2014 Ocean Art Photo Competition

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Ocean Art Photo Competition 2014

 

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Ocean Art Photo Competition 2014

Over $70,000 in prizes and growing!

 

Winners Choose Their Own Prizes

3 Categories Dedicated to Compact Camera Users

 

Submission Deadline:  November 19, 2014

Entries must be received before 23:59 (11:59pm) PST on Nov. 19, 2014

 

- open to all photographers -

 

Categories

Wide-Angle • Macro • Marine Life Behavior • Portrait • Cold/ Temperate

Nudibranchs  • SuperMacro • Diver / Underwater Model / Fashion • Novice dSLR

Compact Camera Wide-Angle • Compact Camera Marine Life Behavior • Compact Camera Macro

 

Entry Form Link  • Entry Fee Info • Rules • Category Details • Judges • Prize Details

 

 

View the 2013 Ocean Art winning photographs

View the 2011 Ocean Art winning photographs

View the 2010 Ocean Art winning photographs

 

 

Ocean Art 2014 Competition Sponsors & Prizes


 

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!

 


 

Paradise Taveuni

Paradise Taveuni is a secluded and remote boutique Resort offering some of the best soft coral dive sites in the South Pacific. This is a place where divers find true hospitality and while experiencing the culture of a mystical land. Paradise Taveuni is sponsoring a 7-night dive package that includes unlimited beach dives!

 


 

Manthiri Maldives LiveaboardDivers are spoiled from the moment they arrive on the Manthiri. The luxury liveaboard experience is made even better by Manthiri's crew, who have expert knowledge of Maldives marine life and the most remote and pristine dive sites across the 1000 island chain. Manthiri is sponsoring a 7-night liveaboard cruise in the Maldives!

 


 

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 Solomon Islands liveaboards!

 


 

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 + diving!

 


 

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 gift certificates for several contest winners!

 


 

 

Ocean Art 2014 Competition Sponsors & Prizes


 

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 for the 1st place winner of the Nudibranch category!

 


 

Discovery Fleet

 

The Discovery Fleet offers full diving and non-diving cruises through the Philippines Islands. Avid divers & u/w photographers can expect a full day of diving spectacular coral reefs, wrecks and incredible marine life while non-diving companions can snorkel, visit remote islands and even kayak. Discovery Fleet is sponsoring a 7-night spring 2015 Tubbataha cruise for one with companion 50% off!

 


 

Known for Red Sea diving, Emperor Divers has expanded its fleet with the MV Emperor Voyager, offering divers several itineraries through the Maldives. Dive with schools of fish, sharks, mantas and rays in the comfort of the remodeled boat. Emperor Divers is sponsoring a 7-night Best of the Maldives liveaboard for one with companion 50% off!

 


 

VoliVoliDive into the heart of Fiji at VoliVoli Beach Resort. World-class reefs and marine life during the dive day are paired with a relaxing and friendly resort atmosphere for the ultimate Fiji dive vacation. For those with more time, the Fiji Siren is also based at VoliVoli, presenting a great opportunity to combine a liveaboard and resort trip. VoliVoli is sponsoring a 7-night, 10-dive package with twin-share accommodation!

 

 


 

Atmosphere ResortAtmosphere Resort & Spa delivers a luxurious retreat and dining experience with incredible diving in one of the world's most famous dive regions - Dumaguete, Philippines. Atmosphere is sponsoring a 7-night, 10-dive package with free nitrox and airport transfers!

 

 

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 7-night twin-share with 5-day dive package for two people!

 


 

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 package at either Atlantis Puerto Galera or Atlantis Dumaguete!

 


 

Wananavu FijiWananavu. Combine the awe-inspiring diving of the famous bligh waters, the soft coral capital of the world, the only land-based dive operation. in Fiji that is able to offer dive guests onsite on-demand nitrox and you have... Wananavu. Wananavu is sponsoring a 7-night, 10-dive package with unlimited shore diving & free bure upgrade!

