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Winning images from the SoCal Shootout 2017 sponsored by Bluewater Photo & Travel
By Matthew Sullivan

SoCal Shootout Winners Announced

Matthew Sullivan
Winning images from the SoCal Shootout 2017 sponsored by Bluewater Photo & Travel

Congrats to the winners of the 7th annual SoCal Shootout!

Winning images were taken all over Southern California, from the Northern Channel Islands all the way down to San Diego, and everywhere in between.

Over $20,000 worth of prizes were awarded! These included prizes from platinum sponsors:  Quino el GuardianAquaticaAiyanar Beach & Dive ResortsKraken SportsBluewater Travel

For the full list of winners and to see all of the winning images & videos, please check out the results page on Bluewater Photo

  

SoCal Shootout 2017 winning photos

This amazing uncropped photo of a Blue-banded Goby was taken with a wet diopter and Nikon 105mm macro lens. Stay tuned for a complete "story of the shot" going up on the UWPG site later today!

 

 

1st Place, Edited Video Category

 

 

View All Winning Photos & Video Here

The 8th Annual SoCal Shootout is September 14-16th, 2018!!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matthew Sullivan is an underwater and conservation photographer based out of Los Angeles, CA. For more of his pictures follow him on Instagram or on his website mjsimaging.photoshelter.com

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Winning Images from the prestigious 6th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest
By UWPG News

2016 Ocean Art Contest Winners

UWPG News
Winning Images from the prestigious 6th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest

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Cold Water
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Nudibranchs
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Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition.!

Ocean Art is one of the most prestigious nature photo contests in the world, and the winning images represent some of the best underwater photographs of the year. Photographers from over 60 countries entered images, and over $75,000 in sponsor prizes have been awarded, making the Ocean Art prize value among the highest in the world.

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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Best of Show - Matty Smith

Best of Show - Matty Smith

Shot at Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia with Nikon D810

Story of the Shot

 

 

Wide-Angle Category

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1st Place - Matty Smith

1st Place - Matty Smith

Shot at Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia with Nikon D810

Story of the Shot


2nd Place - Martin Steinmeier

2nd PlaceMartin Steinmeier

Shot at Lembeh Strait in Sulawesi with Canon 7D Mark II

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place – Troy Mayne

3rd Place - Troy Mayne

Shot at Moore Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland, Australia with Nikon D200

Story of the Shot


4th Place - Tony Cherbas

4th Place - Tony Cherbas

Shot at Koloa Landing, Kauai, Hawaii with Canon 7D Mark II

Story of the Shot


5th Place - Marco Gargiulo

5th Place - Marco Gargiulo

Shot at Sant’Agnello, Spiaggia Caterina, Italy with Nikon D800e

Story of the Shot

 

6th Place - Jung Sook Lamy

6th Place - Jung Sook Lamy

Shot at Baja Peninsula with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

HM - Michael Vongelsang

Honorable Mention - Michael Vogelsang

Shot at Banco Chinchorro, Biosfera Reserva, Mexico with Nikon D810

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Marie Elizabeth Mali

Honorable Mention - Marie-Elizabeth Mali

Shot at Vava’u, Kingdom in Tonga with Nikon D800

Story of the Shot

 

 

Macro Category

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1st Place - Dennis Corpuz

1st Place - Dennis Corpuz

Shot in Anilao, Philippines with Nikon D7000

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Giacomo Giovannini

2nd Place - Giacomo Giovannini

Shot at Rimini, Italy with Nikon D610

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Lazaro Ruda

3rd Place - Lazaro Ruda

Shot in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA with Nikon D810

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Lorenzo Terraneo

4th Place - Lorenzo Terraneo

Shot in Capo Noli (Savona), Italy with Nikon D7200

Story of the Shot

 

6th Place - Irwin Ang

5th Place - Irwin Ang

Shot at Lombok, Indonesia with Nikon D7000

 Story of the Shot

 

HM - Francesco Pacienza

6th Place - Francesco Pacienza

Shot at Taranto, Mar Piccolo, South of Italy with Nikon D7100

Story of the Shot

 

HM - Shu Shu Ricky

Honorable Mention - Shu Shu Ricky

Shot at Sai Kung, Hong Kong with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

 

 

Cold Water Category

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1st Place - Tobias Dahlin

1st Place - Tobias Dahlin

Shot at Skällingesjön, Varberg, Sweden with Nikon D7100

Story of the Shot

 

2nd - Ellen Cuylaerts

2nd Place - Ellen Cuylaerts

Shot at Farne Islands, Northumberland, United Kingdom with Nikon D800

Story of the Shot

 

2nd - Ellen Cuylaerts

3rd Place - Yannick Gouguenheim

Shot with Nikon D7000 

 Story of the Shot


4th Place - Brook Peterson

4th Place - Brook Peterson

Shot at Santa Barbara Island, California, USA with Nikon D810

 Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Gayle Van Leer

5th Place - Gayle Van Leer

Shot at Off Point Loma, San Diego, USA with Sony A6000

Story of the Shot


HM – Mirko Zanni

Honorable Mention - Mirko Zanni

Shot at Sassolo Lake On Maggia Valley, Swiss Alpes, Switzerland with Canon 5D

Story of the Shot

 


Portrait Category

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1st Place – Joaquin Gutierrez

1st Place - Joaquin Gutierrez

Shot at Canary Island, Spain with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Renee Capozzola

2nd Place - Renee Capozzola

Shot at Moorea, French Polynesia with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Anders Salesjo

3rd Place - Anders Salesjö

Shot with Fuji S5Pro

Story of the Shot

 

HM - Francesco Visitin

4th - Francesco Visitin

Shot at Isola del Tinetto, Portovenere, Italy with Nikon D7000

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Damien Mauric

5th Place - Damien Mauric

Story of the Shot

 

6th Place - Damien Mauric

6th Place - Damien Mauric

Story of the Shot

 

HM - Nicholas Remy

Honorable Mention - Nicolas and Léna Remy

Shot at Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK with Nikon D500

Story of the Shot

 

HM - Jeff Milisen

Honorable Mention - Jeff Milisen

Shot at Kona, Hawaii with Canon T1i

 Story of the Shot

 

 

 

Marine Life Behavior

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1st Place - Gino Symus

1st PlaceGino Symus

Shot at Turnhout, Belgium with Canon 7D

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place – Eduardo Acevedo

2nd Place - Eduardo Acevedo

Shot at Los Gigantes, Canary Island, Spain with Canon 5D Mark II

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Gianni Colucci

3rd Place - Gianni Colucci

Shot at Ionian Sea, Italy  with Nikon D700

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Joaquin Gutierrez

4th Place - Joaquin Gutierrez

Shot at Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

6th Place - Greg Lecoeur

5th Place - Greg Lecoeur

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Henley Spiers

Honorable Mention - Henley Spiers

Shot at Anse Cochon, St. Lucia with Nikon D7200

Story of the Shot

 

 

 

Novice DSLR

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1st Place - Catalin Craciun

1st Place - Catalin Craciun

Shot at Coron, Palawan, Philippines with Nikon D300

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Markus Hunkel

2nd Place - Markus Hunkel

Shot at Pedro Do Sousa, Fajal/Acores with Sony A7II

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Ty Oliver

3rd Place - Ty Oliver

Shot at Wolf Island, Galapagos  with Nikon D7200

Story of the Shot 

 

