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Our World Underwater 2010

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CATEGORY
Wide Angle Traditional
1st Place

5th ANNUAL OUR WORLD UNDERWATER INTERNATIONAL UNDERWATER PHOTO & VIDEO COMPETITION

HOSTED BY WETPIXEL & DIVEPHOTOGUIDE


WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!

DivePhotoGuide.com and Wetpixel.com are proud to announce the winners of the 5th annual Our World Underwater international underwater photography & video competition. The competition is in held in association with Our World Underwater and part of a joint series often referred to as the "Super Bowl" of international underwater imagery events, with world-class prizes, esteemed celebrity judges, and significant global media support.

Thousands of entries were received from dozens of countries and the winners represented fourteen countries. The quality level of the images submitted was very high, and the bar is continually being set higher each year. A formal statement from the judges is posted here. Congratulations to the winners!

The winners were presented during the film festival at a special 40th anniversary Our World Underwater show in Chicago.

In 2010 photographers & videographers competed in seven still-image categories and two video categories, to win nearly $50,000 in prizes including premium dive trips, underwater photography and video and diving equipment and more. Dive packages to some of the top photo destinations in the world included The Sea of Cortez, Wakatobi-Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Red Sea, Grand Cayman, the Solomon Islands, Vietnam, and Norway. Other prizes included underwater strobes, focus lights, and Cressi dive equipment.

Esteemed judges included leading professional underwater photographers, cinematographers and magazine editors: Eric Cheng, David Doubilet, Ric Frazier, Alex Mustard, and Berkley White comprised the judging panel for still categories and Steve Douglas, Eric Hanauer, and Mary Lynn Price for video categories.

Winning images will be published by supporting media partners worldwide, and Divefilm.com will be podcasting the winning videos as episodes of the iTunes-featured DiveFilm Podcast Video and DiveFilm High Definition Podcast Video.

As with all Wetpixel & DivePhotoGuide competitions, 15% of 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
Macro Traditional
Gold
Stargazer by Keri Wilk (Canada)
Keri Wilk
Canada

"Stargazer"
Location: Ambon, Indonesia
Silver
Mantis by Keri Wilk (Canada)
Keri Wilk
Canada

"Mantis"
Location: Lembeh, Indonesia
Bronze
MULTITUDE by Acevedo Eduardo (Spain)
Acevedo Eduardo
Spain

"MULTITUDE"
Location: Indonesia
Honorable Mention
Room with a View by Todd Mintz (Canada)
Todd Mintz
Canada

"Room with a View"
Location: Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
Honorable Mention
EGGS by Acevedo Eduardo (Spain)
Acevedo Eduardo
Spain

"EGGS"
Location: Canary Island
Honorable Mention
Pelagic Merlin by Magnus Lundgren (Sweden)
Magnus Lundgren
Sweden

"Pelagic Merlin"
Location: Marsa Nakari, Egypt
Macro Unrestricted
Gold
Froggy and Shrimpfish by Luc Eeckhaut (Belgium)
Luc Eeckhaut
Belgium

"Froggy and Shrimpfish"
Location: Lembeh Street
Silver
Glass House by Jeffrey de Guzman (Philippines)
Jeffrey de Guzman
Philippines

"Glass House"
Location: Anilao Batangas Philippines
Bronze
Reflection by yigal aharoni (Israel)
yigal aharoni
Israel

"Reflection"
Location: Red sea
Honorable Mention
Thanks to Keri by Michele Davino (Italy)
Michele Davino
Italy

"Thanks to Keri"
Location: Raja Ampat
Honorable Mention
Stargazer by Keri Wilk (Canada)
Keri Wilk
Canada

"Stargazer"
Location: Blue Heron Bridge, Florida
Honorable Mention
Olive Sea Snakes Mating by Ross Gudgeon (Australia)
Ross Gudgeon
Australia

"Olive Sea Snakes Mating"
Location: Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Super Macro Traditional
Gold
Squid by Keri Wilk (Canada)
Keri Wilk
Canada

"Squid"
Location: Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Silver
Octopus Eye by Keri Wilk (Canada)
Keri Wilk
Canada