 


 

Palau Dive Adventures

Palau Dive Adventures specializes in week-long group diving excursions in the epic waters of Palau. Offering personalized attention, service and safety the team gets underwater photographers to where the action is. Palau Dive Adventures is sponsoring a week-long dive package for one lucky Ocean Art winner!

 

 

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions

Since 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!

 

 


Alor Divers

 

Alor 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!

 


 

Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers

Manta Ray Bay Resort is known for incredible manta ray dives. The islands also have an abundant reef shark population, soft corals and mating mandarin fish to keep underwater photographers shooting nonstop. Manta Ray Bay is sponsoring a buy 1 get 1 free 7-night, 5-day dive package!

 


El Galleon Dive ResortEl Galleon Beach Resort is a favorite among divers and underwater photographers visiting Puerto Galera. Situated in the middle of the marine park, the diving is excellent while the resort features a 5-star restaurant, spa services and much more. El Galleon is sponsoring a 7-night dive package!

 


 

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, 12-dive package with twin-share accommodation!

 


 

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 stay and dive package for an Ocean Art winner!

 

 

Eco Divers

Eco Divers is the only Indonesia resort offering liveaboard diving by day with a resort stay by evening for a truly unique Lembeh Strait dive experience. Catering to underwater photographers, Eco Divers visits some of the best macro sites in the world.  Eco Divers Lembeh is sponsoring a 5-night all-inclusive dive package!

 

 


 

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

 


 

Scuba Seraya ResortScuba Seraya is a beautiful resort in Tulamben that truly embraces the lifestyle of Bali. A blend of incredible macro and wide-angle diving awaits, with a relaxed schedule and friendly resort staff. Scuba Seraya is sponsoring a 4-night dive package for two!

 

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 gift certificates for u/w photo workshops, group & individual dive travel!

 

 

 

Entry Form Link  • Entry Fee Info • Rules • Category Details • Judges • Prize Details

 

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Ocean Art Photo Competition 2013 judges comments

Scott Gietler
Ocean Art judges comment on the competition

Ocean Art Photo Competition 2013

Judges comments

 

 

Scott Gietler

Owner, Underwater Photography Guide & Ocean Art competition organizer

This year's competition was a lot of work, and a lot of fun. You would think judging a competition would be easy - the judges view the photos, agree on which images are best, and you are done? That is not at all what happened. First of all, the major categories each had dozens of images that were worth of winning or placing in the category. Second of all, the judges had vastly different opinions on which images were best. The conference call was long, and again I learned that a winning image is very much dependent on who is judging the competition.

All of us felt that the coldwater category was particularly strong. There were many excellent images that did not even get an honorable mention, which could have won other, smaller competition. The same is true in other categories such as wide-angle.

Coldwater Category

The judges had a very difficult time with the coldwater category, there were so many excellent images. Some of them were not sure if the jellyfish / dolphin photo was real (it is real, I checked the RAW file). Reactions to the "best of show" photo were at first mixed, but the people who liked it really liked it, and those strong feeling in the end let it to win the best of show category.

Macro Category

Some of the judges were not sure if the winning octopus photo was thrown into the water column (our judges are generally good at recognizing potential harassment). Having done the Kona black water dive before, I assured them that it was not!

Marine life behavior

There were several excellent sailfish photos entered into this category, and choosing one was not easy. Marty pushed for this particular photo to win, and everyone agreed. Tony Wu was particularly drawn to both of Tom Radio's images - the brittle star and the crab having his arms (see Tony's detailed comments below).

Portrait

The winning photo of a turtle was one of the few photos in the competition that the judges (mostly) agreed on should win the category. Besides the turtle, this category probably had the least amount of consensus, which is not surprising since a good "portrait" can be very subjective. I wish I could have added 3 or 4 more honorable mentions, there were several photos that were quite good and probably will place in another competition. 

