Place:  Massimo Giorgetta
HM:  Stephen Holinski
HM:  Kiyoung Jang

 

Compact Wide-Angle

1st Place:  Brian Christiansen
2nd Place:  Stephen Holinski
3rd Place:  Kate Rister
4th Place:  Steven Shoelson
HM:  Sarah Stein

 

Nudibranchs

1st Place:  Roland Bach
2nd Place:  Roland Bach
3rd Place:  Miguel Pereira
4th Place:  Massimo Zannini
5th Place:  Stefano Scortegagna

 

Supermacro

1st Place:  So Yat Wai
2nd Place:  Marco Fierli
3rd Place:  Dennis Corpuz
4th Place:  Ludovic Galko-Rundgren
5th Place:  So Yat Wai
HM:  So Yat Wai

 

Pool/Conceptual

1st Place:  Francesco Pacienza
2nd Place:  Sarah Teveldal
3rd Place:  Dennis Vandermeersch
4th Place:  Steffen Binke
5th Place: Ken Kiefer
HM:  Uri Magnus Dotan

 


 

 Special thanks to Tony Wu, Martin Edge, Marty Snyderman and Scott Gietler for judging the competition.

Take in inside look at the judging process & learn what the judges look for in our JUDGES' COMMENTS.

 


 


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