"Octopus Eye"
Location: Blue Heron Bridge, Florida
Bronze
Starting a new life by Maxim Tomashevich (Russian Federation)
Maxim Tomashevich
Russian Federation

"Starting a new life"
Location: Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
Honorable Mention
Woaaah! by Jody Elliott ()
Jody Elliott

"Woaaah!"
Location: Komodo, Indonesia
Honorable Mention
Diver down flag by Esteban Toré (Spain)
Esteban Toré
Spain

"Diver down flag"
Location: Roses - Spain
Honorable Mention
Zebra Crossing by Indra Swari Wonowidjojo (Indonesia)
Indra Swari Wonowidjojo
Indonesia

"Zebra Crossing"
Location: Lembeh
Wide Angle Traditional
Gold
Mistery Wreck by David Barrio (Spain)
David Barrio
Spain

"Mistery Wreck"
Location: Gran Canaria
Silver
Waterlily and Perch by Fredrik Ehrenström ()
Fredrik Ehrenström

"Waterlily and Perch"
Location: Stora Hästevatten - Sweden
Bronze
Natural Net by Carlos Villoch (Spain)
Carlos Villoch
Spain

"Natural Net"
Location: Indonesia
Honorable Mention
Lucky Triple by Stuart Westmorland (United States)
Stuart Westmorland
United States

"Lucky Triple"
Location: Isla Mejeures, Yucatan, Mexico
Honorable Mention
hitting sailfish by Alexander Safonov (Hong Kong)
Alexander Safonov
Hong Kong

"hitting sailfish"
Location: Port St. Johns, South Africa
Honorable Mention
 by Jose Alejandro Alvarez (Dominican Republic)
Jose Alejandro Alvarez
Dominican Republic

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Location:
Wide Angle Unrestricted
Gold
Lily Pads by Keri Wilk (Canada)
Keri Wilk
Canada

"Lily Pads"
Location: Ontario, Canada
Silver
Ray of light by Gianni Pecchiar (Italy)
Gianni Pecchiar
Italy

"Ray of light"
Location: Croatia
Bronze
Next Way by Bartosz Strozynski (Poland)
Bartosz Strozynski
Poland

"Next Way"
Location: Antarctica
Honorable Mention
Pink Waterlily by Fredrik Ehrenström ()
Fredrik Ehrenström

"Pink Waterlily"
Location: Stora Hästevatten - Sweden
Honorable Mention
Inner Glow by Ross Gudgeon (Australia)
Ross Gudgeon
Australia

"Inner Glow"
Location: Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Honorable Mention
Leopard on ice by Jonas Thormar (Denmark)
Jonas Thormar
Denmark

"Leopard on ice"
Location: Antarctic Peninsula
Compact Cameras
Gold
Inquisitive by Matt Curnock (Australia)
Matt Curnock
Australia

"Inquisitive"
Location: Great Barrier Reef
Silver
Mantis Shrimp with Eggs by Stephen Holinski (Canada)
Stephen Holinski
Canada

"Mantis Shrimp with Eggs"
Location: Anilao, Philippines
Bronze
Giant Frogfish by Stephen Holinski (Canada)
Stephen Holinski
Canada

"Giant Frogfish"
Location: Anilao, Philippines
Honorable Mention
The boss and the gang by Tamás Szabó (Hungary)
Tamás Szabó
Hungary

"The boss and the gang"
Location: Red Sea Egypt
Honorable Mention
Pygmy Seahorse by Anders Korsvall (Sweden)
Anders Korsvall
Sweden

"Pygmy Seahorse"
Location: Sulawesi - Lembeh Strait
Honorable Mention
Tangler on Tippy Toes by Guy Carter (Australia)
Guy Carter
Australia

"Tangler on Tippy Toes"
Location: Blairgowrie Marina, Victoria, Australia
Novice
Gold
Curves by Jeremy Kozman (United States)
Jeremy Kozman
United States

"Curves"
Location: North Carolina, USA
Silver
Harlequin shrimps - Hymenocera elegans by Francesco De Marchi (Italy)
Francesco De Marchi
Italy

"Harlequin shrimps - Hymenocera elegans"
Location: Seraya Secrets, Tulamben, Bali
Bronze
Sand Tiger by Jeremy Kozman (United States)
Jeremy Kozman
United States

