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DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition 2009

Best of Show by Gabriele
Best of Show

PHOTOGRAPHER
Gabriele Donati

CATEGORY
Animal Behavior
1st Place

WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!

On the heels of announcing the winners of the prestigious US-based international underwater photo and video competition in association with Our World Underwater, DivePhotoGuide &  Wetpixel are proud to announce the winners of the 2009 DEEP Indonesia competition. Part of a unique series of international competitions, DEEP Indonesia is one of two international competitions in association with major dive expos on opposite sides of the world, which have been organized to provide a complementary series of categories and prizing opportunities. The series has attracted some of the best underwater photographers in the world and in 2009 has collectively awarded over $80,000!
                                    
Photographers competed in seven themed categories (Divers, Animal Portraits, Animal Behavior, Reefscapes, Environment & Conservation, Compact Camera, and Indonesian Residents) 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 include Bali, Fak Fak, Komodo, Lembeh, Manado, and Raja Empat. Additional dive packages include Papua New Guinea and The Bahamas. The competition 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 residents..
 
A panel of esteemed judges included leading professional underwater photographers Cor Bosman and Tony Wu and Scuba Diving AustralAsia editor David Espinosa. 

Winners will be published by our media partners worldwide and were exhibited during the DEEP Indonesia Expo in Jakarta, Indonesia (March 27 - 29, 2009).

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

Congratulations again to all of the winners from around the world!

(All images and a complete prize distribution list are below)



Winners
Compact Cameras
Gold
Backlit Leaf Scorpionfish by Edvin Eng (Malaysia)
Edvin Eng
Malaysia

"Backlit Leaf Scorpionfish"
Location: Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
Silver
Judy Jetson by John Albers-Mead (United States)
John Albers-Mead
United States

"Judy Jetson"
Location: Bean Hollow SP, Pescadero, CA
Bronze
Playful Spotted Dolphins by Lazaro Ruda (United States)
Lazaro Ruda
United States

"Playful Spotted Dolphins"
Location: Bahamas
Honorable Mention
Proud Pipefish by Edvin Eng (Malaysia)
Edvin Eng
Malaysia

"Proud Pipefish"
Location: Perhentian Island, Malaysia
Honorable Mention
peak a boo by Sue Jarvis (Indonesia)
Sue Jarvis
Indonesia

"peak a boo"
Location: Bali
Divers
Gold
Acquaintance to the giant by Marina Kochetova (Russian Federation)
Marina Kochetova
Russian Federation

"Acquaintance to the giant"
Location: The Japane sea
Silver
DIVE THE WORLD by Uwe Schmolke (Germany)
Uwe Schmolke
Germany

"DIVE THE WORLD"
Location: Fernsteinsee, Austria
Bronze
Enlightened by Karen Doody (United States)
Karen Doody
United States

"Enlightened"
Location: Puerto Aventuras Mexico
Honorable Mention
Shona and Rajan by Umeed Mistry ()
Umeed Mistry

"Shona and Rajan"
Location: Andaman Islands, India
Honorable Mention
Glass Fish Wall by David Barrio (Spain)
David Barrio
Spain

"Glass Fish Wall"
Location: Indonesia
Animal Portrait
Gold
Portrait of the White whale by Marina Kochetova (Russian Federation)
Marina Kochetova
Russian Federation

"Portrait of the White whale"
Location: The White sea
Silver
Alligator by Todd Winner (United States)
Todd Winner
United States

"Alligator"
Location: Florida
Bronze
Queen Triggerfish Attack! by Chris Gug (United States)
Chris Gug
United States

"Queen Triggerfish Attack!"
Location: West Caicos, Turks & Caicos
Honorable Mention
Pygmy Deluxe by Kim Yusuf (Germany)
Kim Yusuf
Germany

"Pygmy Deluxe"
Location: Lembeh Strait
Honorable Mention
Hanging like a bird by Muljadi Pinneng Sulungbudi (Indonesia)
Muljadi Pinneng Sulungbudi
Indonesia

"Hanging like a bird"
Location: Manado
Honorable Mention
Juv. boxfish by Amir Stern (Israel)
Amir Stern
Israel

"Juv. boxfish"
Location: Red Sea
Honorable Mention
Blenny by Keri Wilk (Canada)
Keri Wilk
Canada