4th Place - Ty Oliver

4th Place - Ty Oliver

Shot at Fernandina Island, Galapagos with Nikon D7200

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Markus Hunkel

5th Place - Markus Hunkel

Shot at Open Ocean between Santa Maria & Formigas/ Azores with Sony a7II

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Edoardo Errani

Honorable Mention - Edoardo Errani

Shot at Raja Ampat, Indonesia with Nikon D700

Story of the Shot

 

 

 

Mirrorless Macro

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1st Place - Scipione Mannacio Soderini

1st Place - Scipione Mannacio Soderini

Shot in Puerto Galera, Philippines

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Lilian Koh

2nd Place - Lilian Koh

Shot with Olympus EM5 Mark II

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Pier Mane

3rd Place - Pier Mane

Shot with Olympus EM1

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Bert de Wit

4th Place - Bert De Wit 

Shot at Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia with Olympus EM1

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place – Peter McGee

Honorable Mention - Peter McGee

Shot at Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia with Sony NEX7

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Daniel Geary

Honorable Mention - Daniel Geary

Shot in Dauin, Philippines with Olympus E-PL5

Story of the Shot

 

 

 

Mirrorless Behavior

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1st Place - Jenny Stomvoll

1st Place - Jenny Stomvoll

Shot at Ponta Bay, Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique with Sony NEX5

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Lynn Wu

2nd Place - Lynn Wu

Shot at Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia with Olympus E-PL5

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Denis Timchenko

3rd Place - Denis Timchenko

Shot at Mabini, Batangas, Philippines with Sony NEX7

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Fabio Galbiati

4th Place - Fabio Galbiati

Shot at tBangka Island, Sulawesi, Indonesia with Olympus EM5

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Maurizio Pasi

Honorable Mention - Maurizio Pasi

Shot at Noli, Savona, Italy with Olympus E-M1

Story of the Shot

 

 

 

Mirrorless Wide-Angle

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1st Place - Eugene Kitsios

1st Place - Eugene Kitsios

Shot at Bimini, Bahamas with Olympus E-M1

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Oktay Calisir

2nd Place - Oktay Calisir

Shot at Outer South Ari Atoll, Maldives with Olympus E-M1

Story of the Shot


3rd place - Pier Mane

3rd Place - Pier Mane

Shot in Solomon Island with Olympus E-M1

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Jim Catlin

4th Place - Jim Catlin

Shot at Tulum, Mexico with Olympus E-M5 Mark II

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Rhiana Roque

Honorable Mention - Rhiana Roque

Shot at Kona, Hawaii, USA with Olympus E-M5 Mark II

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Pier Mane

Honorable Mention  - Pier Mane

Shot at Raja Ampat, Indonesia with Olympus E-M1

Story of the Shot

 

 

 

Compact Macro Category

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1st Place - Lawrence Alex Wu

1st Place - Lawrence Alex Wu

Shot at Anilao, Philippines with Olympus c5050Z

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Kenji Cheow

2nd Place - Kenji Cheow

Shot at Tioman Island, Malaysia with Olympus TG3

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Stefano Cerbai

3rd Place - Stefano Cerbai

Shot at Argentario, Toscana, Italy with Canon G12

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Melody Chuang

4th Place - Melody Chuang

Shot at Secret Garden of North-East Coast, Taiwan with Canon G16

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Andrew Leighton

Honorable Mention – Andrew Leighton

Shot at Anilao, Philippines with Canon G7X

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Curtis Bale

Honorable Mention – Curtis Bale

Shot at Komodo, Indonesia with SeaLife DC1400

Story of the Shot

 

Compact Behavior

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1st Place- Lawrence Alex Wu

1st Place - Lawrence Alex Wu

Shot at Hin Deang, Thailand with Olympus XZ-1

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Stephen Holinski

2nd Place - Stephen Holinski

Shot at Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada with Sony RX100

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Abimael Marquez

3rd Place - Abimael Márquez

Shot at Crash Boat, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico with Sony RX-100

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place – Jack Berthomier

4th Place - Jack Berthomier

Shot at Ouemo Bay Noumea,New Caledonia with Sony RX-100

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Stefano Cerbai

Honorable Mention - Stefano Cerbai

Shot with Canon G12

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Chandy de Wit

Honorable Mention - Chandy de Wit

Shot at Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia with Canon G12

Story of the Shot

 

 

Compact Wide-Angle

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1st Place - Stephen Holinski

1st Place - Stephen Holinski

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

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Pietro Cremone

2nd Place - Pietro Cremone

Shot at Baa Atoll, Maldives with Sony RX-100 Mark IV

Story of the Shot


3rd Place - Juan Pablo Plaza

3rd Place - Juan Pablo Plaza

Shot at Dumaguete, Philippines with Olympus TG4

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Lawrence Alex Wu

4th Place - Lawrence Alex Wu

Shot at Koh PhiPhi, Thailand with Olympus TG3

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Andrea Falcomatà

Honorable Mention - Andrea Falcomatà

Shot at Bunaken, Indonesia with Canon G16

 Story of the Shot

 

HM – Ilaria Gonelli

Honorable Mention - Ilaria Gonelli

Shot at Aelioan Archipelago, Sicily, Italy with Canon G12

 Story of the Shot

 

 

 

Nudibranchs

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1st Place - Rafael Cosme

1st Place - Rafael Cosme

Shot at Tulamben, Bali with Canon S100

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Albert Sáiz Tezanos

2nd Place - Albert Sáiz Tezanos

Shot in Pulau Weh, Indonesia with Nikon D800e

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Christian Gloor

3rd Place - Christian Gloor

Shot in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia with Olympus E-M5   

Story of the Shot


4th Place - Dennis Corpuz 

4th Place - Dennis Corpuz

Shot in Anilao, Philippines with Nikon D7000

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Ian Chow

5th Place - Ian Chow

Shot in Anilao, Philippines with Canon 6D

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Vania Kam

Honorable Mention - Vania Kam

Shot at Tulamben, Indonesia with Nikon D750

Story of the Shot

 

 

 

Supermacro

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1st Place - Chad Tamis

1st  Place - Chad Tamis

Shot in Nootka Sound, British Columbia, Canada with Nikon D800

Story of the Shot 

 

2nd Place - Kelvin Tan H.Y.

2nd Place - Kelvin Tan H.Y

Shot in Tulamben, Indonesia with Canon 5D Mark III

 Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Dennis Corpuz

3rd Place - Dennis Corpuz

Shot in Anilao, Philippines with Nikon D7000

Story of the Shot


3rd Place - Stefano Scortegagna

3rd Place - Stefano Scortegagna

Shot in Tembeh, Indonesia with Nikon D800e

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Yat Wai So

5th Place - Yat Wai So

Shot Anilao, Philippines with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Yat Wai So

Honorable Mention - Yat Wai So

Shot at Anilao, Philippines with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

HM – George Low

Honorable Mention - George Low

Shot with Nikon D7000

Story of the Shot

 

 

 

Reefscapes

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1st Place - Jeong Sang Keun

1st  Place - Jeong Sang Keun 

Shot at Lembeh, Indonesia with Olympus TG4

Story of the Shot 

 

2nd Place - Pedro Carrillo

2nd Place - Pedro Carrillo

Shot at Canary Island, Spain with Nikon D300

 Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Gino Symus

3rd Place - Gino Symus

Shot in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada with Canon 7D

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Pier Mane

4th Place - Pier Mane

Shot in Solomon Island with Olympus E-M1

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Thomas Heckmann

5th Place - Thomas Heckmann

Shot Bonaire, Netherlands with Nikon D800e

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Marco Fierli

Honorable Mention - Marco Fierli

Shot at South Sulawesi, Indonesia with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