 

 

 

Marty Snyderman

Senior Editor of California Diver Magazine, Emmy winning cinematographer, member of DEMA hall of fame

"Every year the images in this contest continue to raise the bar. That bar is now set at a very high level. I am sure that says something about the status of this competition and the quality of the contest. But from a judge’s perspective, deciding on winning images is a serious challenge. Simply put, there was one stunning image after another. So speaking to all of the entrants, I’ll simply say kudos and thank you for sharing your work."

 

Martin Edge

Author of "The Underwater Photographer", best selling book on learning underwater photography

"Congratulations.  Without doubt, the most demanding underwater photo competition that I have ever been involved in. So many excellent, diverse and wide-ranging images to choose from.

My own personal favourite  was in fact the 'Best in Show image'  It knocked my socks off as soon has I set eyes upon it!

The eclectic tastes of the judging panel  necessitated a great deal of compromise and particularly in the latter stages a fair degree of negotiation also.

Some Favourites of mine were

  • 1st place and also 4th place in the Macro Category.
  • 3rd Place in the Cold Water Cat
  • 1st & 5th place in the Portrait Cat
  • 1st  place in the Novice DSLR Cat
  • 3rd place in the Marine life behaviour
  • 1st Place in the Compact Macro Cat
  • 3rd Place in Compact Behaviour
  • 2nd Place in the super macro Cat

 

Todd Winner

Todd runs several underwater photo workshops every year for Bluewater Photo, and has won over 60 international photo competitions.

The quality and creativity from this years Ocean Art entries were truly exceptional.  It was inspiring to see so many great images at one time.  I was particularly impressed with the cold water category, especially when you consider the harsh conditions many of the images were taken in.  I also really liked seeing the use of slave strobes, back lighting and other techniques that are a bit less ordinary.

I do have a few tips that I would like to share concerning future contests.

1. Don't enter similar images.  It really diminishes from the impact of a great image when you have two or more images that look almost identical to it.  Pick the best one and enter it.

2. The same is true when you enter images that look very similar to images that have already won in other contests.  I think most judges are looking to see new and creative ideas.  It's ok to get inspiration from someone else's photo but try not to shoot carbon copy clone.

3. Scan 100% or your image for distractions.  Unfortunately many great images get taken out of the competition early on for minor things that may be correctable by a tighter crop or a spot removal if its allowed in the category.  You want your image to stay in the competition as long as possible so don't give anyone a reason to eliminate it early.

4. If you didn't win don't get discouraged.  Unfortunately we only have a limited number of places to award.  All of the judges have very different opinions on what we each like.  We all had images that we really liked but didn't make it to the final cut.
 

 

Tony Wu

Author of Silent Symphony, and winner of the prestigious Veolia environment wildlife 

 

Congratulations to all the photographers of the selected images! The quality of submissions was superb, and extensive discussion among the judging team means your images truly stood out.

One thing to bear in mind: Judging is a very personal process, which means we didn't always agree on choices. But having differing points of view is inherent to any form of art, so even if your image wasn't one of the chosen ones, don't take it personally. Look at the winners, think about what you might do differently/ better, and enter again!

There were so many fantastic photos, but here are a handful of my favorites that I feel deserve special mention:

 


Crabs and rocks are not the most charismatic subjects, so it's not easy to create an eye-catching, aesthetically pleasing image. Composition in this photograph is excellent, with the slight motion blur of the forward claw bringing the image to life. The crab in the distance echoes the front crab, and illustrates the crabs' behavior, i.e., foraging for food.

 


I've seen many shots of these Lubricogobius exiguus gobies. They are popular subjects in Japan. I love the mood lighting, "peeking out" position of the fish, and the overall composition of this photo, particularly considering that it was taken with a compact camera. It's an original interpretation of a oft-photographed subject.

 


The juxtaposition of a tiny filefish next to a humongous flipflop suggested to me the scale of the human-generated trash vs. nature problem. Overconsumption, selfishness, greed and disdain for the world around us have all contributed to exponential growth of waste disposal in the oceans, much of that trash being non-biodegradeable. Photographically, I love that the light just catches the fish, not entirely illuminating it. For me, that underscored the somewhat ambiguous nature of the relationships between flipflop and filefish. On the one hand, the flipflop represents tremendous volumes of garbage overwhelming the oceans; on the other head, in this specific instance, it also represents shelter for the filefish, something which might actually help the fish survive. Few things, in other words, are entirely black-and-white, light-or-dark.


