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DEEP Indonesia 2014

Best of Show by Bert
Best of Show

PHOTOGRAPHER
Bert Willaert

CATEGORY
Compact Cameras
1st Place

The prestigious DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition is part of a unique series hosted by DivePhotoGuide & Wetpixel, in association with DEEP Indonesia, Indonesia’s first and premier diving, adventure travel and extreme sports expo.  
Photographers competed in seven themed categories to win over $40,000 in prizes, including underwater photo equipment and premium dive travel packages to some of the top photo destinations in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and The Maldives.


Congratulations to Bert Willaert who won Best of Show for his 1st place image from the Compact Camera category. It is the first time in the history the series that a compact camera winner has won the Best of Show.   Winners can be seen online, and will be published by our media partners worldwide and exhibited during the DEEP Indonesia Expo in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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

Winners
Compact Cameras
Gold
tadpoles by Bert Willaert (Belgium)
Bert Willaert
Belgium

"tadpoles"
Location: Lovendegem, Belgium
Silver
Kaslo by Stephen Holinski (Canada)
Stephen Holinski
Canada

"Kaslo"
Location: Kaslo, British Columbia
Bronze
Into space by chia chi chang (Taiwan)
chia chi chang
Taiwan

"Into space"
Location: NORTHEAST COAST, TAIWAN
Divers
Gold
 Beneath the sun by PARNUPONG  NORASETHKAMOL ()
PARNUPONG NORASETHKAMOL

" Beneath the sun"
Location: Palau
Silver
Diver with Jacks at Cabo Pulmo by Christian Vizl (Mexico)
Christian Vizl
Mexico

"Diver with Jacks at Cabo Pulmo"
Location: Cabo Pulmo, Sea of Cortez, México
Bronze
Freediving Serenity by Joel Penner ()
Joel Penner

"Freediving Serenity"
Location: Tulum, Mexico
Animal Portrait
Gold
LOS GIGANTES by Acevedo Eduardo (Spain)
Acevedo Eduardo
Spain

"LOS GIGANTES"
Location: Tenerife
Silver
Rio Negro Botos by David Salvatori (Italy)
David Salvatori
Italy

"Rio Negro Botos"
Location: Rio Negro, Amazonas - Brasil
Bronze
a journey begins by SUMER VERMA (India)
SUMER VERMA
India

"a journey begins"
Location: lakshadweep islands
Animal Behavior
Gold
The siege by Martin Strmiska (Slovakia)
Martin Strmiska
Slovakia

"The siege"
Location: Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Silver
Touch Down by Marc Montocchio ()
Marc Montocchio

"Touch Down"
Location: Baja Mexico
Bronze
Chow Time by Allen Walker (South Africa)
Allen Walker
South Africa

"Chow Time"
Location: Port St. Johns, South Africa
Honorable Mention
The next generation by Tammy Gibbs ()
Tammy Gibbs

"The next generation"
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Reefscapes
Gold
Monterey reef by Allison Vitsky Sallmon (United States)
Allison Vitsky Sallmon
United States

"Monterey reef"
Location: Monterey, California
Silver
Spirographis by Gianni Pecchiar (Italy)
Gianni Pecchiar
Italy

"Spirographis"
Location: Croatia Krk Island
Bronze
Red Sea at Sunset by Theresa Guise ()
Theresa Guise

"Red Sea at Sunset"
Location: Red Sea
Sharks
Gold
SUNSET SHARK by Vincent Truchet (French Polynesia)
Vincent Truchet
French Polynesia

"SUNSET SHARK"
Location: TIKEHAU - FRENCH POLYNESIA
Silver
verdesca by filippo borghi ()
filippo borghi

"verdesca"
Location: portogallo
Bronze
Bahamian beau by Martin Strmiska (Slovakia)
Martin Strmiska
Slovakia

"Bahamian beau"
Location: Bahamas
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.

Sharks

Any underwater image featuring a shark.

PARNUPONG NORASETHKAMOL10 day packages to Papua New Guinea at Walindi Dive Resort
Bert Willaert10 day packages to Papua New Guinea at Walindi Dive Resort
Allison Vitsky Sallmon10 day dive packages to Lembeh Strait and Bunaken with Critters @ Lembeh and Lembeh Resort
Acevedo Eduardo10 day dive packages to Lembeh Strait and Bunaken with Critters @ Lembeh and Lembeh Resort
Marc Montocchio7 day packages diving various regions of Bali, with Bali Diving Academy
David Salvatori7 day packages diving various regions of Bali, with Bali Diving Academy
Martin Strmiska8 day Maldive live aboard trip aboard the MV Orion
+10 Subsee Magnifier with custom adapter
Vincent Truchet8 day Maldive live aboard trip aboard the MV Orion
Gianni Pecchiar7 day packages to Lembeh Strait with Eco Divers and Eco Divers Resort Lembeh
Christian Vizl7 day packages to Lembeh Strait with Eco Divers and Eco Divers Resort Lembeh
Stephen Holinski i-torch Pro 7 from I-DIVESITE
filippo borghi i-torch Pro 7 from I-DIVESITE
Joel Penner i-torch Pro 7 from I-DIVESITE
SUMER VERMA+10 Subsee Magnifier with custom adapter
Allen Walker+10 Subsee Magnifier with custom adapter
Theresa GuiseWyland signed Book
chia chi changWyland signed Book
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.
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

Keri Wilk

Even at the age of 27, Keri has accumulated 17 years of underwater photography experience. Being formally educated as a mechanical engineer, he currently co-owns and develops products for ReefNet, has been a regular contributor to DivePhotoGuide.com since 2009, and does freelance work for several popular dive magazines.

Keri's photography has evolved to a tremendous degree since he took his first underwater shots. He began his career by shooting images to be used primarily in ReefNet's electronic marine life field guides, but soon grew bored of the monotony of clinical side-profile identification shots. Wanting more from his time underwater, he expanded his photographic horizons, hoping to capture images of interesting and unusual behaviors in the underwater world. His success in this field was impressive, winning him several international underwater photo competitions ñ while still a teenager.

Lia Barrett

Lia Barrett is the Photo Editor of DivePhotoGuide, photographer, and Creative Director of Prawno Apparel.  When she is not tending to DPG duties, or developing new apparel designs, she is typically dragging too much luggage through airports, and attempting not  to flood her housing. 

Lia studied photography at Parsons School of Design, and has dabbled in various photographic disciplines since graduating in 2007.  Switching in and out of landscape, fine art, underwater, and photojournalism has allowed her to do varying genres of stories and exhibitions.  Her most recent assignments have highlighted the skills and stories surrounding freedivers.  One of her dearest projects is the result of over 100 hours spent in a homemade submarine off of Honduras, documenting rarely seen and little known creatures.

Learn more about Prawno Apparel’s ocean-inspired designs: www.prawnoapparel.com, or check out Lia’s work: www.liabarrettphotography.com

Matt Weiss

Matt Weiss is the owner, publisher and editor-in-chief of DivePhotoGuide.com, a leading underwater photography media publication with over 50,000 worldwide monthly readers.  Matt has been working full time at DPG since 2009, and for years was the world’s only full time underwater photography editor.  Matt also helped found the New York Underwater Photographic Society, where he currently serves as the co-president. 

Matt spends over a third of the year in the field shooting assignments and running workshops for numerous print and digital publications.  In 2011, Matt co-founded Scuba Diver Through The Lens, the world’s first international underwater photography print magazine that will be published quarterly beginning in 2012 and distributed in New York, Munich and Singapore.