 

 

Pool / Conceptual

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1st Place - Christian Miller

1st Place - Christian Miller

Shot at Fitzroy Island, Queensland, Australia with Nikon D800

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Conor Culver

2nd Place - Conor Culver

Shot at Ambon, Indonesia and Denver Colorado with Nikon D800e

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Lucie Drlikova

3rd Place - Lucie Drlikova

Shot at Aquapalace Praha, Prague, Czech Republic with Nikon D810

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Julian Nedev

4th Place - Julian Nedev

Shot in Nikiti, Greece with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Thomas Heckmann

Honorable Mention - Thomas Heckmann

Shot at Germany with Nikon D800e

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Massimo Giorgetta

Honorable Mention - Massimo Giorgetta

Shot in Italy with Nikon D800e

Story of the Shot

 

HM – Julian Nedev

Honorable Mention - Julian Nedev

Shot at Island Tenerife, Los Abrigos, Spain with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

 


Complete List of Winners

 

Best of Show

"Blue Lasso" by Matty Smith

 

Wide-Angle

1st Place:  Matty Smith
2nd Place:  Martin Steinmeier
3rd Place:  Troy Mayne
4th Place:  Tony Cherbas
5th Place:  Marco Gargiulo
6th Place:  Jung Sook Lamy
HM:  Michael Vogelsang
HM:  Marie-Elizabeth Mali

 

Macro

1st Place:  Dennis Corpuz
2nd Place:  Giacomo Giovannini
3rd Place:  Lazaro Ruda
4th Place:  Lorenzo Terraneo
5th Place:  Irwin Ang
6th:  Francesco Pacienza
HM:  Shu Shu Ricky

 

Coldwater

1st Place: Tobias Dahlin
2nd Place:  Ellen Cuylaerts
3rd Place:  Yannick Gouguenheim
4th Place:  Brook Peterson
5th Place:  Gayle Van Leer
HM:  Mirko Zanni

 

Portrait

1st Place:  Joaquin Gutierrez  
2nd Place:  Renee Capozzola  
3rd Place:  Anders Salesjö
4th Place:  Francesco Visintin
5th Place:  Damien Mauric
6th Place:  Damien Mauric
HM:  Nicolas & Léna Remy
HM:  Jeff Milisen

 

Marine Life Behavior

1st Place:  Gino Symus
2nd Place:  Eduardo Acevedo
3rd Place:  Gianni Colucci
4th Place:  Joaquin Gutierrez
5th Place:  Greg Lecoeur
HM:  Henley Spiers

 

Reefscapes

1st Place:  Jeong Sang Keun
2nd Place:  Pedro Carrillo
3rd Place:  Gino Symus
4th Place:  Pier Mane
5th Place:  Thomas Heckmann
HM:  Marco Fierli

 

Novice DSLR

1st Place:  Catalin Craciun
2nd Place:  Markus Hunkel
3rd Place:  Ty Oliver
4th Place:  Ty Oliver
5th Place:  Markus Hunkel
HM:  Edoardo Errani

 

Compact Macro

1st Place:  Lawrence Alex Wu
2nd Place:  Kenji Cheow
3rd Place:  Stefano Cerbai
4th Place:  Melody Chuang
HM:  Andrew Leighton
HM:  Curtis Bale

 

Compact Marine Life Behavior

1st Place:  Lawrence Alex Wu
2nd Place:  Stephen Holinski
3rd Place:  Abimael Márquez
4th Place:  Jack Berthomier
HM:  Stefano Cerbai
HM:  Chandy de Wit

 

Compact Wide-Angle

1st Place:  Stephen Holinski
2nd Place:  Pietro Cremone
3rd Place:  Juan Pablo Plaza
4th Place:  Lawrence Alex Wu
HM:  Andrea Falcomatà
HM:  Ilaria Gonelli

 

Nudibranchs

1st Place:  Rafael Cosme
2nd Place:  Albert Sáiz Tezanos
3rd Place:  Christian Gloor
4th Place:  Dennis Corpuz
5th Place:  Ian Chow
HM:  Vania Kam

 

Supermacro

1st Place:  Chad Tamis
2nd Place:   Kelvin Tan H.Y
3rd Place:  Dennis Corpuz
3rd Place:  Stefano Scortegagna
5th Place:  Yat Wai So
HM:  Yat Wai So
HM:  George Low

 

Pool/Conceptual

1st Place:  Christian Miller
2nd Place:  Conor Culver
3rd Place:  Lucie Drlikova
4th Place:  Julian Nedev
HM:  Thomas Heckmann
HM:  Massimo Giorgetta
HM:  Julian Nedev

 


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Winning Images from the prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest
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2015 Ocean Art Contest Winners

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Winning Images from the prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest

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Nudibranchs
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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.

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

 

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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

 


 

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Ocean Art Photo Competition 2015 Judges Comments

The Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition is one of the most prestigious u/w photo contests in the world, attracting a high caliber of entries from photographers around the world. 15 different categories ensure fun competition for all camera classes and disciplines of underwater photography. 

If you haven't yet, be sure to check out the 2015 Ocean Art Contest Winners.

Ocean Art would not be possible without our esteemed judging panel, who have decades of experience and have earned some of the most prestigious awards in diving, photo and video industries.

Here is what our judges had to say about this year's competition.

 

 

Marty Snyderman

The author of Dive Training magazine's Behind the Lens column, Marty Snyderman has made his living as an underwater photographer, photography instructor, author and speaker for close to 40 years.

www.martysnyderman.com

 

First of all, I would like to say congratulations to all of the photographers that won any category, and to those that images recognized in any way! Every category had strong images, and you have every right to feel proud. And now that you have had a moment to pat yourself on the back along with all of us doing the same, gear up. Next year's competition is certain to be even stronger!

The fact is, the images are better and better every year. That is one of the reasons I so thoroughly enjoy participating as a judge. I also continue to learn from Scott, Martin and Tony. We all see the world and photography through different eyes, and I truly enjoy and appreciate their photographic insights. While we agree and disagree about various images, it is very clear that everyone takes their responsibility seriously.

With regard to any advice I have for contestants: Read the rules and guidelines carefully so that you are in compliance and so you enter your images in the appropriate category. Be very careful about "over-processing" images. Images that look great on Facebook or other social media often show processing flaws when enlarged. 

As always, enjoy the process of creating and sharing images, not just the processed images and judging results!

I wish everyone a great 2016, and look forward to seeing your images in next year's contest!

- Marty Snyderman

 

 

Martin Edge

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

www.edgeunderwaterphotography.com

 

For those of you who are new to underwater photography competitions or are perhaps a little frustrated with your progression through the process then I may have a few words for you.  

The standard of this year's "Ocean Art Competition" was very strong indeed but during the first round some of the participants made it a little easier for our judging panel of Tony Wu, Marty Snyderman and myself.  From my own point of view the strength of composition was a factor as to who made the second cut. So here are a few tips for next time!

 

  • We don't purposely go looking for compositional flaws. They stick out like a sore thumb.  Distractions close to the edge of the image attract the viewer and so often lead the eye out of the frame.  We move on to another image and seldom look back.

  • There were too many cluttered backgrounds in the 1st round.  You have to pay attention to what is behind your main subject and in particular, try to avoid elements which merge into each other.