I immediately thought of War of the Worlds, an alien invader launching probes or spores, leaning in to image left for sinister effect. I know, I probably read too much SciFi when I was younger, but I love the shot.

 


One of my favorites because...well...wow. Wish I had been there.

 

Finally, to Todd's excellent suggestions, I would add two observations:

1. Don't put your copyright on submissions. If I see your name on the shot, it's disqualified. Period.

2. Avoid fads. Just because some place, subject or photographic tool is popular doesn't mean it's good. Quite often, just the opposite.

 

 

1st Place Wide-Angle

 

1st Place Wide-Angle

Francis Perez

 

Freediver and bait ball

SMY Ondina liveaboard trip

 

The story: ” I got this picture last may, in Tenerife, Canary Islands. It was in the afternoon, I was with a group of friends and my girlfriend taking pictures of pilot whales. We saw in the distance, there was forming a big group of shearwaters and seagulls,countless in numbers. Underwater there were many spotted dolphins. The baitball would spin and spin but not move apart, all the time changing its shape. Dolphins, shearwaters, and seagulls attacked the group of fish, and it changed shape . When the scene was quiet, my friends and myself tried to get pictures and video of the movement. My girlfriend is an excellent swimmer and freediver and I told her to dive near the ball. It wasmy chance to get thispicture. 

Camera: Canon 5D; EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheyelens; F6, 1/80th, ISO 400 

1st Place - Cold Water Category

 

Best of Show, 1st Place Cold Water

Viktor Lyagushkin

 

Diver under the ice in Russia

Trip package to Walindi, Loloata and the MV FeBrina liveaboard

 

Canon 7D, Canon 10-22mm lens @11mm

F4, ISO 200m 1/30th

"The photograph was taken near Ekaterinburg, Russia. Lazurny is an old neglected quarry, totally filled with ground waters. Pine trees and bushes on its bottom remain green for many years underwater.  In winter the quarry is covered with thick ice and snow. The circles and rays on ice “sky” are manmade. According to Russian ice diving standards the snow should be removed from the ice in such strange manner to let divers orientate themselves beneath the ice and easily find their way back."

2013 Ocean Art Contest Winners

Brent Durand
Winning Images from the prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest

 

2013 Ocean Art Contest Winners

Awarded over $80,000 in Prizes

 

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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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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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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!

 


 

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| Compact Macro | Compact Behavior | Compact Wide-Angle
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| SuperMacro | Divers/ Fashion

 

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2013 Ocean Art Photo Competition

Brent Durand
Announcing the 2013 Ocean Art Photo Competition, brought to you by the Underwater Photography Guide.

Ocean Art Photo Competition

Ocean Art Photo Competition 2013

Over $80,000 in prizes!

Winners choose their own prizes

3 Categories dedicated to Compact Camera users, 12 categories total

Submission Period Ended Nov 17, 2013.


- View the Winning Photos Here -

Follow the Underwater Photography Guide on Facebook for updates on the 2014 competition.

 

 

Submit underwater photos taken anywhere, anytime

Judges include world-renowned underwater photographers Tony Wu, Martin Edge, Marty Snyderman & Todd Winner

Open to all photographers

 
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Categories

Wide-Angle • Macro • Marine Life Behavior • Portrait • Cold/ Temperate

Nudibranchs  • SuperMacro • Underwater Model/ Fashion • Novice dSLR

Compact Camera Wide-Angle • Compact Camera Marine Life Behavior • Compact Camera Macro

 

Entry Form Link  • Entry Fee Info • Rules • Category Details • Judges • Prize Details

 

 

View the 2011 Ocean Art winning photographs

View the 2010 Ocean Art winning photographs

Please scroll down to view our sponsors and the amazing prizes!

