Ocean Art 2021 Winners Announced

Ocean Art Contest Announces the Best Underwater Photos of the Year
By UWPG News

10th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest Winners Announced

Ocean Art Contest Announces the Best Underwater Photos of the Year

Culver City, CA – January 17, 2022 – The prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, has announced the world’s best underwater photos with its 2021 winners. While we continue to see challenges and travel restrictions brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, the 10th annual competition was a testament to the high caliber of craftmanship found in our global community of underwater artists. This year’s competition celebrates a decade in search for the world’s best photos of marine life behavior, unique portraits of intriguing underwater critters, and images that instill an urgency for conserving our invaluable subsurface planet. Ocean Art could not have been possible without the help of our generous sponsors who have all had to navigate a changing travel and dive industry.

Winning photos can be seen at the Underwater Photography Guide at https://www.uwphotographyguide.com/ocean-art-contest-winners-2021

This year’s Best of Show is unique among previous best of show winners for featuring freshwater fish – a pair of Pike locked in a ferocious battle. The photo was captured by photographer Luc Rooman at the Domein Muisbroek dive site near Antwerp, Belgium. Other extraordinary winners include stirring black & white scenes in our new Black & White category, images that bring hope and solutions for ocean conservation, exhibitions of imaginative photographic technique, and dramatic animal portraits. The judges evaluated thousands of entries from 81 countries before selecting the final set of images as Ocean Art winners.

Ocean Art 2021 judges included prestigious underwater photographers Tony Wu, Mark Strickland, and Marty Snyderman. 

Over $35,000 in prizes have be awarded, making the Ocean Art prize value among the highest in the world. 

Ocean Art prizes are provided by some of the world’s top scuba diving resorts, liveaboard dive yachts, and underwater photo gear manufacturers. Grand prizes include a choice of 7 or 8 nights aboard the Coralia Liveaboard in Raja Ampat or Komodo, a 7-night dive package in Bali with Villa Markisa, a 14 night dive package in Lembeh with Eco Divers (White Sands Beach Resort), an Indonesian dive cruise and 50% off a companion with M.Y. Oceanic, an Indonesian dive cruise and 50% off a companion with S.M.Y Ondina, and gift certificates from Bluewater Photo and Bluewater Travel. Premium travel prizes are provided by El Galleon/Asia Divers (Philippines) and Siladen Resort & Spa (Indonesia). Premium gear prizes are provided by Sea & Sea, SeaLife, Ikelite, and Think Tank. 13 different categories ensure a competitive contest for all levels and disciplines of underwater photography.

After ten years of judging this competition, there has been no shortage of novel photographic techniques and fresh ideas in the winning photographs. Bluewater Photo and Bluewater Travel owner and Underwater Photography Guide publisher, Scott Gietler commented, “We were excited to see photographers continue to travel locally and internationally to capture amazing photos. For the incredible best of show, they did not have to travel far. To obtain such a gripping / jaw-biting / jaw-dropping photo, the photographer almost had to have had a personal relationship with these two fish!”


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Complete list of winners: 


Best of Show

“Snoeken” by Luc Rooman


Wide Angle

1st Place Eduardo Acevedo

2nd Place Nicolas Remy

3rd Place Hannah Le Leu

4th Place Gabriel Guzman

Honorable Mention Magnus Lundgren 


1st Place Nigel Motyer

2nd Place Sarah Vasend

3rd Place Magnus Lundgren

4th Place Steven Walsh

Honorable Mention Matteo Visconti

Marine Life Behavior

1st Place Luc Rooman

2nd Place Julian Hsu

3rd Place Louise Nott

Honorable Mention Lionel Houde



1st Place Paolo Bausani

2nd Place Andrey Savin

3rd Place Marco Gargiulo

4th Place Salvatore Gambacurta

Honorable Mention Michal Štros

Honorable Mention Portrait Damir Zurub



1st Place Matthew Sullivan

2nd Place Celia Kujala

3rd Place Nigel Motyer

Honorable Mention Luc Rooman

Honorable Mention Celia Kujala



1st Place Salvatore Ianniello

2nd Place Virginia Salzedo

3rd Place Cedric Peneau



1st Place Steven Kovacs

2nd Place Steven Kovacs

3rd Place Rajiv Bhambri

Honorable Mention Fabien Michenet

Honorable Mention Steven Kovacs


Underwater Conservation

1st Place Catherine Holmes

2nd Place Steven Kovacs

3rd Place Michael Vogelsang

Honorable Mention Catherine Holmes


Underwater Art

1st Place Jenny Stock

2nd Place Julian Nedev

3rd Place Julian Nedev

Honorable Mention Virginia Salzedo


Black & White

1st Place Tom St George

2nd Place Kyle Lucy

3rd Place Plamena Mileva

Honorable Mention Serge Melesan

Compact Wide Angle

1st Place Kate Rister

2nd Place Jack Berthomier

3rd Place Enrico Somogyi

Honorable Mention Enrico Somogyi


Compact Macro

1st Place Kathrin Landgraf-Kluge

2nd Place Salvatore Gambacurta

3rd Place Nicole Helgason

Honorable Mention Eurico Roseiro


Compact Behavior

1st Place PT Hirschfield

2nd Place Ilaria Mariagiulia

3rd Place PT Hirschfield

Honorable Mention Abimael Márquez

Honorable Mention Nino Perović 


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