"Blenny"
Location: St. Vincent
Animal Behavior
Gold
polpesse by Gabriele Donati (Italy)
Gabriele Donati
Italy

"polpesse"
Location: italy
Silver
Giant vacuum cleaner by Thomas Heckmann (Germany)
Thomas Heckmann
Germany

"Giant vacuum cleaner"
Location: Egypt - red sea
Bronze
Moon Shine by Bartosz Strozynski (Poland)
Bartosz Strozynski
Poland

"Moon Shine"
Location: Egypt Red Sea
Honorable Mention
Burp by Keri Wilk (Canada)
Keri Wilk
Canada

"Burp"
Location: La Paz, Mexico
Honorable Mention
The Kiss by Amir Stern (Israel)
Amir Stern
Israel

"The Kiss"
Location: Red Sea
Honorable Mention
Courting amphipods by Anders Salesjö (Sweden)
Anders Salesjö
Sweden

"Courting amphipods"
Location: The Arctic north of Svalbard
Reefscapes
Gold
Il gigante e la bambina by Marchione Giacomo ()
Marchione Giacomo

"Il gigante e la bambina"
Location: Moal Boal - Philippines
Silver
Two bubble stuck by Andrew MacLeod (Philippines)
Andrew MacLeod
Philippines

"Two bubble stuck"
Location: Truk lagoon Micronesia
Bronze
Under the pier by ADRIANO MORETTIN (Italy)
ADRIANO MORETTIN
Italy

"Under the pier"
Location: Raja Ampat - Indonesia
Environment and Conservation
Gold
Atunero 2 by John Trone (United States)
John Trone
United States

"Atunero 2"
Location: Cabo Pulmo, BCS, Mexico
Silver
Shrimp cleaning cigarette by Cal Mero (Australia)
Cal Mero
Australia

"Shrimp cleaning cigarette"
Location: Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia
Bronze
Underwater Taggers by Ron Watkins (United States)
Ron Watkins
United States

"Underwater Taggers"
Location: Tulamben, Bali - Indonesia
Honorable Mention
Tutle killing by Carlos Villoch (Spain)
Carlos Villoch
Spain

"Tutle killing"
Location: Costa Rica
Indonesia Residents
Gold
2 x divers with school of big eye jacks by Maria Rivarola (Indonesia)
Maria Rivarola
Indonesia

"2 x divers with school of big eye jacks"
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Silver
Want a Clean-up? by Indra Swari Wonowidjojo (Indonesia)
Indra Swari Wonowidjojo
Indonesia

"Want a Clean-up?"
Location: Lembeh, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Bronze
Over / Under of Schooling Big Eye Jacks by Michael McEvoy (Indonesia)
Michael McEvoy
Indonesia

"Over / Under of Schooling Big Eye Jacks"
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Honorable Mention
Living in Carpella's World by Indra Swari Wonowidjojo (Indonesia)
Indra Swari Wonowidjojo
Indonesia

"Living in Carpella's World"
Location: Lembeh, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Categories
PHOTOS
Compact Cameras

Underwater images of all kinds, taken by point 'n shoot, non-SLR digital cameras. In this category, no entries from scanned slides or digital SLRs will be accepted. Although there exist many great underwater images taken by point 'n shoot cameras, it is often difficult for them to compete with SLRs when it comes to image quality. In this category, digital manipulation is allowed, but as we are not running a digital manipulation contest, you should exercise care in the decisions that you make. Please note that any camera with interchangeable lenses is not considered a compact, and should not be submitted into this category