 


 

2013 Ocean Art Platinum Sponsors:

 

 

 


 

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 gift certificates for several contest winners!

 


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!

 


 

 
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Anilao Shootout Winners - Part II

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

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

 

 

Further Reading

 


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Anilao Shootout Winners - Part I

Scott Gietler
The best photos taken on the first leg of our 2012 workshop to Anilao, Philippines, in dSLR and compact.

Anilao Shootout Winners - Part I

The best photos taken on the first leg of our 2012 workshop to Anilao, Philippines, in dSLR and compact.

By Scott Gietler

 
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The second annual UWPG / Bluewater Photo Anilao 2012 Photo Workshop took place in two parts, one trip after another, at the Crystal Blue Resort in The Philippines. We dove four times a day in the incredible warm waters, searching for unique critters, and we were not disappointed. Rare and beautiful macro subjects lurked around every corner, and needless to say we got some great shots.

Photo pro and trip organizer Scott Gietler and trip co-leaders Mike Bartick and Matthew Meier gave daily presentations on underwater photography technique, marine life and post-processing.

Take a look at the best photos from our first trip! Here we have the winners for both dSLR and compact; macro, wide-angle, behavior and portrait. 

To read a few stories from the workshop, check out our trip testimonials. Also, be sure to sign up now for our Third Annual Anilao Photo Workshop, taking place in May of 2013!

You can now see Part II of our Anilao shootout with more winning photos, here!

 

Critter Sightings

The question is not what we saw, it is what didn't we see? We were met with blue-rings, mimic & wonderpus octopus, multiple Rhinopias, multiple hairy frogfish, dozens of non-hairy frogfish, dozens of seahorses, pygmy seahorses and ghost pipefish, mandarin fish, pregnant seahorses giving birth, mating flamboyant cuttlefish, bobbit worms, more than 1 mantis shrimp with eggs, a hundred species of nudibranchs, and endless varieties of shrimps & crabs.

 

DSLR: Macro Winners

 

First Place, Colmani shrimp, taken by Suzan Meldonian

 

Second Place, taken by Nayan Savla

 

Third Place, Starfish, taken by Sydney Hoerler

 

Fourth Place, taken by Peter Cave

 

 

DSLR: Wide-Angle Winners

 

First Place, taken by Peter Cave

 

Second Place, taken by Kathy Cave

 

Third Place, taken by Chris Nursey

 

Fourth Place, taken by Lani Timbrell

 

 

DSLR: Behavior Winners

 

First Place, taken by Debby Wright

 

Second Place, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, taken by Bruce Shafer

 

Third Place, Mimic Octopus, taken by Peter Cave

 

Fourth Place, taken by Eric Leibscher

 

 

DSLR: Portrait Winners

 

First Place, Ribbon Eel, taken by Charles Wright

 

Second Place, Frogfish, taken by Charles Wright

 

Third Place, Phyllodesmium nudibranch, taken by Bruce Shafer

 

Fourth Place, taken by Lani Timbrell

 

 

Compact: Macro Winners

 

First Place, Mushroom coral pipefish, taken by David Thompson

 

Second Place, taken by Caetllonn Seadjwyc

 

Third Place, taken by Ken Rosen

 

 

Compact: Wide-Angle Winners

 

First Place, taken by Michael Strole

 

Second Place, taken by David Thompson

 

Third Place, taken by Michael Strole

 

 

Compact: Behavior Winners

 

First Place,  fighting Octopus, taken by Michael Strole

 

Second Place, Mantis shrimp with eggs, taken by David Thompson

 

Third Place, Chuck Dreyfus

 

 

Compact: Portrait Winners

 

First Place, taken by Chuck Dreyfus

 

Second Place, taken by David Thompson

 

Third Place, taken by Caetllonn Seadjwyc

 

 

Photos taken by Scott Gietler

Even though Anilao is famous for macro, it also has some great wide-angle opportunities. I thought I'd share a couple of my favorite wide-angle shots with everyone, taken with my new Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes. - Scott

 


Lionfish and sunball. F22, 1/250th, ISO 100

 


Trumpfish on a wreck

 


Beautiful reef at Beatrice, with lots of Anthias

 

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Winners Announced for 2011 Ocean Art Contest

Michael Zeigler
Congratulations to all the winners of the Second Annual Ocean Art Photo Competition!