  • Aspect ratio!  You are allowed to crop your image before you enter the competition,  but I felt that too many of you from the 1st round were leaving too much empty space around your subject. It was as though you had to keep to your camera sensor dimensions for some reason.  Other successful images were cropped into a variety of shapes which accentuated the strength of the composition. In the final round we had a number of square crops, which also added to the strength of the composition.    Whilst I'm on the subject please allow me to continue.  Aspect ratio of all Fx and Dx SLR's regardless of sensor size or megapixels use the 3.2 aspect. Micro 4:3rds and many compacts use a 4:3 aspect ratio.  Some of you will remember the traditional square 1:1 format such as Hasselblads and Rolleiflexes. Remember, it's all about the image so my advice is to use the best crop for your best composition .

  • Eyes have to be in focus!  If one eye is visible, it has to be in focus. Two eyes visible - both have to be in focus.  If you have the best image ever but in your heart you know that one eye is soft then leave it to one side.

  • And finally.  The nature of underwater photography allows us to capture moments in time which would appear upside down to the eye of the viewer. It doesn't mean you have to submit your competition entry in the particular orientation it was taken!  If you need to rotate it upside down, back to front, counter clock wise in order to make sense then do so by all means. It's alien for us to do this on land but underwater there are no rules. Images of jelly fish in Snells Window spring to mind but before you decide on format, try viewing them on your screen at home in all ways possible.

- Martin Edge

 

Tony Wu

Author of a coffee table book entitled Silent Symphony, which received the grand prize for best book of the year at Antibes in 2001. He also won the prestigious Veolia environment wildife photographer of the year award.

www.tonywublog.com

 

I have now had the opportunity to converse with Marty, Martin and Scott for several years in the context of judging the Ocean Art contest. Though we’ve always had a pleasant dialogue with mutual respect, this year, I noticed that our discussion was quite fluid (pun intended), almost as if we could anticipate what everyone else’s views were likely to be.

I suppose this should not come as a surprise, but it still amazed me, given that we don't really communicate extensively throughout the rest of the year!

Anyway, this ease and comfort of discussion facilitated the ability to “get straight to the point” so to speak, focusing in (pun intended again) on critical issues. 

The themes that appeared were, no surprise, the same as in years past, and perhaps the same as in most photo contests. I would encourage you to read the comments from last year, as there will most likely be substantial overlap with those provided by the judges this year. (Brent - link to last year’s comment page?)

I’m going to pick three major points to hammer home.

1. Do No Manhandle Marine Life!  Yes, it’s obvious when you do. And yes, your photo obviously gets thrown out immediately when I see the obvious manhandling. Cards to prop up nudibranchs? Obvious. Animals that are on backdrops that they would never be caught dead on naturally? Obvious. You and your dive guide may think that you’re being clever, but it’s quite the opposite. Don’t be an obvious dolt.

2. Please enter your image in the correct category.  There were, once again, a few images that could have done well, but were entered into the wrong categories. Submitting a behavior shot into the open macro category could work out for you, but it could also, and did in every instance, work against you. It’s sad when I want give an image recognition, but can’t.

3. There is a difference between an impressive subject and an impressive image.  Just because you happen to jump in the water with big animals like sharks or whales and snap a photo doesn’t make it a prize-winning image. When you enter an image into a photo contest, photography skills, originality and creativity are important. Take whales for example. I spend a lot of time with them. I can easily see when an image is just “jump in, snap away” vs. “jump in, think, position, capture a beautiful, meaningful moment with solid photo technique.” Ditto with sharks, mantas, etc.

Let me conclude on a positive note, and say that there were a number of “crackers” as Martin would say with his wonderful British accent. You’ll see them among the winners. Congratulations! 

There were also some images that required time to settle-in. What I mean is that some images pop as soon as you look at them, but others require a second or third view before you understand them. In other words, they are subtle. 

I am particularly fond of subtle. There were a couple of images that I picked and thought: “No one else will like these.” because I tend to be the outlier with every group of judges in every contest. But this time, my fellow judges agreed that the subtlety worked.

In viewing the awarded images, you’ll hopefully see the ones that are obvious vs the ones that are subtle. Both approaches work, and both require skill. Perhaps something to consider for future contests.

Happy, and safe, adventures in 2016.

- Tony Wu

 

Scott Gietler

Owner of the Underwater Photography Guide, Bluewater Photo, Bluewater Travel, and founder of the Ocean Art photo competition - Scott has been teaching underwater photography workshops around the world for several years.

 

I want to give a huge congratulations to all of the photographers. This year was our best set of photos yet, and many outstanding images were not even able to make honorable mention. In recognition of this, we added a couple of 5th and 6th places to some of the most competitive categories. 

The first place winners, in particular, were very unique and creative photos that will continue to raise the bar for underwater photographers.

A variety of equipment was used to take the photos, but several compact cameras continue to take amazing photos, showing that is it not just the gear, but also the skill of the photographers. This was the first year we had 3 categories dedicated to mirrorless cameras, and the quality of those photos show that mirrorless cameras are here to stay, and will continue to draw sales from the high-end compacts and from dSLRs, especially as more housing manufacturers are starting to support mirrorless.

Myself and the other judges had a strong preference this year for colorful, natural looking photos, that were not too over-processed. Photos taken in the subjects' natural environment did well, where photos of subjects that were artificially moved did not fare as well.

This year had some particularly mind-blowing photos in the Open Behavior category, with many photos that could have won in previous years not even placing in that category. The spawning frogfish photo in particular was such a rare sign to capture, and the photographer did a great job.

Ever year there are trends, and this year was no exception. Last year we saw a lot of turtles & sperm whales, this year we saw a lot of humpback whales, mandarin fish, skeleton shrimp, and jawfish with eggs - along with quite a few photos of the famous Chinchorro crocodile.

If you didn't win this year, I highly encourage you to try again next year, as you never know when your photograph will catch a judge's eye, and they will make a strong case for your photo, often times swaying the other judges in your favor. Tony Wu is famous for doing that, and I am happy to say he was more successful at it this year :)

 - Scott Gietler

 

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Winning Images from the prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest
By UWPG News

2014 Ocean Art Contest Winners

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Winning Images from the prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest

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2014 Ocean Art Contest Winners

Awarded over $70,000 in Prizes

View the Ocean Art 2015 winners here

 

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.

Click here to skip photos & view list of winners' names

 

Special thanks to Tony Wu, Martin Edge, Marty Snyderman and Scott Gietler 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

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Best of Show - Ray Collins

"Underwater - Kirra Point"  Shot at Kirra Point, Australia with Nikon D4

Story of the Shot

 

 

Wide-Angle Category

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1st Place - Ray Collins

"Underwater - Kirra Point"  Shot at Kirra Point, Australia with Nikon D4

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Gang Song

"Crocodile's Dusk"  Shot in Quintana Roo, Mexico with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Shane Gross

"Fire in the Sky"  Shot in Eleuthera, Bahamas with Nikon D90

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Montse Grillo

"Follow Me"  Shot in Tenerife, Canary Islands with Canon 7D

Story of the Shot

 

 

5th Place - Davide Lopresti

"Animal in Cage"  Shot at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico with Nikon D600

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Alejandro Prieto

"Beach Guardians"  Shot at Playa Del Carmen, Mexico with Canon 5D Mark II

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Eiko Jones

"Transitions"  Shot in British Columbia with Nikon D800

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - David Salvatori

"Mom and Son"  Shot at Dominica Island with Nikon D800E

Story of the Shot

 

 

Macro Category

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1st Place - Ron Watkins

"Tiny Refuge in the Dark"  Shot in Kona, Hawaii with Nikon D800

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Uwe Schmolke

"Juvenile Pinnate Batfish"

