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DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition 2008

Best of Show by Dale Sanders
Best of Show

PHOTOGRAPHER
Dale Sanders

CATEGORY
Animal Behavior
1st Place
On the heels of announcing the winners of the prestigious US-based international photo and video competition in association with Our World Underwater, Wetpixel & DivePhotoGuide are proud to announce the winners of the unique joint collaboration with a second international competition in association with DEEP Indonesia , Indonesia’s first-ever Diving, Adventure Travel and Water sports expo. 
2007 marked the first time two international competitions associated with dive expos on opposite sides of the world cooperated to establish a complementary series of categories and prizing opportunities. This year brings us another batch of breathtaking winning images. Congratulations to the winners!
                                    
Photographers from around the globe competed in 7 themed categories to win over $30,000 in prizes, including photo equipment, dive gear, and premium dive travel packages to some of the top photo destinations in Indonesia and beyond. Indonesia trips included Ambon, Bali, Fak Fak, Komodo, Lembeh, Manado, and Raja Empat. Additional dive packages include Papua New Guinea and The Bahamas. The contest included a category for images that focus on conservation and the marine environment, one specifically for entries taken by compact digital cameras, and one specifically for Indonesian entrants.
 
Esteemed judges Eric Cheng, Stephen Frink, and David Espinosa selected winners, which are being published by our media partners worldwide and exhibited during the DEEP Indonesia Expo in Jakarta, Indonesia (March 28-30, 2008).

As with all Underwatercompetition.com events, 15% of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.

Free Stuff for Entrants
All entrants in the Compact Camera category will receive one free photo lesson from reknowned underwater photographer, Marty Snyderman, via TheUnderwaterphotographer.

Congratulations again to the winners!

Winners
Compact Cameras
Gold
 by Roger Beeden  ()
Roger Beeden

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Silver
 by Edvin Eng (Malaysia)
Edvin Eng
Malaysia

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Bronze
 by Glenn Zavalko  ()
Glenn Zavalko

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Honorable Mention
 by Jonas Thormar  ()
Jonas Thormar

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Honorable Mention
 by Judy Johnson  ()
Judy Johnson

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Divers
Gold
 by Shen Collazo (United States)
Shen Collazo
United States

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Silver
 by Magnus Lundgren (Sweden)
Magnus Lundgren
Sweden

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Bronze
 by John Scarlett  ()
John Scarlett

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Honorable Mention
 by Borut Furlan  (Slovenia)
Borut Furlan
Slovenia

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Honorable Mention
 by Yeang Chng  ()
Yeang Chng

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Honorable Mention
 by Noam Kortler (Israel)
Noam Kortler
Israel

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Animal Portrait
Gold
 by Dale Sanders  ()
Dale Sanders

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Silver
 by Gavin Parsons  ()
Gavin Parsons

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Bronze
 by Magnus Lundgren (Sweden)
Magnus Lundgren
Sweden

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Honorable Mention
 by Jeffrey Hartog  ()
Jeffrey Hartog

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Honorable Mention
 by Steven Kovacs (United States)
Steven Kovacs
United States

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Honorable Mention
 by Michael McEvoy (Indonesia)
Michael McEvoy
Indonesia

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Animal Behavior
Gold
 by Dale Sanders  ()
Dale Sanders

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Silver
 by Rick Coleman  ()
Rick Coleman

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Bronze
 by Marco Caraceni  ()
Marco Caraceni

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Honorable Mention
 by Steven Kovacs (United States)
Steven Kovacs
United States

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Honorable Mention
 by Uwe Schmolke  ()
Uwe Schmolke

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Reefscapes
Gold
 by Frank Baensch  ()
Frank Baensch

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Silver
 by Geprge Vincent  ()
Geprge Vincent

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Bronze
 by Chris Gug (United States)
Chris Gug
United States

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Honorable Mention
 by Frank Baensch  ()
Frank Baensch

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Honorable Mention
 by Victor Zucker  ()
Victor Zucker

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Environment and Conservation
Gold
 by Borut Furlan  (Slovenia)
Borut Furlan
Slovenia

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Silver
 by Michael Otton  ()
Michael Otton

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Bronze
 by Paolo Rossi  ()
Paolo Rossi

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Honorable Mention
 by Alexey Stoyda  ()
Alexey Stoyda

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Indonesia Residents
Gold
 by Hermawan Wong  ()
Hermawan Wong

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Silver
 by Maria Rivarola (Indonesia)
Maria Rivarola
Indonesia

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Honorable Mention
 by Michael McEvoy (Indonesia)
Michael McEvoy
Indonesia

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Categories
PHOTOS
Compact Cameras

Any image taken by a point-and-shoot, non-DSLR, non-interchangeable-lens camera.
For the same reason, no entries from scanned slides or DSLRs will be accepted. Although there exist many great underwater images taken by point-and-shoot cameras, it is often difficult for them to compete with DSLRs when it comes to image quality. Thus, digital manipulation is allowed, but as we are not running a digital manipulation contest, you should exercise care in the decisions that you make. Any camera with interchangeable lenses is not considered a compact, so images taken with such cameras must not be entered into this category.

Divers

Any image featuring a scuba diver underwater.

Animal Portrait

Any underwater image featuring a portrait of an animal.

Animal Behavior

Any underwater image featuring animal behavior.

Reefscapes

Any underwater image featuring a wide angle view of a reef.

Environment and Conservation

Topside and underwater images of all kinds, taken by any camera, with a focus on the marine or lake environment and conservation. Subject matter must address a marine or lake-related environmental issue. The goal in this category is to convey a real-world message.