Winners Announced for the 2011 Ocean Art Photo Contest

Congratulations to all the amazing underwater photographers!

By Michael Zeigler

 

 
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Underwater Photography Guide is proud to announce the winners for the Second Annual Ocean Art Photo Competition.  This year's Ocean Art Photo Competition represents entrants from over fifty countries!

 

 

 

Tobias Friedrich, Best of Show

"Manta Madness"

 

Judging was quite difficult due to the high quality of images. World famous underwater photographer and contest judge Martin Edge commented, "This year the judging was very tight due to so many superb images. After much discussion, agreements, and disagreements, we felt the winners really stood out. For myself, the best in show was the most awesome shot in the entire collection."

Thousands of entries were viewed by the judges before the final set of amazing images were selected, and deemed some of the best underwater photos in the world.

 

Winning photos can be seen here:

http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/ocean-art-contest-winners-2011

 

 


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Anilao Shootout Winners 2011

Scott Gietler
Winning photos from the May UWPG Anilao shootout competition.

UWPG Anilao Workshop Participant Photos

Anilao workshop participants share their winning underwater photography from the trip

By Scott Gietler

 
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The 2011 Anilao workshop was a blast. Twenty-five divers boarded six boats each day for some of the best macro and critter diving in the world, in search of Rhinopias, seahorses, ghost pipefish, frogfish and much more. No one was disappointed! Here's an online review that one of the participants wrote about the workshop.

 

Most people shot macro on just about every one of the 35 dives, but there were a few wide-angle photos taken. It's not that there weren't great underwater wide-angle ops, it is just that no one wanted to miss out on a great critter sightings!

The workshop was May 20th through 30th. Crystal Blue Resort did a great job feeding us, filling our tanks with nitrox, and making sure everything ran smoothly, even when we had to launch from an alternate location one day due to bad weather.

Critter sightings including everything imaginable - rhinopia, seahorses, pipefish, frogfish galore, bobbit worms, mimic & wonderpus octopus, stargazers, mantis shrimp with eggs, colmani shrimp, clingfish, bumblebee shrimp, harlequin shrimp, sawblade shrimp, soft coral crabs, flamboyant cuttlefish, many clownfish eggs, ambon scorpionfish, mushroom coral pipefish, squid, cuttlefish, sea snakes, leaf scorpionfish, cuckatoo waspfish, dragonets, mandarin fish, and so much more!

Many thanks to all the participants, the dive guides, Mike Bartick who helped me run the trip, and resort owner Emma Bodota who personally flew over from the USA to make sure everything ran smoothly at the resort.

anilao jukong boats for the underwater photography workshop

Nice view from the resort. These are the jukong boats used to get to the dive sites, usually about 15 minutes away. Photo by David Yang.

 

We are returning to Anilao in May of 2012, please email trips@uwphotographyguide.com for more details! 2012 trip info is here

Stay tuned for part II of this article, a workshop photo essay from the trip leaders Scott Gietler & Mike Bartick.

Congrats to all the excellent photographers!

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Goby on hard coral, 1st place in dSLR portrait category. Photo by Annika Persson. Nikon D80,  F16, 1/125th, ISO 100, 105mm lens. A special congrats to Annika for having so many winning photos in the competition.

 

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Damselfish, 2nd place in dSLR portrait category. Photo by Karl Nemeskeri. Canon 7D, F11, 1/200th, ISO 100, 100mm lens

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Crinoid shrimp, 1st place in dSLR macro category. Photo by Gabriel Se. Nikon D300.

 

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Chromodoris nudibranch, 2nd place in dSLR macro category. Photo by Annika Persson. Nikon D80,  F14, 1/125th, ISO 100, 60mm lens. We saw well over 50 nudibranch species, although previously we've seen over 100.

