Ocean Art 2019 Winners Announced!

Ocean Art 2019 winning photos are some of the world's best underwater photography
By UWPG News

8th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest Winners Announced

Ocean Art Contest Announces the Best Underwater Photos of the Year 

Culver City, CA – January 13, 2020 – The prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, has announced its 2019 winners. The 8th annual competition attracted an extremely high caliber of photos from oceans around the world. These photos showcase the best underwater photographs of the year. 2019 was one of the most competitive years to date. Our two new categories, conservation and blackwater diving, had an overwhelming response of incredible photos and were two of the highlights of the competition.

Winning photos can be seen at the Underwater Photography Guide at:


The Best of Show is a heart-stopping photo of a crab-eater seal maneuvering quickly through freezing waters under Antarctic ice by Greg Lecoeur. The winner of the Rising Star Photographer Award, and the Best of Show runner up, was Julie Casey with a jaw-dropping photo of 6 juvenile seahorses. Other extraordinary winners include dramatic animal behavior, stunning marine life portraits, heart wrenching and uplifting conservation scenes, weird and wonderful blackwater creatures, ocean adventure, and many, many photos that showcase the powerful beauty that is found in our underwater planet. The judges evaluated thousands of entries from 78 countries before selecting the final set of images as Ocean Art winners.

Ocean Art 2019 judges included prestigious underwater photographers Tony Wu, Martin Edge, and Marty Snyderman, accompanied by Underwater Photography Guide publisher Scott Gietler. 

Over $85,000 in prizes will be awarded, making the Ocean Art prize value among the highest in the world. 

The most lucrative prizes included a luxury liveaboard trip on the Socorro Vortex, Indonesia liveaboard trips (and 50% off a companion) on the S.M.Y. Ondina and M.Y. Oceanic, a 7 nights Palau liveaboard trip on the Solitude One, a 7 or 8 nights Indonesia liveaboard trip on the Coralia, a 7 nights Solomon Islands liveaboard trip with Bilikiki Cruises, a 7 night dive package at Villa Markisa Resort in Bali, Indonesia, a 9 night Passport to Paradise dive package at three Indonesian destinations with Critters@Lembeh and Murex Dive Resorts, multiple Paralenz Dive Cameras and accessories, and gift certificates from Bluewater Photo and Bluewater Travel. Premium travel prizes are provided by Siladen Resort & Spa (Indonesia), Solitude Liveaboards & Resorts (Indonesia), Atlantis Dive Resort (Philippines), Volivoli Beach Resort (Fiji), Crystal Blue Dive Resort (Philippines), El Galleon Dive Resort/Asia Divers (Philippines), Aquamarine Diving (Indonesia), Atmosphere Resorts (Philippines), Aiyanar Beach & Dive Resort (Philippines), Eco Dive Resort (Indonesia), Blackbeard’s Cruises – Allstar Liveaboards (Bahamas), and scuba travel agency Bluewater Travel. Premium gear prizes are provided by Sea & Sea, Think Tank Photo, and Ikelite. Sixteen different categories ensure a competitive contest for all levels and disciplines of underwater photography, including compact cameras, Novice shooters, and DSLR cameras.

The quality of images submitted this year was exceptional - making judging very difficult and demonstrating that the winning images are some of the best in the world. Bluewater Photo and Travel owner and Underwater Photography Guide publisher, Scott Gietler commented, “I continue to be amazed by the wonderful images that today's underwater photographers are producing. The two new categories, Conservation and Blackwater, were true standout categories. Especially the Conservation category - the winning images produce powerful emotion, and will influence a new generation of ocean conservation.” 