"Sand Tiger"
Location: North Carolina, USA
Honorable Mention
diabolic  by Isgro Paolo (Italy)
Isgro Paolo
Italy

"diabolic "
Location: Cebu
Honorable Mention
Shark Patrol by Steven Jacobs (United States)
Steven Jacobs
United States

"Shark Patrol"
Location: Bahamas
Video: General
Gold
General Video
Bruno Vanherck
"Belgica"
Silver
General Video
Kris Wilk
"Alien Rhythm"
Bronze
General Video
Mike Elliot
"Rasta Pasta"
Video: Conservation
Gold
Conservation Video
Zsolt Sasdi
"Survivors"
Silver
Conservation Video
Shawn Heinrichs
"Reef's End"
Bronze
Conservation Video
David Vik
"The Way It Used To Be"
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.

Super Macro Traditional

Any underwater image of a 24mm x 36mm (0.95in x 1.4in) 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.

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

Novice

Since participating in competitions is a way to progress one's photography, we have established a new Novice category. This category is specifically for amateur and novice photographers who do not want to compete with more established photographers. Ultimately the final decision to compete in this category is yours, however, we have established some basic guidelines and restrictions. 1. Have been shooting underwater less than 5 years 2. Never placed (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in a major competition 3. Never won more than $100 (value) in a photo competition 4. Never licensed an image for more than $100.

VIDEOS
General

Any film five minutes or less in duration, and at least 50% of the footage must be shot underwater.

Conservation

Marine Conservation themed films, five minutes or less in duration, and at least 50% of the footage must be shot underwater. Conservation videos will be expected to have a conservation message or emphasis, which can be explicit or subtle.

Keri Wilk

Liveaboard Trip to the Sea of Cortez with Solmar V,
One week at Gulen Dive Resort, Norway,
SEA&SEA YS-250 Strobe,
SEA&SEA $500 Gift Certificate,
Cressi Dive Equipment Package B (TBA)

David Barrio

Liveaboard Trip to the Sea of Cortez with Solmar V,
SEA&SEA YS-250 Strobe,
Signed Book from Wyland

Jeremy Kozman

Liveaboard Trip to the Solomon Islands with Bilikiki,
SEA&SEA YS-110 Strobe,
Signed Book from Wyland

Luc Eeckhaut Up to 10 Days at Wakatobi Dive Resort, or on board Pelagian, in Indonesia
Matt Curnock

Up to 10 Days at Wakatobi Dive Resort, or on board Pelagian, in Indonesia

Bruno Vanherck

Liveaboard Trip to Papua New Guinea with MV Febrina

Zsolt Sasdi

Liveaboard Trip to Papua New Guinea with MV Febrina

Stephen Holinski

5 night package, including accommodations and 4 days of diving the North Wall of Grand Cayman with Dive Tech @ Cobalt Coast Dive Resort,
SEA&SEA YS-110 Strobe

Fredrik Ehrenstro

5 night package, including accommodations and 4 days of diving the North Wall of Grand Cayman with Dive Tech @ Cobalt Coast Dive Resort,
SEA&SEA $500 Gift Certificate