 

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Anemone Fish, 1st place in dSLR behavior category. Photo by Terence Lee. Nikon D40, F13, 1/250th, ISO 200, 105mm VR lens

 

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Clownfish aerating eggs, 2nd place in dSLR behavior category. Photo by Wendy Taylor. Nikon D300

 

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Crab on coral, 1st place in compact macro category. Photo by Larry Collison. Casion EX-Z1200, F8, internal flash

 

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Pygmy seahorse, 2nd place in compact macro category. Photo by Ingrid Mollan Jensen. Canon G11, F4.5, 1/125th, ISO 80, Epoque macro lens. There were pygmy seahorses at 5 different dive sites.

 

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Tassled frogfish, 1st place in compact portrait category. Photo by Michelle Hoalton. Sea & Sea DX-2G, F11, 1/125th

 

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Mimic octopus, 2nd place in compact portrait category. Photo by Jim Willoughby. Sea & Sea DX-860G

 

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Spawning anemone near dusk, 1st place in compact behavior category. Photo by Ingrid Mollan Jensen. Canon G11, F4, 1/60th, ISO 80. Publisher's note - definitely one of the most stunning photos from the trip imho!

 

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Clownfish with eggs, 2nd place in compact behavior category. Photo by Michelle Hoalton. Sea & Sea DX-2G

 

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Diver and anemone fish at Kirby's Rock, 1st place in wide-angle category. Photo by Annika Persson. Nikon D80, F16, 1/200th, ISO 200, Tokina 10-17mm @ 10mm

 

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Diver and fish, 2nd place in wide-angle category. Photo by Karl Nemeskeri. Canon 7D, F18, 1/50th, ISO 400, Tokina 10-17mm @ 10mm

 

Underwater Photos from 3rd place winners

 

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Wrasse cleaning goatfish, 3rd place in dSLR behavior category. Photo by Robin McMunn. Canon T2i, F7, 1/80th, ISO 100, 60mm lens

 

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Pygmy seahorses, 3rd place in dSLR macro category. Photo by Wendy Taylor. Nikon D300

 

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Wonderpus octopus, 3rd place in dSLR portrait category. Photo by Robin McMunn. Canon T2i, F9, 1/200th, ISO 100, 60mm lens. Pubishers note - I think almost everyone saw a mimic and/or wonderpus on this trip, expect for me!

 

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Snail, 3rd place in compact macro category. Photo by Larry Collison. Casio EX-Z1200, F8, internal flash

 

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Spiny Devilfish, 3rd place in compact portrait category. Photo by Eric Liebscher. Olympus E-PL1 @42mm, F18, 1/160th, ISO 160

 

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Octopus in shell, 3rd place in compact behavior category. Photo by Eric Liebscher. Oly E-PL1 @42mm, F8, 1/160th, ISO 160

 

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Four Lizardfish, 3rd place in wide-angle category. Photo by Michelle Hoalton. Sea & Sea DX-2G

 

 

anilao underwater photo workshop winners

Lacy Rhinopia, HR in portrait category. We are displaying this photo because we really wanted to show off this Rhiopia! Photo by Annika Persson. Nikon D80, F13, 1/60th, ISO 100, 60mm lens

 

A couple excellent photos that didn't make it into the competition...

 

david yang underwater photo anemone fish anilao

Photo by David Yang, Anemone Fish, Nikon D7000

 

bonnie mckenna catfish over reef

Photo by Bonnie McKenna, Juvenile Catfish swimming over coral. Olympus E-PL1

 

anthias and crinoid underwater photo in Anilao

Anthias and Crinoid, photo by Robert Casagrande. Nikon D90, Tokina 12-24mm lens @12mm, F10, 1/60th, ISO 200. Robert had eggs for breakfast, which he says helped him get this nice wide-angle shot.

 

Further Reading

Diving Anilao for Underwater Photography

Ultimate Underwater Critter List

Photographing Frogfish

Tips for improving your macro underwater photography

 

 

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