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Our World Underwater 2006

Best of Show by Chris
Best of Show

PHOTOGRAPHER
Chris Gug

CATEGORY
Wide Angle Traditional
1st Place
2006 - 1st Annual Wetpixel.com and DivePhotoGuide.com International Photo Competition
In association with Our World-Underwater


Over $25,000 in prizes!

It is with much excitement and honor that we present to you the winners of the first annual Wetpixeland DivePhotoGuide International Underwater Photography Competition. The two popular underwater imaging websites have teamed up to celebrate the beauty and delicacy of the marine environment by developing the first instance of a new, annual, international underwater photography competition. For our inaugural event, only digital entries were accepted, including both images taken from digital cameras or scanned from film. Over $25,000 in prizes were awarded and we congratulate the winners from around the globe!

Photographers competed in six categories to win more than $25,000 in prizes, including premium dive travel, underwater photography equipment, and more, and 15% of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.

Winners were announced on stage at the 2006 Our World-Underwater festival in Chicago, Illinois (February 24-26, 2006).

2006 Winners and Prizes

  • All prizes were donated from our wonderful sponsors, without whom this contest would not be possible.
  • Every place winner (Best of Show, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd) will receive a 1-year subscription to Fathoms Magazine
  • Every place winner and honorable mention winner will receive an Ikelite PC dive light
  • Entrants who specified that they are professional shooters are tagged as "(Pro)", below.
Winners
Macro Traditional
Gold
 by Noam Kortler (Israel)
Noam Kortler
Israel

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Silver
 by Ann Worthy  ()
Ann Worthy

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Bronze
 by Alessio Viora (Italy)
Alessio Viora
Italy

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Honorable Mention
 by Burkhard Ohlendorf  ()
Burkhard Ohlendorf

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Honorable Mention
 by Matthias Blättler  ()
Matthias Blättler

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Macro Unrestricted
Gold
 by Cor Bosman  ()
Cor Bosman

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Silver
 by Victor Zucker  ()
Victor Zucker

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Bronze
 by Orhan Aytur  ()
Orhan Aytur

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Honorable Mention
 by Tibor Dombovari  ()
Tibor Dombovari

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Honorable Mention
 by Keri Wilk (Canada)
Keri Wilk
Canada

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Honorable Mention
 by Karl Dietz  ()
Karl Dietz

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Wide Angle Traditional
Gold
 by Chris Gug (United States)
Chris Gug
United States

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Silver
 by Justin Gilligan (Australia)
Justin Gilligan
Australia

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Bronze
 by Jose Alejandro Alvarez (Dominican Republic)
Jose Alejandro Alvarez
Dominican Republic

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Honorable Mention
 by Tibor Dombovari  ()
Tibor Dombovari

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Honorable Mention
 by Alex Dawson (Sweden)
Alex Dawson
Sweden

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Wide Angle Unrestricted
Gold
 by Tibor Dombovari  ()
Tibor Dombovari

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Silver
 by Cor Bosman  ()
Cor Bosman

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Bronze
 by Alessio Viora (Italy)
Alessio Viora
Italy

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Honorable Mention
 by Andy Lerner  ()
Andy Lerner

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Honorable Mention
 by Martin Heyn  ()
Martin Heyn

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Honorable Mention
 by Alex Dawson (Sweden)
Alex Dawson
Sweden

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Honorable Mention
 by Alex Dawson (Sweden)
Alex Dawson
Sweden

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Compact Cameras
Gold
 by John Johnson  ()
John Johnson

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Silver
 by Al Sweeting  ()
Al Sweeting

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Bronze
 by Judy Johnson  ()
Judy Johnson

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Honorable Mention
 by Judy Johnson  ()
Judy Johnson

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Honorable Mention
 by Cynthia Abgarian  ()
Cynthia Abgarian

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Environment and Conservation
Gold
 by Martin Oernroth  ()
Martin Oernroth

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Silver
 by Chris Gug (United States)
Chris Gug
United States

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Bronze
 by Bela Nasfay  ()
Bela Nasfay