Gianni Pecchiar

One Week Liveaboard Trip to the Red Sea with Emperor Divers

Jeffrey de Guzman

6 Nights / 5 Days of Diving  With Rainbow Divers and Sunrise Beach Resort in Vietnam

Francesco De Marchi

6 Nights / 5 Days of Diving  With Rainbow Divers and Sunrise Beach Resort in Vietnam

Kris Wilk

One week at Gulen Dive Resort, Norway
Shawn Heinrichs

One Week Liveaboard Trip to the Red Sea with Emperor Divers

Eduardo Acevedo Cressi Dive Equipment Package A (TBA),
Signed Book from Wyland
Carlos Villoch Cressi Dive Equipment Package A (TBA)
Maxim Tomashevich Cressi Dive Equipment Package A (TBA)
Bartosz Strozynski Nocturnal Lights 800i SLX Focus Light,
SEA&SEA $500 Gift Certificate
Yigal Aharoni Nocturnal Lights 800i SLX Focus Light
Ross Gudgeon Nocturnal Lights 800i SLX Focus Light
David Vik Cressi Dive Equipment Package B (TBA)
Mike Elliot Cressi Dive Equipment Package B (TBA)
Stuart Westmorland, Jody Elliot, Todd Mintz, Tamas Szabo, Steven Jacobs, Paolo Isgro, Jose Alejandro Alvarez, Jonas Thormar, Esteban Tore, Magnus Lundgren, Michele Davino, Anders Korsvall Ikelite Flashlight
Alexander Safonov, Indra Swari Wonowidjojo, Guy Carter Signed Book from Wyland
Competition Judges
PHOTO JUDGES
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.
David Doubilet David Doubilet  is considered to be among the best by editors, peers and colleagues the world over.  He has photographed over 60 stories for the National Geographic Magazine where he is currently a Contributing Photographer-in-Residence. David has documented our changing underwater world since his first assignment with the Geographic in 1971. In addition to the Geographic, David’s work continues to appear in countless publications worldwide and he is a contributing editor and feature columnists for the Behind the Shot in Sport Diver Magazine (US) and Seascapes and Dive Magazine (UK). He has authored seven books on the sea, and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including: The Sara Prize, The Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award and the Lennart Nilsson Award in Photography. David is a member of both the Royal Photographic Society and International Diving Hall of fame.

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

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/

Ric Frazier Born and raised in Texas, Ric’s photographic journey began with participating in and shooting the skateboarding scene. Many scrapes and scars later, swimming with the sharks seemed like an equally stimulating experience. This led this aqua man to pursue his interests at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. Over Ten years later, having become one of the most skilled, experienced and versatile underwater photographer in the world, Ric has redefined the art of underwater photography shooting everything ranging from people, props and sets, to ocean life. With a focus on advertising and editorial, Ric offers a relaxed and efficient working environment however complex or simple the shot or campaign. Recently he has shot for advertising clients such as Bayer, Mcdonald’s, MTV, and Shell Oil, as well as recent editorial clients Elle, ESPN, GQ, People, and Shape.

Ric's website: Frazierproductions.com






VIDEO JUDGES
Eric Hanauer

Eric Hanuer published his first underwater image and article, in Skin Diver magazine,  in 1977.  Over the past 30 years, his photos and articles have been published in magazines, books, posters, and CDs worldwide.  He has written guidebooks to the Red Sea and Micronesia, as well as an oral history of diving in America (ehanauer.com).  Recently Hanauer began shooting underwater video, and his work has been selected for showing in festivals, on the internet, on iTunes, and in TV commercials.

Born in Stuttgart, Germany and raised in Chicago, Eric was educated in the Chicago Public Schools, then earned a BS in Physical Education at George Williams College, and an MS in Physical Education at UCLA. His wife, Karen Straus, is also an active diver and underwater photographer. They live in San Diego. More about Eric can be found on his website  www.ehanauer.com

Mary Lynn Price

Mary Lynn Price is a video journalist and producer, founder of DiveFilm.com. She is the executive producer of the iTunes featured podcast, DiveFilm HD Video, and is a founding organizer of the San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition. She teaches video editing and storytelling on land and at sea, and is an Apple certified pro in Final Cut Pro 7.  More about Mary Lynn can be found at her website, marylynnprice.com.

Steve Douglas

Steve Douglas is a certified Apple Pro for Final Cut Pro 6 and underwater videographer. A winner of the 1999 Pacific Coast Underwater Film Competition, 2003 IVIE competition, 2004 Los Angeles Underwater Photographic competition, and the prestigious 2005 International Beneath the Sea Film Competition, where he also won the Stan Waterman Award for Excellence in Underwater Videography and 'Diver of the Year,' Steve was a safety diver on the feature film "The Deep Blue Sea," contributed footage to the Seaworld Park's Atlantis production, the History Channel's MegaDisaster show, and his first, recently aired National Geographic special segment on Marlin.  Steve is a feature writer for Asian Diver Magazine and the Final Cut Pro editing websites, www.kenstone.net and www.lafcpug.org and continues to conduct filming and editing seminars for both private and group audiences.  A regular speaker and presenter for many dive clubs,  Steve is one of the founding organizers of the San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition and leads both underwater filming expeditions and African safaris.