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Nirupam Nigam

Editor-in-Chief, UWPG



Complete list of winners: 


Best of Show 

“Crab-Eater Seal” by Greg Lecoeur



 1st Place: Nicholas More

2nd Place: Tobias Friedrich

3rd Place: Adam Martin

4th Place Borut Furlan

5th Place: Taeyup Kim

Honorable Mention: Alessandro Buzzichelli

Honorable Mention: Jose Antonio Castellano


1st Place: Stefano Cerbai

2nd Place: Wu Yung-Sen

3rd Place: Dave Johnson

4th Place:  Petr Polách

5th Place:  Hakan Basar

Honorable Mention:  Paolo Bondaschi

Honorable Mention:  Yatwai So


Marine Life Behavior

1st Place: Paula Vianna

2nd Place: Paolo Bausani

3rd Place: Steven Kovacs

4th Place: Hannes Klostermann

5th Place: Pedro Carrillo Montero

Honorable Mention:  Steven Kovacs

Honorable Mention:  Jason Cluen



1st Place:  Virgina Salzedo

2nd Place:  Davide Lombroso

3rd Place:  Claudio Zori

4th Place:  Emry Oxford

5th Place:  Mok Wai Hoe

Honorable Mention:  Greg Lecoeur

Honorable Mention:  Galice Hoarau



1st Place:  Greg Lecoeur

2nd Place:  Tobias Friedrich

3rd Place:  Johan Sundelin

4th Place: Johan Sundelin

5th Place:  Aldo Costa

Honorable Mention:  Celia Kujala

Honorable Mention:  Mirko Zanni



1st Place:  Jenny Stock

2nd Place:  Andrea Pescarolo

3rd Place:  Andrey Savin

4th Place:  Mauro Apuleo

5th Place:  Cedric Peneau

Honorable Mention:  Chun Ho Tam



1st Place:  Paolo Isgro

2nd Place:  Leon Zhao

3rd Place:  Paolo Isgro

4th Place:  Qing Lin



1st Place:  Eduardo Acevedo Fernandez

2nd Place:  Nicholas More

3rd Place:  Enrico Somogyi

4th Place:  Greg Lecoeur

5th Place:  Yen-Yi Lee

Honorable Mention:  Nicholas More



1st Place:  Fabien Michenet

2nd Place:  Paolo Bausani

3rd Place:  Steven Kovacs

4th Place:  Lureen Ferretti

5th Place:  Tianhong Wang

Honorable Mention:  Fabien Michenet

Honorable Mention:  Steven Kovacs

Honorable Mention:  Suzan Meldonian



1st Place:  Shane Gross

2nd Place:  Alessandro Grasso

3rd Place:  Brooke Lori Pyke

4th Place:  Nicole Helgason

5th Place:  Francis Perez

Honorable Mention:  Pasquale Vassallo

Honorable Mention:  Rafael Fernandez Caballero


Underwater Art

1st Place:  Francisco Sedano

2nd Place:  Enrico Somogyi

3rd Place:  Jenny Stock

4th Place:  Tae Wook Kang

Honorable Mention:  Kimber Greenwood

Honorable Mention: Aîa Mar


Novice Wide Angle

1st Place:  George Kuo-Wei Kao

2nd Place:  George Kuo-Wei Kao

3rd Place:  George Kuo-Wei Kao

4th Place:  Jake Wilton

5th Place:  Jeongin Kim

Honorable Mention:  Jeongin Kim


Novice Macro 

1st Place:  Julie Casey

2nd Place:  Michael Loh

3rd Place:  George Kuo-Wei Kao

4th Place:  Mel Wu

5th Place:  Kierstin Zetterberg

Honorable Mention:  Naomi Strong


Compact Wide Angle

1st Place:  Talia Greis

2nd Place:  Minsik Roh

3rd Place:  Benhur Sarinda

4th Place:  Enrico Somogyi

5th Place:  Enrico Somogyi


Compact Macro

1st Place:  Stan Chen

2nd Place:  Stan Chen

3rd Place:  Fabien Martinazzo

4th Place:  Fabien Martinazzo

Honorable Mention:  Donghoon Lee

Honorable Mention:  Alessio Tinti


Compact Marine Life Behavior

1st Place:  Ferenc Lorincz

2nd Place:  Fabien Martinazzo

3rd Place:  Willy Irawan

4th Place:  Simon Deblock

Honorable Mention:  Lawrence Wu 

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