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DEEP Indonesia 2018

Best of Show by Yung-Sen
Best of Show

PHOTOGRAPHER
Yung-Sen Wu

CATEGORY
Animal Behavior
1st Place

The annual DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition has grown to be one of the most prestigious and competitive of its kind. As part of the Underwater Competition Series, the contest is organized by DivePhotoGuide and Wetpixel. This year’s competition received thousands of entries vying for the chance to win more than $45,000 in travel and equipment prizes.

Congratulations to Yung-Sen Wu, who took home the Best of Show award for a jaw-dropping image of a blue-ring octopus tending its eggs in Lembeh, Indonesia. This image, and all the other winning photos, can be viewed right here on UnderwaterCompetition.com, as well as at the DEEP Indonesia Expo in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Thanks again to our talented judging panel, Daniel Botelho, Joanna Lentini, Abi Mullens, and Joe Tepper. As with all Underwater Competition contests, 15% of proceeds will be donated directly to marine conservation efforts.

Winners
Compact Cameras
Gold
Friends by Francesco Pacienza (Italy)
Francesco Pacienza
Italy

"Friends"
Location: Taranto
Silver
Kootenay Sunset by Stephen Holinski (Canada)
Stephen Holinski
Canada

"Kootenay Sunset"
Location: Kootenay Lake, British Columbia, Canada
Bronze
Underwater Sheep by Stan Chen ()
Stan Chen

"Underwater Sheep"
Location: Tulamben
Honorable Mention
WOW Blenny by Melody Chuang (Taiwan)
Melody Chuang
Taiwan

"WOW Blenny"
Location: NorthEast Coast of Taiwan
Divers
Gold
Descent  by Grant Thomas ()
Grant Thomas

"Descent "
Location: Swallows Cave, Tonga
Silver
Shark Whisperer by Fan Ping ()
Fan Ping

"Shark Whisperer"
Location: Freeport, Bahamas
Bronze
Blue Mao Mao Diver by Robert Marc Lehmann ()
Robert Marc Lehmann

"Blue Mao Mao Diver"
Location: Poor Knights New Zealand
Honorable Mention
OCD Diver Tries To Right Shipwreck by Susannah H. Snowden-Smith (United States)
Susannah H. Snowden-Smith
United States

"OCD Diver Tries To Right Shipwreck"
Location: Grand Cayman
Animal Portrait
Gold
Thing by Pedro Carrillo (Spain)
Pedro Carrillo
Spain

"Thing"
Location: Crystal River, FL, US
Silver
Marine Iguana by Greg Lecoeur ()
Greg Lecoeur

"Marine Iguana"
Location: Galapagos
Bronze
ACE_5934 by Yung-Sen Wu ()
Yung-Sen Wu

"ACE_5934"
Location: Ambon Indonesias
Honorable Mention
WOW by Yen-Yi Lee (Taiwan)
Yen-Yi Lee
Taiwan

"WOW"
Location: Long Dong, Taiwan
Animal Behavior
Gold
ACE_1283 by Yung-Sen Wu ()
Yung-Sen Wu

"ACE_1283"
Location: Lembeh Indonesias
Silver
Specimen by Yatwai So (Hong Kong)
Yatwai So
Hong Kong

"Specimen"
Location: Anilao
Bronze
Jelly good! by Dania Cintia Rodrigues ()
Dania Cintia Rodrigues

"Jelly good!"
Location: Great Barrier Reef (Cairns)
Honorable Mention
Heatrun by Scott Portelli (Australia)
Scott Portelli
Australia

"Heatrun"
Location: Tonga
Reefscapes
Gold
Cold but colourful  by David Salvatori (Italy)
David Salvatori
Italy

"Cold but colourful "
Location: Simon's Town (South Africa)
Silver
Turtle Garden by Matt Curnock (Australia)
Matt Curnock
Australia

"Turtle Garden"
Location: Komodo Marine National Park
Bronze
Circle of Life by Alex Lindbloom (United States)
Alex Lindbloom
United States

"Circle of Life"
Location: Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Honorable Mention
Three Jetties by Quentin Felty (United States)
Quentin Felty
United States

"Three Jetties"
Location: Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia
Over-Unders
Gold
Love Birds by Grant Thomas ()
Grant Thomas

"Love Birds"
Location: Loch Lomond, Scotland
Silver
River Crab by Massimo Zannini (Italy)
Massimo Zannini
Italy

"River Crab"
Location: Italy
Bronze
An Indonesian Sunset by Alex Lindbloom (United States)
Alex Lindbloom
United States

"An Indonesian Sunset"
Location: Wetar, Indonesia
Honorable Mention
Crocodile mirror by Massimo Giorgetta (Italy)
Massimo Giorgetta
Italy

"Crocodile mirror"
Location: Cuba - Gardens of the queen
Categories
PHOTOS
Compact Cameras

Any image taken by a point-and-shoot, non-DSLR, non-interchangeable-lens camera.
Any camera with interchangeable lenses is not considered a compact, so images taken with such cameras must not be entered into this category.

