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Our World Underwater 2015

Best of Show by Anthony
Best of Show

PHOTOGRAPHER
Anthony Berberian

CATEGORY
Macro Unrestricted
1st Place

The Our World Underwater international underwater photography and video competition has become known as the "Superbowl" of underwater imaging events. The competition celebrates and highlights both art of underwater photography as well as the beauty of the ocean.


This year the panel of judges went through thousands of images and videos taken by novice to professional photographers and videographers from around the world.


$50,000 in prizes were awarded to the winners. Congratulations to Anthony Berberian, who won Best of Show for his 1st place image from the Macro Unrestricted category.


Winners were announced live on stage during the Our World Underwater film festival in Chicago (February 27–March 1, 2015), and will be published by supporting media partners worldwide. You can enjoy the winning images below.

 

 

Video Winners
Gold Silver Bronze
Lee Burghard Shawn Heinrichs Dustin Adamson
USA USA USA
"My Sanctuary"
"Tigress Shark"
"Black and White"

 

Winners
Macro Traditional
Gold
Tunicate Shrimp by Joe Daniels (United Kingdom)
Joe Daniels
United Kingdom

"Tunicate Shrimp"
Location: Ambon, Indonesia
Silver
In the space by Qing Lin (China)
Qing Lin
China

"In the space"
Location: Tulamben,Bali,Indonesia
Bronze
Jail House Shrimp by Jeffrey de Guzman (Philippines)
Jeffrey de Guzman
Philippines

"Jail House Shrimp"
Location: Anilao Batangas Philippines
Macro Unrestricted
Gold
Clandestine passenger by Anthony Berberian ()
Anthony Berberian

"Clandestine passenger"
Location: Tahiti
Silver
Juvenile Pelagic Octopus by Fabien Michenet (French Polynesia)
Fabien Michenet
French Polynesia

"Juvenile Pelagic Octopus"
Location: Tahiti
Bronze
Underwater lanterns by Sacha Lobenstein (Spain)
Sacha Lobenstein
Spain

"Underwater lanterns"
Location: La Caleta, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Honorable Mention
Swimming X-ray by Jeff Milisen ()
Jeff Milisen

"Swimming X-ray"
Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Wide Angle Traditional
Gold
SPOTTED DOLFINS by Francis Pérez (Spain)
Francis Pérez
Spain

"SPOTTED DOLFINS"
Location: TENERIFE CANARY ISLANDS
Silver
Voyager by Pedro Carrillo (Spain)
Pedro Carrillo
Spain

"Voyager"
Location: Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Bronze
Dome scratcher  by Nuno Sá (Portugal)
Nuno Sá
Portugal

"Dome scratcher "
Location: azores
Wide Angle Unrestricted
Gold
Got it! by Christian Miller (Australia)
Christian Miller
Australia

"Got it!"
Location: Fitzroy Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Silver
Underworld by Eiko Jones ()
Eiko Jones

"Underworld"
Location: Telegraph Cove, BC, Canada
Bronze
The Killer by Rodney Bursiel (United States)
Rodney Bursiel
United States

"The Killer"
Location: Roca Partida, Revillagigedo Islands
Honorable Mention
Animal in Cage by Davide  Lopresti ()
Davide Lopresti

"Animal in Cage"
Location: Isla Guadalupe - Messico
Compact Cameras
Gold
Gravity by Marc Casanovas Felix ()
Marc Casanovas Felix

"Gravity"
Location: Vilassar de Mar (Spain)
Silver
Below the Chaos by Stephen Holinski (Canada)
Stephen Holinski
Canada

"Below the Chaos"
Location: Hornby Island, British Columbia
Bronze
Hairy  by Stephen Holinski (Canada)
Stephen Holinski
Canada

"Hairy "
Location: Padang Bai, Indonesia
Honorable Mention
Revelation by ABIMAEL MARQUEZ (Puerto Rico)
ABIMAEL MARQUEZ
Puerto Rico

"Revelation"
Location: Crash Boat, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
Commercial, Conceptual & Fashion
Gold
Mother in Love by Steffen Binke ()
Steffen Binke

"Mother in Love"
Location: Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Silver
Clash of the Nomads by Shawn Heinrichs (United States)
Shawn Heinrichs
United States

"Clash of the Nomads"
Location: Kona, Hawaii
Bronze
Cave Gypsy by Shawn Heinrichs (United States)
Shawn Heinrichs
United States

"Cave Gypsy"
Location: Tonga
Honorable Mention
Reflection by Steffen Binke ()
Steffen Binke

"Reflection"
Location: Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
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

Commercial, Conceptual & Fashion

Non-wildlife focused underwater images of commercial, conceptual or fashion related subjects. Images can be shot in a pool or in the wild, but the primary subject should not be wildlife.

VIDEOS
General

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

Christian Miller9 day trips to the Revillagigedo Archipelago (Socorro), aboard Solmar V
Anthony Berberian9 day trips to the Revillagigedo Archipelago (Socorro), aboard Solmar V
Francis Pérez10 day Papua New Guinea live aboard trips aboard Febrina
Joe Daniels10 day Papua New Guinea live aboard trips aboard Febrina
Fabien Michenet7 Night Dive Package in Palau with Sams Tours Palau
Eiko Jones7 Night Dive Package in Palau with Sams Tours Palau
Pedro Carrillo 7 nights package at Atlantis Puerto Galera or Atlantis Dumaguete
Qing Lin 7 nights package at Atlantis Puerto Galera or Atlantis Dumaguete
Stephen Holinski7 day dive packages to Lembeh Strait with NAD-Lembeh
Various Lighting Accessories from Inon
Marc Casanovas Felix7 day packages to Norway at Gulen Dive Resort
Sacha Lobenstein7 day packages to Norway at Gulen Dive Resort
Steffen Binke7 day dive packages to Lembeh Strait with NAD-Lembeh
Various Products from Fantasea
Jeffrey de GuzmanVarious Lighting Accessories from Inon
Shawn HeinrichsVarious Lighting Accessories from Inon
Various Products from Fantasea
Jeff MilisenVarious Lighting Accessories from Inon
Nuno SáVarious Products from Fantasea
Davide LoprestiVarious Products from Fantasea
Rodney BursielVarious Products from Fantasea
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.

Brian Skerry

Brian Skerry is a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Since 1998 he has been a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine covering a wide range of subjects and stories.

An award-winning photographer, Brian is praised worldwide for his aesthetic sense as well as his journalistic drive for relevance. His uniquely-creative images tell stories that not only celebrate the mystery and beauty of the sea, but also help bring attention to the large number of issues that endanger our oceans and its inhabitants.

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/

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.