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Honorable Mention
 by Alessio Viora (Italy)
Alessio Viora
Italy

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Categories
PHOTOS
Macro Traditional

Any image captured with a macro lens, where the size of the subject on the image sensor is life size or greater.
The "Traditional" divisions allow for the adjustment of brightness, contrast, color, and sharpness only. Cropping, cloning, and other digital manipulation is not allowed in this category. This restriction on digital manipulation enables people who are not as savvy at Photoshop to compete on more-or-less even ground as those with more experience. It also highlights composition and lighting skills by not allowing cropping and cloning. Before selecting winning entries, we reserve the right to audit your original RAW or JPG files. Please do not submit cropped or manipulated entries in this category.

Macro Unrestricted

Any image captured with a macro lens, where the size of the subject on the image sensor is life size or greater.
Unlike the "Traditional" divisions, the "Unrestricted" divisions have no specific rules regarding digital manipulation. However, as we are not running a digital manipulation contest, you should exercise care in the decisions that you make.

Wide Angle Traditional

Any image captured with a wide-angle lens (focal length 35mm or less in 35mm format).
The "Traditional" divisions allow for the adjustment of brightness, contrast, color, and sharpness only. Cropping, cloning, and other digital manipulation is not allowed in this category. This restriction on digital manipulation enables people who are not as savvy at Photoshop to compete on more-or-less even ground as those with more experience. It also highlights composition and lighting skills by not allowing cropping and cloning. Before selecting winning entries, we reserve the right to audit your original RAW or JPG files. Please do not submit cropped or manipulated entries in this category.

Wide Angle Unrestricted

Any image captured with a wide-angle lens (focal length 35mm or less in 35mm format).
Unlike the "Traditional" divisions, the "Unrestricted" divisions have no specific rules regarding digital manipulation. However, as we are not running a digital manipulation contest, you should exercise care in the decisions that you make.

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.

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.

Chris GugLive Aboard trip in Papua New Guinea aboard the M/V Golden Dawn
Signed Books From Wyland
John Johnson Live Aboard Trip to Socorro Islands on the M/V Solmar V
Signed Books From Stephen Wong & Takako Uno
Cor Bosman Live Aboard Trip to Indonesia with Kararu Dive Voyages
Signed Books From Wyland
Tibor Dombovari Live Aboard Trip in the Galapagos Islands on the M/V Mistral
Signed Books From Wyland
Noam KortlerDive Bora Bora with Top Dive at Bora Bora Dive Resort
Signed Books From Wyland
Martin Oernroth Live Aboard Trip to the Solomon Islands on the M/V Bilikiki
A Signed Book from Scott "Gutsy" Tuason
Justin Gilligan5 Nights, Diving in Palau
Ann Worthy Dive Lembeh Indonesia with Lembeh Resort
Victor Zucker Aquatica Housing for Digital SLR
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

Dr. Alexander Mustard

Dr Alexander Mustard is both a marine biologist and also as part of a 'new wave' of up-and-coming young underwater photographers who have challenged our perceptions of what we see underwater, Alex has won many awards for his photography including being a multiple winner in both the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and World Festival of Underwater Photography in Antibes, France. His new book "The Art Of Diving," a collaboration with author Nick Hanna, is not just a photo collection but is an exploration of why we love to dive, and has been described by David Doubilet as "the best book about diving since Jacques Cousteau's The Silent World." He is founder of the Young Underwater Photographer's Group, the Digital Officer for the British Society of Underwater Photographers and a Co-Administrator of Wetpixel.com. Alex is also the brains behind Magic filters - filters designed specifically for available light underwater photography with digital cameras.

More about Alex at http://amustard.com

Berkley White

Berkley White is a leading expert in the field of underwater photography and digital image processing. As a professional photographer and instructor, he shares his in-field photographic techniques and digital methods through a series of select travel events each year. Berkley is the founder of Backscatter in Monterey, California, the largest specialty underwater photographic supplier in the US, and is the organizer of international photographic events such as the Digital Shootout.