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3rd Place - Marchione Giacomo

"The Labyrinth"  Shot in the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia with Nikon D800E

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Anthony Berberian

"Dancing Hunter"  Shot in Tahiti with Nikon D800E

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Digant Desai

"The Harp Maestro"  Shot in Tulamben, Bali with Canon 7D

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Annika Persson

"Bug"  Shot in Tromsø, Norway with Nikon D300

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Filip Staes

"The Guardian"  Shot in Raja Ampat, Indonesia with Nikon D7100

Story of the Shot

 

 

 

Cold Water Category

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Ocean Art coldwater underwater photo competition winner

1st Place - Lill Haugen

"Bigmouth"  Shot in Ørsta, Norway with Nikon D300

Story of the Shot

 

2st Place - David Salvatori

"Towards the Light"  Shot in Ticino, Switzerland with Nikon D800E

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Nirupam Nigam

"Postmeridian Sockeye"  Shot in Lake Lliamna, Alaska with Olympus E-PM1

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Kaido Haagen

"Perfect Silence"  Shot in Estonia with Canon 600D

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Michael Weberberger

"Sun Dancer"  Shot in Styria, Austria with Nikon D800

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Gang Song

"Altitude 1890M"  Shot in Lake Lioson, Switzerland with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

Portrait Category

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Ocean art underwater photography competititon winner - Portrait category

1st Place - Nonna Pokras

"Electric Spider Crab"  Shot in Tulamben, Bali with Canon 5D Mark II

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Mario Odorisio

"Fly"  Shot in the Azores, Portugal with Canon 550D

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Steven Kovacs

"Scallop Portrait"  Shot in Florida, USA with Nikon D7000

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Christine Shepard

"A Shot in the Dark"  Shot in Bimini, Bahamas with Canon 7D

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Lill Haugen

"Welcome to the Shark Side"  Shot in Reve, Norway with Nikon D300

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Uwe Schmolke

"Eyes"

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Honorable Mention - David Salvatori

"Last Stop"  Shot in the Magra River, Italy with Nikon D800E

Read the story of the shot to find out what this rare subject is!

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Luc Rooman

"Turtle"  Shot in a lake near Antwerp, Belgium with Nikon D300s

Story of the Shot

 

 

Marine Life Behavior Category

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1st Place - Ilan Ben Tov

"Lionfish Staring at its Lunch"  Shot in Eliat, Israel with Nikon D300

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Steven Kovacs

"Pike Blenny Fight"  Shot in Florida, USA with Nikon D7000

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Jerry Tang

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

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Roland Bach

"O Sole Mio"  Shot in Minorca, Spain with Nikon D300

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Steven Kovacs

"New Generation"  Shot in Florida, USA with Nikon D7000

Story of the Shot

 

 

Novice DSLR Category

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1st Place - So Yat Wai

"Laomenes Rests on Crinoid"  Shot in Tulamben, Bali with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Carolyn Wang

"Silvertip in the Sun"  Shot in Rangiroa, French Polynesia with Olympus E-M1

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Collin Wu

"Rangiroa Dolphin"  Shot in Rangiroa, French Polynesia with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Renee Capozzola

"Honu Heaven"  Shot in Maui, Hawaii with Sony A5000

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - So Yat Wai

"Skeleton Shrimp Face-on Portrait"  Shot Anilao, Philippines with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Renee Capozzola

"Blacktip Reflection"  Shot Fakarava, French Polynesia with Sony A5000

Story of the Shot

 

 

Compact Macro Category

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1st Place - Giacomo Giovannini

"Angry Sepiola"  Shot in Trieste, Italy with Canon G12

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Kiyoung Jang

"Unbeliebubble"  Shot at Jeju Island, South Korea with Olympus TG-3

Story of the Shot

 

Ocean Art compact macro category - underwater photo winner

3rd Place - Fabio Galbiati

"One Way!"  Shot in Tulamben, Bali with Sony RX100

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Elisabeth Lauwerys

"Bubble Coral Shrimp"  Shot in Sipadan, Malaysia with Canon G15

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Dusan Zencak

"Psychedelic Spiral"  Shot in Reggio Calabria, Italy with Canon G12

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Chandy de Wit

"Nudi Art"  Shot in Padang Bai, Bali with Canon G12

Story of the Shot

 

 

Compact Marine Life Behavior

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1st Place - Jack Berthomier

"Eyes Bigger than the Stomach"  Shot in Noumea, New Caledonia with Sony RX100

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Jack Berthomier

"Impressive Jaws"  Shot in Noumea, New Caledonia with Sony RX100

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Alexander Bublitz

"My Home is my Castle"  Shot at Giglio Island, Italy with SeaLife DC1000

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Igor Pereverzev

"Arguing Lovers"  Shot in Myanmar with Olympus C-5050

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Michal Ross

"Two Spot Octopus Guarding Eggs"  Shot at Catalina Island, USA with Olympus TG-2

Story of the Shot

 

 

Compact Wide-Angle

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1st Place - Arek Mszyca

"Attention Seeker"  Shot on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia with Canon G16

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Marc Casanovas

"Trio"  Shot in Vilassar de Mar, Spain with Sony RX100II

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Stephen Holinski

"Hoodie Noodles"  Shot in British Columbia, Canada with Sony RX100

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Stephen Holinski

"Little Red Devil"  Shot in British Columbia, Canada with Sony RX100

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Marc Casanovas

"Under the Bridge"  Shot in Badalona, Spain with Sony RX100II

Story of the Shot

 

 

Nudibranchs

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ocean art nudibranchs underwater photo winner

1st Place - Eduardo Acevedo Fernandez

"Glaucus Atlanticus"  Shot in the Canary Islands, Spain with Canon 5D Mark II

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Jackie Hildering

"Just Below the Surface"  Shot in British Columbia, Canada with Olympus E-PL2

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Diana Paboojian

"Peep's Lil Sheep"  Shot in Tulamben, Bali with Nikon D7100

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Luc Rooman

"Flabelina Nobilis"  Shot in Gulen, Norway with Nikon D300s

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - So Yat Wai

"Doto sp. with Eggs"  Shot in Tulamben, Indonesia with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Yury Ivanov

"Carmen"  Shot in Tulamben, Bali with Nikon D80

Story of the Shot

 

 

Super Macro Category

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pygmy seahorse pregnant

1st Place - Filippo Borghi

"Fat Pygmy"  Shot in Raja Ampat, Indonesia with Nikon D800E

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Raffaele Livornese

"Perfect Eyes"  Shot in Anilao, Philippines with Nikon D90

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Qing Lin

"Home"  Shot in Tulamben, Bali with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Robert Roy

"Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker on Kelp"  Shot in British Columbia, Canada with Canon EOS M

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Jeffrey de Guzman

"Shaggy Baby"  Shot in Anilao, Philippines with Nikon D800E

Story of the Shot

 

 

Divers & Fashion

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1st Place - Lucie Drlikova

"Underwater Circus"  Shot at a pool in Prague, Czech Republic with Nikon D700

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Steffen Binke

"Heroes"  Shot at a pool in Queensland, Australia with Nikon D800

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Nina Baxa

"Meander"  Shot in the Cayman Islands with Olympus E-M5

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Jim Catlin

"Sarah and the Starfish"  Shot in Grand Cayman with Panasonic GX1

Story of the Shot

 

