Anilao Shootout Winners - Part II

Winners in dSLR & compact from the second leg of our incredible 2012 underwater photo workshop in Anilao, Philippines

By Scott Gietler

 
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Another underwater photo trip has come and gone, but at least we can be reminded of our experiences by our amazing shots. Anilao, Philippines is nothing if not home to some of the most unique and exceptional underwater creatures in the world, and we were able to find a wealth of them just begging to be photographed.

Below are the winners and honorable mentions from the second half of the Bluewater Photo & Video / UWPG Anilao 2012 workshop. These are some of the shots that particularly got our attention and can be applauded for exceptional technical skill and a great job of capturing the moment. Although we couldn't fit every amazing shot in this article, everyone on the trip was able to achieve photos to be proud of.

A big "thank you" to our dive masters for always pointing us in the right direction, to the wonderful Crystal Blue Resort for accommodating us, and to my fellow underwater photo pros Mike Bartick and Matthew Meier for their assistance and the effort put into their daily presentations. And of course, thank you to everyone who joined us and made the trip such a spectacular success.

Be sure to sign up now for our Third Annual Anilao Photo Workshop, taking place in May of 2013! Many guests said that it was the best dive trip that they have ever been on.

Read guest testimonials from the Bluewater Photo & Video / UWPG Anilao Trip 2012

See winning photos from Part I of the Anilao 2012 workshop

 

dSLR - Macro Winners

 

First Place, Porcelain Crab taken by Caroline Bateman

 

Second Place, Clownfish eggs taken by Eduardo Nadal

 

Third Place, Goby on soft coral taken by Becky Briggs

 

Honorable Mention, Frogfish taken by Erik Stein

 

Honorable Mention, Imperial shrimp on sea cucumber taken by Lynn Allen

 

dSLR - Wide-Angle Winners

 

First Place, taken by Rene Umberger

 

Second Place, taken by Eduardo Nadal

 

Third Place, taken by Caroline Bateman

 

Honorable Mention, taken by Becky Briggs

 

Honorable Mention, taken by Victoria Martocci

 

dSLR - Behavior

 

First Place, Jawfish spitting rocks out of its hole taken by Bruce Shafer

 

Second Place, Octopus taken by Alex Sher

 

Third Place, Porcelain crab feeding taken by Lynn Allen

 

Honorable Mention, Scorpionfish taken by Dianne Morris

 

Honorable Mention, Wonderpus taken by Rene Umberger

 

dSLR - Portrait Winners

 

First Place, Blue-ring Octopus taken by Bruce Shafer

 

Second Place, Blenny taken by Caroline Bateman

 

Third Place, Frogfish & diver taken by Erik Stein

 

Honorable Mention, Pygmy seahorse taken by Caroline Bateman

 

Honorable Mention, taken by Victoria Martocci

 

Compact - Macro Winners

 

First Place, Soft coral crab taken by Warren Blum

 

Second Place, taken by Pietro Biondo

 

Third Place, taken by George Jolokai

 

Compact - Wide-Angle Winners

 

First Place, taken by PT Hirschfield

 

Second Place, taken by Pietro Biondo

 

Third Place, taken by Warren Blum

 

Compact - Behavior Winners

 

First Place, taken by Pietro Biondo

 

Second Place, taken by PT Hirschfield

 

Third Place, taken by George Jolokai

 

Compact - Portrait Winners

 

First Place, taken by PT Hirschfield

 

Second Place, taken by George Jolokai

 

Third Place, taken by Pietro Biondo

 

 

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Comments

Reef Etiquette

I have to agree with a previous poster. The idea of manipulating or handling anything on the reef for a photo opportunity or just to look at it should be discouraged. Even worse is using a bare hand.

I know the behavior isn't being rewarded here, it's the photographer who took the shot, but it is disappointing regardless.

Poor standards

I find it quite astounding that a photograph depicting two divers man handling a gorgonian fan, presumably to find a pigmy seahorse, can not only be entered into a photography competition, but actually win a category. What kind of signal does this send out to all other divers? Poor, very poor.

Awesome trip

What a wonderful collection of photos. Fantastic job to everyone and hope to see some of you out there again...