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Our World Underwater 2007

Best of Show by Jose Alejandro
Best of Show

PHOTOGRAPHER
Jose Alejandro Alvarez

CATEGORY
Macro Unrestricted
1st Place

The 2nd Annual Wetpixel.com and DivePhotoGuide.com International Photo & Video Competition
 
In association with Our World Underwater

Over $35,000 in Prizes!

Winners have been announced! Wetpixel.com and DivePhotoGuide.com have teamed up again in association with Our World Underwater to celebrate the beauty and delicacy of the marine environment with the 2nd annual international underwater photography and video competition. Congratulations to the winning photographers and videographers!
 
Photographers from around the world competed in six still image categories plus one video category, to win more than $35,000 in prizes, including premium dive travel, underwater photography equipment, and more! Dive packages included trips to some of the top photo destinations in the world: South Africa, Socoros Islands, Raja Empat, Komodo, Grand Cayman, the Galapagos Islands, Bora Bora, the Solomon Islands, Manado, Lembeh Strait, Yap, Cocos (Keeling) Island and the Bahamas! Other prizes included camera housings, strobes, lighting systems, and other valuable items.

The competition included a category for images that focus on conservation and the marine environment, and one specifically for entries taken by compact digital cameras. All compact category entrants will receive one free online lesson from TheUnderwaterPhotographer.com

Winners were announced on stage at the 2007 Our World-Underwater film festival in Chicago, Illinois, February 9-11, 2007, and will be published by our supporting media partners worldwide.

15% of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.

Winners
Macro Traditional
Gold
 by Noam Kortler (Israel)
Noam Kortler
Israel

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Silver
 by Alessio Viora (Italy)
Alessio Viora
Italy

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Bronze
 by Julia Edwards  ()
Julia Edwards

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

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Honorable Mention
 by Ronald Boyes  ()
Ronald Boyes

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Honorable Mention
 by Judy Johnson  ()
Judy Johnson

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Macro Unrestricted
Gold
 by Jose Alejandro Alvarez (Dominican Republic)
Jose Alejandro Alvarez
Dominican Republic

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Silver
 by Claude Ruff  ()
Claude Ruff

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Bronze
 by Judy Johnson  ()
Judy Johnson

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Honorable Mention
 by Cor Bosman  ()
Cor Bosman

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Honorable Mention
 by Songpol Amnartsingh  ()
Songpol Amnartsingh

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Honorable Mention
 by Jose Alejandro Alvarez (Dominican Republic)
Jose Alejandro Alvarez
Dominican Republic

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Wide Angle Traditional
Gold
 by Carlos Villoch  ()
Carlos Villoch

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Silver
 by Todd Essick  ()
Todd Essick

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Bronze
 by John Scarlett  ()
John Scarlett

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Honorable Mention
 by Yeang Chng  ()
Yeang Chng

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Honorable Mention
 by Christine Smith  ()
Christine Smith

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Wide Angle Unrestricted
Gold
 by Aaron Wong (Singapore)
Aaron Wong
Singapore

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Silver
 by Ric Frazier  ()
Ric Frazier

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Bronze
 by Claude Ruff  ()
Claude Ruff

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Honorable Mention
 by Ross Armstrong  ()
Ross Armstrong

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Compact Cameras
Gold
 by Filip Staes  ()
Filip Staes

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Silver
 by Udo van Dongen  ()
Udo van Dongen

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Bronze
 by William Goodwin  ()
William Goodwin

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Honorable Mention
 by Gary Brennand  ()
Gary Brennand

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Honorable Mention
 by Galice Hoarau  ()
Galice Hoarau

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Honorable Mention
 by Michael Carey  ()
Michael Carey

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Environment and Conservation
Gold
 by Marco Caraceni  ()
Marco Caraceni

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Silver
 by Gavin Parsons  ()
Gavin Parsons

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Bronze
 by Carlos Villoch  ()
Carlos Villoch

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Honorable Mention
 by Suzanne Long  ()
Suzanne Long

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Honorable Mention
 by Linda Blanchard  ()
Linda Blanchard

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Categories
PHOTOS
Macro Traditional

Any underwater image of a 7x5 inch or smaller picture area. 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 will enable 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. Our judges are digital photography experts, so please do not submit cropped or manipulated entries in this category.

Macro Unrestricted

Any underwater image of a 7x5 inch or smaller picture area.The "Unrestricted" divisions have no such rules regarding digital manipulation. Anything goes, but as we are not running a digital manipulation contest, you should exercise care in the decisions that you make.

Wide Angle Traditional

Underwater images larger than a 7x5 inch picture area. 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 will enable 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. Our judges are digital photography experts, so please do not submit cropped or manipulated entries in this category.

Wide Angle Unrestricted

Underwater images larger than a 7x5 inch picture area. The "Unrestricted" divisions have no rules regarding digital manipulation. Anything goes, but as we are not running a digital manipulation contest, you should exercise care in the decisions that you make.

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

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.

Jose Alejandro Alvarez
Dominican Republic 
14-days In South Africa with Dive South Africa, Oceanic Products, and a Signed Book from Wyland
Carlos Villoch (Pro)
Spain
7-day Live Aboard Trip to Socorro Islands with Solmar V, a Fantasea Housing, and a Signed Book from Wyland
Aaron Wong (Pro)
Singapore
7-day Bora Bora Trip with Top Dive, and a Signed Book from Wyland
Noam Kortler (Pro)
Israel
11-day Live Aboard Trip with Kararu Adventures to Raja Empat or Komodo, and an Ikelite Flashlight
Filip Staes
Begium
7-day Live Aboard Trip to the Galapagos aboard the MV Mistral, and an Ikelite Flashlight
Marco Caraceni
Italy
7-day Live Aboard Trip to the Solomon Islands aboard the Bilikiki, and an Ikelite Flashlight
Claude Ruff
France
7-days in Grand Cayman with Sunset House
Todd Essick (Pro)
USA
7-days in Yap at Manta Ray Bay Hotel
Rick Frazier (Pro)
USA
7-days in Indonesia at Minahasa Lagoon Resort
Alessio Viora
Italy
7-days in Indonesia at Lembeh Resort
Udo van Dongen
The Netherlands
7-days in Cocos (Keeling) Islands with Cocos Dive and Cocos Castaway
Gavin Parsons (Pro)
UK
5-days of diving in the Bahamas with Stuart Cove, and an Ikelite Flashlight
Judy Johnson
USA
5-days of diving in the Bahamas with Stuart Cove, and an Ikelite Flashlight
John “Chip” Scarlett
USA
Canon Powershot Camera and Housing, and a Scuba Core 4-Pack DVD
Julia Edwards
The Netherlands
Canon Powershot Camera and Housing, and a Scuba Core 4-Pack DVD
William Goodwin
USA
Canon Powershot Camera and Housing, and a Scuba Core 4-Pack DVD
Christine Smith
USA
$100 Backscatter Gift Certificate
Ross Armstrong
New Zealand
$100 Backscatter Gift Certificate
Steven Kovacs
USA
$100 Ultralight Gift Certificate
Cor Bosman, Gary Brennand, Suzanne Long, Yeang Chng, Linda Blanchard, Ronald Boyes,Galice Hoarau, Songool Amnartsingh, Michael Carey Ikelite Flashlights.
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

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