Divers

Best 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
Gabriele Donati 10 nights liveaboard Trip to Papua New Guinea on board MV FeBrina
Ikelite DS125 Strobe
Signed book from Wyland
Marina Kochetova 7 night cruise in Komodo or Raja Empat Indonesia with Kararu Dive Voyages
10 nights liveaboard Trip to Papua New Guinea on board MV FeBrina
Todd Winner 7 night cruise in Komodo or Raja Empat Indonesia with Kararu Dive Voyages
Marchione Giacomo 7 night dive resort package / six days of diving, with Kungkungan Bay Resort, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
Thomas Heckmann 7 night dive resort package / six days of diving, with Kungkungan Bay Resort, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
Uwe Schmolke 7 night dive resort package / six days of diving, with Kima Bajo Resort & Spa / Eco Divers, Manado, Indonesia
Maria Rivarola 7 night dive resort package / six days of diving, with Kima Bajo Resort & Spa / Eco Divers, Manado, Indonesia
Cal Mero One week dive safari in Bali, Indonesia, with Aqua Marine Diving, accomodations provided by Waka Hotels
Edvin Eng One week dive safari in Bali, Indonesia, with Aqua Marine Diving, accomodations provided by Waka Hotels
Signed book from Wyland
Andrew MacLeod 7 night package / six days of diving, with Minahasa Lagoon Dive & Tour Club, Manado, Indonesia
John Albers-Mead 7 night package / six days of diving, with Minahasa Lagoon Dive & Tour Club, Manado, Indonesia
Indra Swari Wonowidjojo 7 - 15 nights diving cruises to Raja Empat or Fak Fak, Indonesia on board MY Seahorse
Signed book from Windiarto Tjandra
John Trone 7 - 15 nights diving cruises to Raja Empat or Fak Fak, Indonesia on board MY Seahorse
Bartosz Strozynski 7 night dive resort package / six days of diving, with Sangalaki Dive Lodge, Borneo, Indonesia
Christopher Guglielmo 7 night dive resort package / six days of diving, with Sangalaki Dive Lodge, Borneo, Indonesia
Karen Doody Ikelite DS125 Strobe
Amir Stern Signed book from Wyland
Signed book from Windiarto Tjandra
David Barrio Signed book from Wyland
Keri Wilk Signed book from Wyland
Adriano Morettin
1.5mm Steamer wetsuit from Radiator
Ron Watkins 1.5mm Steamer wetsuit from Radiator
Lazaro Ruda 1.5mm Steamer wetsuit from Radiator
Kim Yusuf $100 gift certificate from Ultralight Control Systems
Michael McEvoy $100 gift certificate from Ultralight Control Systems
Muljadi Pinneng Sulungbudi $100 gift certificate from Ultralight Control Systems
Anders Salesjo
Signed book from Windiarto Tjandra
Carlos Villoch Signed book from Windiarto Tjandra
Sue Jarvis Signed book from Windiarto Tjandra
Umeed Mistry Signed book from Windiarto Tjandra
Competition Judges
PHOTO JUDGES
Cor Bosman

Cor Bosman is a freelance underwater photographer specializing in marine life and behavior. After a successful career in Computer Science he picked up diving 15 years ago with his wife Julie Edwards. Traveling several months of the year they form a strong photography duo that regularly publishes articles and photos in magazines.  Cor has received several awards, including a first prize in Our World Underwater and a Best of Show in the Underwater Images Competition. In recent years he has been a staff member at Wetpixel.com. More about Cor and Julie on http://underwa.ter.net

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.






Jason Heller Jason Heller is a commercial and wildlife photographer based in New York City.  His work is regularly published in scuba, travel and mainstream editorial and advertising worldwide. Jason is also a special corespondent for Sport Diver magazine and authors and shoots the IMAGES column. He has been recognized and honored by numerous advertising and marketing publications including Advertising Age magazine. 

Jason is also the founder & CEO of DivePhotoGuide.com, a global portal for the underwater photography and video communities. The feature rich website offers daily news, articles, photo galleries, event calendars, and more. Jason launched the website after selling his digital advertising agency to the largest independent media agency in the world in 2005.

Jason's work can be seen on his website at www.jasonheller.com.
Tony Wu

Since 1995, Tony has combined his love of visual art with his interest in the marine world through underwater photography, and he has concentrated on using his photographs and writing to encourage others to appreciate and protect the beauty of the oceans. In recent years, Tony has devoted the majority of his time to the challenging disciplines of cetacean photography and documenting mass spawning aggregations of fish.

Tony’s images have received international awards in Japan, Europe and the US, including Grand Prize in Japan’s largest marine photo contest, first place in the underwater category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, and the award for “Best Book of the Year” at the 28th annual Antibes Festival of Marine Images in France for his book Silent Symphony.

Keep up with Tony's activities at: http://www.tonywublog.com/journal