Ocean Art fashion underwater photography winner

Honorable Mention - Massimo Giorgetta

"Maira the Mirror"  Shot at a pool in Latina, Italy with Nikon D700

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Rui Guerra

"Intense Look into the Future"  Shot at a pool in Coina, Portugal with Nikon D800

Story of the Shot

 

 

Complete List of Winners

 

Best of Show

Ray Collins


Wide-Angle
1st Place:  Ray Collins
2nd Place:  Gang Song
3rd Place:  Shane Gross
4th Place:  Montse Grillo
5th Place:  Davide Lopresti
HM:  Alejandro Prieto
HM:  Eiko Jones
HM:  David Salvatori
 
Macro
1st Place:  Ron Watkins
2nd Place:  Uwe Schmolke
3rd Place:  Marchione Giacomo
4th Place:  Anthony Berberian
5th Place:  Digant Desai
HM:  Annika Persson
HM:  Filip Staes
 
Cold Water
1st Place:  Lill Haugen
2nd Place:  David Salvatori
3rd Place:  Nirupam Nigam
4th Place:  Kaido Haagen
HM:  Michael Weberberger
HM:  Gang Song
 
Portrait
1st Place:  Nonna Pokras
2nd Place:  Mario Odorisio
3rd Place:  Steven Kovacs
4th Place:  Christine Shepard
5th Place:  Lill Haugen
HM:  Uwe Schmolke
HM:  David Salvatori
HM:  Luc Rooman
 
Marine Life Behavior
1st Place:  Ilan Ben Tov
2nd Place:  Steven Kovacs
3rd Place:  Jerry Tang
4th Place:  Roland Bach
HM:  Steven Kovacs
 
Novice dSLR
1st Place:  Yatwai So
2nd Place:  Carolyn Wang
3rd Place:  Collin Wu
4th Place:  Renee Capozzola
HM:  Yatwai So
HM:  Renee Capozzola
 
Compact Macro
1st Place:  Giacomo Giovannini
2nd Place:  Kiyoung Jang
3rd Place:  Fabio Galbiati
4th Place:  Elisabeth Lauwerys
HM:  Dusan Zencak
HM:  Chandy de Wit
 
Compact Marine Life Behavior
1st Place:  Jack Berthomier
2nd Place:  Jack Berthomier
3rd Place:  Alexander Bublitz
4th Place:  Igor Pereverzev
HM:  Michal Ross
 
Compact Wide-Angle
1st Place:  Arek Mszyca
2nd Place:  Marc Casanovas
3rd Place:  Stephen Holinski
4th Place:  Stephen Holinski
HM:  Marc Casanovas
 
Nudibranchs
1st Place:  Eduardo Acevedo Fernandez
2nd Place:  Jackie Hildering
3rd Place:  Diana Paboojian
4th Place:  Luc Rooman
HM:  Yatwai So
HM:  Yury Ivanov
 
Super Macro
1st Place:  Filippo Borghi
2nd Place:  Raffaele Livornese
3rd Place:  Qing Lin
4th Place:  Robert Roy
HM:  Jeffrey de Guzman 
 
Divers/ Fashion
1st Place:  Lucie Drlikova
2nd Place:  Steffen Binke
3rd Place:  Nina Baxa
4th Place:  Jim Catlin
HM:  Massimo Giorgetta
HM:  Rui Guerra

 

 


 

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

 


 

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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!

 

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Ocean Art Judges Comment on the Competition
By UWPG News

Ocean Art Photo Competition 2014 Judges Comments

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Ocean Art Judges Comment on the Competition

 

Ocean Art Photo Competition 2014

Judges' comments

 
 
 
 

Marty Snyderman

The author of Dive Training magazine's Behind the Lens column, Marty Snyderman has made his living as an underwater photographer, photography instructor, author and speaker for close to 40 years.

www.martysnyderman.com

 

I have been involved in judging this contest for several years, and it seems like every year all of us say something along the lines of “wow, these images are even better than last year’s”, and “I sure am glad I am a judge, not a contestant. I’d get blown away”. The truth is all of us are knocked out by many of the images we see and do our best to judge.

And with regard to judging, I think we make a good team. Clearly, we don’t score all of the images exactly the same, and that speaks to the fact that all of us see the world slightly differently. That also means that just because an image doesn’t win a prize doesn’t mean the image is inferior, or wrong. We are all entitled to our own taste.

The bottom line for me is that I find the collections of images to be inspiring, and I find the exchanges with my fellow judges to be educational and fun with all comments made to do the best we can for the contest and the contestants. I hope I get asked to be a judge again next year.

 

 

Martin Edge

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

www.edgeunderwaterphotography.com

 

Congratulations to the Ocean Art Photo Team.  Another very high standard of underwater images and so many entries this year.  

As always, it's the second round of images, which are so close to each other, that make it very hard to call.  

During our late night (for myself on UK time) critique of images, it was a challenge to distinguish between a first place and a honourable mention.  As always, Marty, Tony, Scott and myself argued and negotiated into the night with our likes, dislikes and considered opinions.  My advice to entrants would be: 

1.  Don't enter an almost identical image you did last year. We remember!

2.  Look out for unwanted distractions along the edge of the image. There's nothing worse to hinder your primary subject!

3.  Some potential contenders lost out from both over processing and over sharpening.  Resist the temptation to "Give it a little bit more'.

4.  99.9 % of the time, eyes (if visible) have to be sharp.

With all said, we have different opinions of likes and dislikes and believe me, 'You'd all like to be 'fly on the wall' when judging this competition.

Last but not least.  The 'Best in Show' image, in my opinion was simply incredible from the very first moment I set eyes on it.  Simply loved this shot!

 

 

Tony Wu

Author of a coffee table book entitled Silent Symphony, which received the grand prize for best book of the year at Antibes in 2001. He also won the prestigious Veolia environment wildife photographer of the year award.

www.tonywublog.com

 

It was once again a pleasure to look through submitted images and to trade opinions and discuss views with my fellow judges. I enjoy the constructive dialogue that takes behind the scenes of this contest, as it gives me an opportunity to consider other points of view, and more importantly, to listen to and learn from the reasons why other judges may like or dislike a given image.

Along these lines, I’d like to offer the observation that although the judges may disagree on a range of topics and about the merits of a specific image, there are some things we pretty much all agree upon. These are things worth considering if you plan to enter any photo contest.

One, for instance, is that none of us likes copies. In other words, if we see that a submission is nearly identical to a previous winning image (whether in this contest or another), chances are high that it’ll be binned. This will probably be the case even if the image is a good one.

“Why?" You might ask. Well, originality is important. There is nothing wrong with learning and improving by emulating an image you like, but in the context of a photo contest, a carbon copy is just…a carbon copy. 

Second is manipulation of subjects. The advantage of having judges who have been around the block a few times is that it’s relatively easy for us to pick out images where the subjects have been handled. This is particularly true of small, relatively sedentary subjects like nudibranchs.

And finally, basic photo techniques matter. I’m a particular stickler about things like focus, lighting, composition, and such. There was one image in particular that I personally loved, and I know the other judges were very fond of as well. The sad thing was that it was not in focus. Though we agonized about it, there is no way I can endorse an out-of-focus image as a selection for a photo contest (unless of course being out of focus is intentional and part of the overall composition and style).

Congratulations to all the winners! You gave us lots to talk about during the selection process.

 

Scott Gietler

Owner of the Underwater Photography Guide, Bluewater Photo, Bluewater Travel, and founder of the Ocean Art photo competition.