Divers

Any underwater image featuring a scuba diver or freediver.

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.

Over-Unders

Any image where the lower portion is underwater and the upper portion is above water. Splits, aka half-and-halfs, will be judged on the merits of the picture as a whole.

Grant Thomas7-day packages diving various regions of Bali, with Bali Diving Academy
7-night dive packages to Papua New Guinea at Walindi Dive Resort
Yung-Sen Wu10-day dive packages to Lembeh Strait and Bangka with Critters@Lembeh and Lembeh Resort
Various lighting equipment from Ikelite
Pedro Carrillo10-day dive packages to Lembeh Strait and Bangka with Critters@Lembeh and Lembeh Resort
Francesco Pacienza7-day packages diving various regions of Bali, with Bali Diving Academy
David Salvatori7-night dive packages to Papua New Guinea at Walindi Dive Resort
Fan Ping7-night dive packages to Lembeh Strait with Eco Divers and Eco Divers Resort Lembeh
Massimo Zannini7-night dive packages to Lembeh Strait with Eco Divers and Eco Divers Resort Lembeh
Stephen Holinski7-night, 12-dive packages to Siladen Resort & Spa, Sulawesi
Yatwai So7-night, 12-dive packages to Siladen Resort & Spa, Sulawesi
Matt Curnock7-night, 10-dive packages at Volivoli Beach Resort, Fiji
Greg Lecoeur7-night, 10-dive packages at Volivoli Beach Resort, Fiji
Alex LindbloomVarious video lights from i-Divesite
Various video lights from i-Divesite
Various lighting equipment from Ikelite
SubSee +5 or +10 Magnifier with custom adapter
Stan ChenVarious video lights from i-Divesite
SubSee +5 or +10 Magnifier with custom adapter
Robert Marc LehmannVarious video lights from i-Divesite
Various lighting equipment from Ikelite
Dania Cintia RodriguesVarious lighting equipment from Ikelite
Competition Judges
PHOTO JUDGES
Abi Smigel Mullens

Abi Smigel Mullens is the associate editor of Wetpixel, a premiere online underwater photography community and website. She is also a freelance underwater photographer and writer that has been published in many popular scuba diving magazines. In addition to shooting wildlife underwater, Abi specializes in children’s underwater portraits and runs her own company, Sea Star Underwater Portraits. She is based in the San Francisco bay area and offers this service to clients and swim schools up and down the California coast.

Daniel Botelho

Daniel Botelho is an award-winning photojournalist who specializes in underwater photography. His work can be seen in more than 100 advertising campaigns. Daniel’s connection with nature dates back to his childhood, as he grew up in between the sea and the rainforest, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nowadays Daniel contributes to several publications, in more than 20 countries. Concerned with the devastation of the earth’s oceans, Daniel has become a warrior for whales and sharks that are being massacred through unsustainable practices, which if left unstopped will lead to the extinction of these animals. www.danielbotelho.com

Joanna Lentini

Joanna Lentini, the editor of DivePhotoGuide, is an award-winning photographer and writer based in the greater New York City area. Joanna’s passion for the natural world and photography ignited from an early age and has led her to explore diverse environments around the planet—from the Arctic to the Coral Triangle. Joanna has been awarded in several international photography competitions and was recently one of a few women awarded in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year photography competition. Having lived in four countries across three continents, she has now visited 50-plus countries, is a certified PADI Master Scuba Diver and Aquanaut, and is a member of the Ocean Artists Society. She holds a bachelors degree in Entrepreneurial Studies from Rider University, and is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. www.deepfocusimages.com

Joseph Tepper

Joseph Tepper is an award-winning photojournalist specializing in nature, travel and underwater photography. He is currently the Editor-at-Large for DivePhotoGuide. Joseph’s work takes him across the globe from Indonesia to the Galapagos, and his images and articles from these travels have been featured in numerous publications, including Scuba Diving, Sport Diver, Scuba Diver AustralAsia, NationalGeographic.com, and the Huffington Post. Joseph’s awards include Young Underwater Photographer of the Year sponsored by Rolex (2012), Cayman Free Press top photographer (2011), and an honorable mention at the World Festival of Underwater Photography (2013). He has previously worked as a reporter and photographer for the New York Daily News. Joseph holds degrees in journalism and anthropology from New York University (2014). www.joetepper.com