Indonesia Residents

Open to Indonesian residents only

Name Prize
Dale Sanders
Canada
Up to 10 night live aboard trip in Papua New Guinea with MV FeBrina
Radiator 1.5mm Streamer Wetsuit
Signed Book from Wyalnd
Sea & Sea Nikon TTL Converter III
Hermawan Wong
Indonesia
Up to 10 night live aboard trip in Papua New Guinea with MV FeBrina
Radiator 1.5mm Streamer Wetsuit
Signed Book from Wyalnd
Frank Baensch
USA
7 night live aboard trip in Komodo, Indonesia with Kararu Dive Voyages
Borut Furlan
Solvenia
7 night live aboard trip in Komodo, Indonesia with Kararu Dive Voyages
Shen Collazo
USA
7 night trip to Lembeh, Indonesia with Kungkungun Bay Resort
Roger Beeden
Australia
7 night trip to Lembeh, Indonesia with Kungkungun Bay Resort
Magnus Lundgren
Sweden
6 night trip to Bali, Indonesia with Aqua Marine Diving
Radiator 1.5mm Streamer Wetsuit
Rick Coleman
USA
6 night trip to Bali, Indonesia with Aqua Marine Diving
George Vincent
USA
7 night trip to Manado, Indonesia with Minahasa Lagoon
Michael Otton
Indonesia
7 night trip to Manado, Indonesia with Minahasa Lagoon
Maria Rivarola
Indonesia
7 night live aboard trip to Fak Fak, Indonesia with MSY Seahorse
Edvin Eng
Malaysia
7 night live aboard trip to Fak Fak, Indonesia with MSY Seahorse
Marco Caraceni
Italy
Up to 11 night trip to Ambon, Indonesia with Maluku Divers
Christopher Guglielmo
USA
Up to 11 night trip to Ambon, Indonesia with Maluku Divers
Gavin Parsons
England
Ikelite DS-125 Strobe
John "Chip" Scarlett
USA
Ikelite DS-125 Strobe
Paolo Rossi
Italy
Up to 7 days of diving in the Bahamas with Stuart Cove
Glenn Zavalko
USA
Up to 7 days of diving in the Bahamas with Stuart Cove
Michael McEvoy
Indonesia
$50 Gift Certificate from Ultralight Control Systems
Steven Kovacs
USA
$50 Gift Certificate from Ultralight Control Systems
Uwe Schmolke
Germany
$50 Gift Certificate from Ultralight Control Systems
Jeffrey Hartog
USA
$50 Gift Certificate from Ultralight Control Systems
Noam Kortler
Israel
$50 Gift Certificate from Ultralight Control Systems

Alexey Stoyda
Russia

$50 Gift Certificate from Ultralight Control Systems
Judy Johnson
USA
Signed Book from Wyland
Jonas Thormar
Denmark
Signed Book from Wyland
Victor Zucker
USA
Signed Book from Wyland
Yeang Chng
USA
Signed Book from Wyland
Competition Judges
PHOTO JUDGES
Eric Cheng Eric Cheng is an underwater photographer who has become known around the world for his expertise in underwater imaging. He has meticulously documented his travels around the world, and has been published in numerous publications, both in print and on the web. In 2003, Eric was awarded a prestigious Antibes Festival award for his work with Wetpixel.com, the Antibes underwater imaging web site of the year, and in 2005, he won a category in the prestigious Nature's Best Magazine photo competition, which has placed some of his work in the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum. Eric also leads trips and has given workshops and seminars in locations around the world.

Eric owns and runs Wetpixel.com, the premiere online resource for underwater photographers. Hosting over 6,150 registered underwater photographers internationally, Wetpixel's friendly community offers breaking news, reviews, features, community forums, image galleries, photo contests, photo expeditions, and more.

Eric's underwater images can be found on personal website: http://echeng.com/travel/

Stephen Frink Stephen Frink is the world's most frequently published underwater photographer with editorial work appearing in Scuba Diving Magazine, for whom he is Director of Photography and writes a monthly column on underwater photo trends and techniques. Previously, he was a contributing photographer for Skin Diver Magazine for 17 years. His work has also been published in a wide variety of general interest publications such as Natural History, Glamour, Time, Newsweek, Islands, Travel And Leisure, Esquire, Fortune, Forbes, Money, as well as numerous National Geographic publications. Frink has authored a coffee table book entitled "Wonders Of The Reef", published by Harry N. Abrams; and teaches the Stephen Frink School of Underwater Photography in his home waters of Key Largo, Florida. Clients for assignment photography over the past 24 years have included Nikon, Canon, Victoria's Secret, Mercury Marine, Aqua Lung, Scuba Pro, Jantzen, Dacor, R.J. Reynolds, Sea Quest, Henderson Aquatics, Club Med, and scores of resorts and live-aboard dive boats throughout the world.

More about Steve at http://www.stephenfrink.com

David Espinosa David Espinosa is the Editor of Scuba Diver Australasia (scubadiveraustralasia.com), the official publication of the PADI Diving Society in Asia Pacific. Though he prefers shooting video to still photography, he has a keen eye for what makes a great underwater photograph: With 18 years in the dive industry, he has seen thousands of spectacular underwater images, and has been a judge for numerous competitions. David has authored a guidebook to diving southeast Asia, and has published hundreds of articles on everything from destinations, equipment, and profiles on the world’s top dive celebrities and underwater photographers.