 

I continue to be amazed and humbled by the quality of photos taken by the entrants. I also continue to learn about photography.Thanks to Tony, Marty, and Martin - I continue to look at photos in new and interesting ways. Tony forces me to examine composition, focus and originality, Martin prods me to think about originality and lighting, and Marty reminds me that a classic, common subject can result in a beautiful photo.

This year in particular, I think there was an emphasis on originiality, creativity, lighting and a natural environment. For example, the crab photo that won the portrait category, not the most beautiful subject but certainly a special image photographically compared to the other candidates. Thanks to one of the judges for really making a case to the rest of us how special that photo was.

I particularly liked the behavior category this year, with no shortage of amazing once in a lifetime shots, all well-executed. The compact macro category was also quite extra-ordinary this year.

All of the judges, including myself, were quite amazed by Arek's shot of the diver with the Napolean Wrasse - which was definitely a contender for best of show. The judges said that if the diver was looking at the fish, no one would have voted for the photo.

Many thanks to everyone who entered the competition, we appreciate your support. Congrats to all the winners, and good luck to everyone next year. - Scott

 

 

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Announcing the 2014 Ocean Art Photo Competition, brought to you by the Underwater Photography Guide.
By Scott Gietler

2014 Ocean Art Photo Competition

Scott Gietler
Announcing the 2014 Ocean Art Photo Competition, brought to you by the Underwater Photography Guide.

Ocean Art Photo Competition 2014

Over $70,000 in prizes and growing!

 

Winners Choose Their Own Prizes

3 Categories Dedicated to Compact Camera Users

 

** WINNERS ANNOUNCED - SEE WINNING PHOTOS HERE **

 

2014 Submission Period Ended

 

- 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 2014 Ocean Art winning photographs

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

 

Ocean Art Photo Competition 2014

  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Scott Gietler is the owner of Bluewater Photo, Bluewater Travel, and the Underwater Photography Guide. Bluewater Photo, based in Santa Monica, CA is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious underwater camera stores, serving many thousands of customers each year, where nothing is more important than customer service. The Underwater Photography Guide is the world’s first website to feature free tutorials on underwater photography, and has become the most trafficked resource on underwater photography worldwide. Bluewater Travel is a full-service dive travel wholesaler sending groups and individuals on the world’s best dive vacations. 

Scott is also an avid diver, underwater photographer, and budding marine biologist, having created the online guide to the underwater flora and fauna of Southern California. He is the past vice-president of the Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society, has volunteered extensively at the Santa Monica aquarium, and is the creator of the Ocean Art underwater photo competition, one of the largest underwater international photo competitions ever held in terms of value of prizes. He lives in California with his wife, newborn girl and scuba-diving, photo taking 4 year old son.

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Winning Images from the prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest
By UWPG News

2014 Ocean Art Contest Winners

UWPG News
Winning Images from the prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest

 

2014 Ocean Art Contest Winners

Awarded over $70,000 in Prizes

 

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

Click here to skip photos & view list of winners' names

 

Special thanks to Tony Wu, Martin Edge, Marty Snyderman and Scott Gietler 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

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ocean art photo competition best of show

Best of Show - Ray Collins

"Underwater - Kirra Point"  Shot at Kirra Point, Australia with Nikon D4

Story of the Shot

 

 

Wide-Angle Category

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1st Place - Ray Collins

"Underwater - Kirra Point"  Shot at Kirra Point, Australia with Nikon D4

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Gang Song

"Crocodile's Dusk"  Shot in Quintana Roo, Mexico with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Shane Gross

"Fire in the Sky"  Shot in Eleuthera, Bahamas with Nikon D90

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Montse Grillo

"Follow Me"  Shot in Tenerife, Canary Islands with Canon 7D

Story of the Shot

 

 

5th Place - Davide Lopresti

"Animal in Cage"  Shot at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico with Nikon D600

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Alejandro Prieto

"Beach Guardians"  Shot at Playa Del Carmen, Mexico with Canon 5D Mark II

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Eiko Jones

"Transitions"  Shot in British Columbia with Nikon D800

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - David Salvatori

"Mom and Son"  Shot at Dominica Island with Nikon D800E

Story of the Shot

 

 

Macro Category

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1st Place - Ron Watkins

"Tiny Refuge in the Dark"  Shot in Kona, Hawaii with Nikon D800

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Uwe Schmolke

"Juvenile Pinnate Batfish"

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3rd Place - Marchione Giacomo

"The Labyrinth"  Shot in the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia with Nikon D800E

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Anthony Berberian

"Dancing Hunter"  Shot in Tahiti with Nikon D800E

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Digant Desai

"The Harp Maestro"  Shot in Tulamben, Bali with Canon 7D

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Annika Persson

"Bug"  Shot in Tromsø, Norway with Nikon D300

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Filip Staes

"The Guardian"  Shot in Raja Ampat, Indonesia with Nikon D7100

Story of the Shot

 

 

 

Cold Water Category

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1st Place - Lill Haugen

"Bigmouth"  Shot in Ørsta, Norway with Nikon D300

Story of the Shot

 

2st Place - David Salvatori

"Towards the Light"  Shot in Ticino, Switzerland with Nikon D800E

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Nirupam Nigam

"Postmeridian Sockeye"  Shot in Lake Lliamna, Alaska with Olympus E-PM1

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Kaido Haagen

"Perfect Silence"  Shot in Estonia with Canon 600D

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Michael Weberberger

"Sun Dancer"  Shot in Styria, Austria with Nikon D800

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Gang Song

"Altitude 1890M"  Shot in Lake Lioson, Switzerland with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

Portrait Category

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1st Place - Nonna Pokras

"Electric Spider Crab"  Shot in Tulamben, Bali with Canon 5D Mark II

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Mario Odorisio

"Fly"  Shot in the Azores, Portugal with Canon 550D

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Steven Kovacs

"Scallop Portrait"  Shot in Florida, USA with Nikon D7000

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Christine Shepard

"A Shot in the Dark"  Shot in Bimini, Bahamas with Canon 7D

Story of the Shot

 

5th Place - Lill Haugen

"Welcome to the Shark Side"  Shot in Reve, Norway with Nikon D300

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Uwe Schmolke

"Eyes"

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Honorable Mention - David Salvatori

"Last Stop"  Shot in the Magra River, Italy with Nikon D800E

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Luc Rooman

"Turtle"  Shot in a lake near Antwerp, Belgium with Nikon D300s

Story of the Shot

 

 

Marine Life Behavior Category

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ocean art photo competition best of show macro

1st Place - Borut Furlan

"Egg Transfer"  Shot in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia with a Nikon D2X

Story of the Shot

 

 

2nd Place - Ilan Ben Tov

"Lionfish Staring at its Lunch"  Shot in Eliat, Israel with Nikon D300

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Steven Kovacs

"Pike Blenny Fight"  Shot in Florida, USA with Nikon D7000

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Jerry Tang

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

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Roland Bach

"O Sole Mio"  Shot in Minorca, Spain with Nikon D300

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Steven Kovacs

"New Generation"  Shot in Florida, USA with Nikon D7000

Story of the Shot

 

 

Novice DSLR Category

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1st Place - So Yat Wai

"Laomenes Rests on Crinoid"  Shot in Tulamben, Bali with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Carolyn Wang

"Silvertip in the Sun"  Shot in Rangiroa, French Polynesia with Olympus E-M1

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Collin Wu

"Rangiroa Dolphin"  Shot in Rangiroa, French Polynesia with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Renee Capozzola

"Honu Heaven"  Shot in Maui, Hawaii with Sony A5000

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - So Yat Wai

"Skeleton Shrimp Face-on Portrait"  Shot Anilao, Philippines with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Renee Capozzola

"Blacktip Reflection"  Shot Fakarava, French Polynesia with Sony A5000

Story of the Shot

 

 

Compact Macro Category

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1st Place - Giacomo Giovannini

"Angry Sepiola"  Shot in Trieste, Italy with Canon G12

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Kiyoung Jang

"Unbeliebubble"  Shot at Jeju Island, South Korea with Olympus TG-3

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Fabio Galbiati

"One Way!"  Shot in Tulamben, Bali with Sony RX100

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Elisabeth Lauwerys

"Bubble Coral Shrimp"  Shot in Borneo, Malaysia with Canon G15

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Dusan Zencak

"Psychedelic Spiral"  Shot in Reggio Calabria, Italy with Canon G12

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Chandy de Wit

"Nudi Art"  Shot in Padang Bai, Bali with Canon G12

Story of the Shot

 

 

Compact Marine Life Behavior

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1st Place - Jack Berthomier

"Eyes Bigger than the Stomach"  Shot in Noumea, New Caledonia with Sony RX100

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Jack Berthomier

"Impressive Jaws"  Shot in Noumea, New Caledonia with Sony RX100

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Alexander Bublitz

"My Home is my Castle"  Shot at Giglio Island, Italy with SeaLife DC1000

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Igor Pereverzev

"Arguing Lovers"  Shot in Myanmar with Olympus C-5050

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Michal Ross

"Two Spot Octopus Guarding Eggs"  Shot at Catalina Island, USA with Olympus TG-2

Story of the Shot

 

 

Compact Wide-Angle

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1st Place - Arek Mszyca

"Attention Seeker"  Shot on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia with Canon G16

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Marc Casanovas

"Trio"  Shot in Vilassar de Mar, Spain with Sony RX100II

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Stephen Holinski

"Hoodie Noodles"  Shot in British Columbia, Canada with Sony RX100

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Stephen Holinski

"Little Red Devil"  Shot in British Columbia, Canada with Sony RX100

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Marc Casanovas

"Under the Bridge"  Shot in Badalona, Spain with Sony RX100II

Story of the Shot

 

 

Nudibranchs

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1st Place - Eduardo Acevedo Fernandez

"Glaucus Atlanticus"  Shot in the Canary Islands, Spain with Canon 5D Mark II

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Jackie Hildering

"Just Below the Surface"  Shot in British Columbia, Canada with Olympus E-PL2

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Diana Paboojian

"Peep's Lil Sheep"  Shot in Tulamben, Bali with Nikon D7100

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Luc Rooman

"Flabelina Nobilis"  Shot in Gulen, Norway with Nikon D300s

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - So Yat Wai

"Doto sp. with Eggs"  Shot in Tulamben, Indonesia with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Yury Ivanov

"Carmen"  Shot in Tulamben, Bali with Nikon D80

Story of the Shot

 

 

Super Macro Category

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1st Place - Filippo Borghi

"Fat Pygmy"  Shot in Raja Ampat, Indonesia with Nikon D800E

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Raffaele Livornese

"Perfect Eyes"  Shot in Anilao, Philippines with Nikon D90

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Qing Lin

"Home"  Shot in Tulamben, Bali with Canon 5D Mark III

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Robert Roy

"Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker on Kelp"  Shot in British Columbia, Canada with Canon EOS M

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Jeffrey de Guzman

"Shaggy Baby"  Shot in Anilao, Philippines with Nikon D800E

Story of the Shot

 

 

Divers & Fashion

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1st Place - Lucie Drlikova

"Underwater Circus"  Shot at a pool in Prague, Czech Republic with Nikon D700

Story of the Shot

 

2nd Place - Steffen Binke

"Heroes"  Shot at a pool in Queensland, Australia with Nikon D800

Story of the Shot

 

3rd Place - Nina Baxa

"Meander"  Shot in the Cayman Islands with Olympus E-M5

Story of the Shot

 

4th Place - Jim Catlin

"Sarah and the Starfish"  Shot in Grand Cayman with Panasonic GX1

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Massimo Giorgetta

"Maira the Mirror"  Shot at a pool in Latina, Italy with Nikon D700

Story of the Shot

 

Honorable Mention - Rui Guerra

"Intense Look into the Future"  Shot at a pool in Coina, Portugal with Nikon D800

Story of the Shot

 

 

Complete List of Winners

 

Best of Show

Ray Collins


Wide-Angle
1st Place:  Ray Collins
2nd Place:  Gang Song
3rd Place:  Shane Gross
4th Place:  Montse Grillo
5th Place:  Davide Lopresti
HM:  Alejandro Prieto
HM:  Eiko Jones
HM:  David Salvatori
 
Macro
1st Place:  Ron Watkins
2nd Place:  Uwe Schmolke
3rd Place:  Marchione Giacomo
4th Place:  Anthony Berberian
5th Place:  Digant Desai
HM:  Annika Persson
HM:  Filip Staes
 
Cold Water
1st Place:  Lill Haugen
2nd Place:  David Salvatori
3rd Place:  Nirupam Nigam
4th Place:  Kaido Haagen
HM:  Michael Weberberger
HM:  Gang Song
 
Portrait
1st Place:  Nonna Pokras
2nd Place:  Mario Odorisio
3rd Place:  Steven Kovacs
4th Place:  Christine Shepard
5th Place:  Lill Haugen
HM:  Uwe Schmolke
HM:  David Salvatori
HM:  Luc Rooman
 
Marine Life Behavior
1st Place:  Borut Furlan
2nd Place:  Ilan Ben Tov
3rd Place:  Steven Kovacs
4th Place:  Jerry Tang
HM:  Roland Bach
HM:  Steven Kovacs
 
Novice dSLR
1st Place:  Yatwai So
2nd Place:  Carolyn Wang
3rd Place:  Collin Wu
4th Place:  Renee Capozzola
HM:  Yatwai So
HM:  Renee Capozzola
 
Compact Macro
1st Place:  Giacomo Giovannini
2nd Place:  Kiyoung Jang
3rd Place:  Fabio Galbiati
4th Place:  Elisabeth Lauwerys
HM:  Dusan Zencak
HM:  Chandy de Wit
 
Compact Marine Life Behavior
1st Place:  Jack Berthomier
2nd Place:  Jack Berthomier
3rd Place:  Alexander Bublitz
4th Place:  Igor Pereverzev
HM:  Michal Ross
 
Compact Wide-Angle
1st Place:  Arek Mszyca
2nd Place:  Marc Casanovas
3rd Place:  Stephen Holinski
4th Place:  Stephen Holinski
HM:  Marc Casanovas
 
Nudibranchs
1st Place:  Eduardo Acevedo Fernandez
2nd Place:  Jackie Hildering
3rd Place:  Diana Paboojian
4th Place:  Luc Rooman
HM:  Yatwai So
HM:  Yury Ivanov
 
Super Macro
1st Place:  Filippo Borghi
2nd Place:  Raffaele Livornese
3rd Place:  Qing Lin
4th Place:  Robert Roy
HM:  Jeffrey de Guzman 
 
Divers/ Fashion
1st Place:  Lucie Drlikova
2nd Place:  Steffen Binke
3rd Place:  Nina Baxa
4th Place:  Jim Catlin
HM:  Massimo Giorgetta
HM:  Rui Guerra

 

 


 

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

 


 

 

 
 
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Ocean Art judges comment on the competition
By Scott Gietler

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.

 

 

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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 

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