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Our World Underwater 2018

Best of Show by Shane
Best of Show

PHOTOGRAPHER
Shane Gross

CATEGORY
Macro Traditional
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.


$55,000 in prizes were awarded to the winners. Congratulations to Shane Gross, who won Best of Show for his 1st place image from the Macro Traditional category.


Winners were announced live on stage during the Our World Underwater film festival in Chicago (February 17–18, 2018), and will be published by supporting media partners worldwide. You can enjoy the winning images and videos below.

 

 

Video Winners
Gold Silver Bronze
Lee Burghard

Alex Lindbloom
 
Sascha Janson

"Adventure Is Calling" "The Coral Triangle" "Stealth Anglers"

Winners
Macro Traditional
Gold
Density by Shane  Gross (Canada)
Shane Gross
Canada

"Density"
Location: Eleuthera, Bahamas
Silver
In the Glans by Anders Nyberg (Sweden)
Anders Nyberg
Sweden

"In the Glans"
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Bronze
A Pair Yellow Gobies by Enrico Somogyi ()
Enrico Somogyi

"A Pair Yellow Gobies"
Location: Anilao, Philippines
Honorable Mention
Hyppocampus guttulatus double exposure by Adriano Morettin (Italy)
Adriano Morettin
Italy

"Hyppocampus guttulatus double exposure"
Location: Gulf of Rijeka, Croatia, northern Adriatic Sea
Macro Unrestricted
Gold
Dominate  by Songda Cai (China)
Songda Cai
China

"Dominate "
Location: Anilao Batangas
Silver
Amazing  by Songda Cai (China)
Songda Cai
China

"Amazing "
Location: Anilao Batangas
Bronze
we spinning around by Anders Nyberg (Sweden)
Anders Nyberg
Sweden

"we spinning around"
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Honorable Mention
Up by Davide  Lopresti ()
Davide Lopresti

"Up"
Location: La Spezia - Italy
Wide Angle Traditional
Gold
Mating by Shane  Gross (Canada)
Shane Gross
Canada

"Mating"
Location: Eleuthera, Bahamas
Silver
Leatherback Turtle by Eduardo Acevedo (Spain)
Eduardo Acevedo
Spain

"Leatherback Turtle"
Location: Tenerife(Spain)
Bronze
Encircled by Jason Sintek ()
Jason Sintek

"Encircled"
Location: Cabo Pulmo
Wide Angle Unrestricted
Gold
Gannets feeding by Greg Lecoeur ()
Greg Lecoeur

"Gannets feeding"
Location: Scotland
Silver
Fast & Furious  by David Salvatori (Italy)
David Salvatori
Italy

"Fast & Furious "
Location: Umkomaas (South Africa)
Bronze
Humpback whale by Greg Lecoeur ()
Greg Lecoeur

"Humpback whale"
Location: Tonga
Honorable Mention
Honu Love At Dusk by Renee Capozzola (United States)
Renee Capozzola
United States

"Honu Love At Dusk"
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Compact Cameras
Gold
Blenny under the Sun by Enrico Somogyi ()
Enrico Somogyi

"Blenny under the Sun"
Location: Rab, Croatia
Silver
Swarm and Palms by Enrico Somogyi ()
Enrico Somogyi

"Swarm and Palms"
Location: Tulamben, Indonesia
Bronze
Tres Amigos by Sarah Vasend ()
Sarah Vasend

"Tres Amigos"
Location: La Paz, Mexico
Honorable Mention
The Conductor by Ari Nieminen (Finland)
Ari Nieminen
Finland

"The Conductor"
Location: Lake Vähä Arajärvi, Finland
Black and White
Gold
ROCK AND LIGHT by Vaclav Krpelik (Czech Republic)
Vaclav Krpelik
Czech Republic

"ROCK AND LIGHT"
Location: Egypt
Silver
Longimanus by Greg Lecoeur ()
Greg Lecoeur

"Longimanus"
Location: Red Sea
Bronze
Carapace by Pedro Carrillo (Spain)
Pedro Carrillo
Spain

"Carapace"
Location: Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Honorable Mention
Invasion by J.R. Sosky ()
J.R. Sosky

"Invasion"
Location: Monterey, CA
Categories
PHOTOS
Macro Traditional

Any close-up image captured with a macro lens, where the reproduction ratio is between 1:10 and 1:1, or greater.
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 enables 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. Please do not submit cropped or manipulated entries in this category.

Macro Unrestricted

Any close-up image captured with a macro lens, where the reproduction ratio is between 1:10 and 1:1, or greater.
Unlike the "Traditional" divisions, the "Unrestricted" divisions have no specific rules regarding digital manipulation. However, as we are not running a digital manipulation contest, you should exercise care in the decisions that you make.

Wide Angle Traditional

Any image captured with a wide-angle lens (focal length 35mm or less in 35mm format).
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 enables 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. Please do not submit cropped or manipulated entries in this category.

Wide Angle Unrestricted

Any image captured with a wide-angle lens (focal length 35mm or less in 35mm format).
Unlike the "Traditional" divisions, the "Unrestricted" divisions have no specific rules regarding digital manipulation. However, as we are not running a digital manipulation contest, you should exercise care in the decisions that you make.

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.

Black and White

Any single-toned image, such as black and white, or sepia, with no additional accent color.

VIDEOS
General

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

Shane Gross12-day liveaboard trip for two on the Seven Seas “East of Flores” cruise
7-night trip on board the Truk Master with Worldwide Dive and Sail
Greg Lecoeur8-night liveaboard trips to Papua New Guinea aboard MV FeBrina
7-day packages to Norway at Gulen Dive Resort
Various lighting equipment from Ikelite
Enrico Somogyi5-day diving packages by Sam’s Tours Palau including 7 nights at Palau Royal Resort
Various lighting equipment from Ikelite
Various lighting equipment from Ikelite
Songda Cai5-day diving packages by Sam’s Tours Palau including 7 nights at Palau Royal Resort
Various lighting equipment from Ikelite
David Salvatori5-day trips to Guadalupe Island aboard Solmar V
Anders Nyberg7-day packages to Norway at Gulen Dive Resort
Various lighting and lens accessories from Inon
Pedro Carrillo7-night, 18-dive packages at Crystal Blue Resort, Anilao, Philippines
Jason Sintek7-night, 18-dive packages at Crystal Blue Resort, Anilao, Philippines
Eduardo Acevedo 7-night packages at Atlantis Puerto Galera or Atlantis Dumaguete, Philippines
Vaclav Krpelik 7-night packages at Atlantis Puerto Galera or Atlantis Dumaguete, Philippines
Sarah VasendVarious lighting and lens accessories from Inon
Competition Judges
PHOTO JUDGES
Alex Mustard

Dr Alexander Mustard, from the UK, has been taking underwater photographs for 30 years and has worked as a full-time underwater photographer for the last decade. His photographs have attracted many awards including being category winners in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and in 2013, he was named European Wildlife Photographer of the Year as overall winner of the GDT contest. He was one of the team for the 2020VISION conservation photography project in the UK. He also runs popular underwater photography workshops at top diving destinations around the world. www.amustard.com

Erin Quigley

Erin Quigley is an Adobe ACE certified expert specializing in customized workflows and editing strategies using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. She is an award-winning underwater photographer and editor, and creator of GoAskErin.com, which provides one-on-one instruction, custom video tutorials, and post-production resources specifically developed for underwater shooters. Along with one-on-one consulting, Erin writes the Imaging Techniques column for Scuba Diving magazine, leads trips, and teaches workshops worldwide. She is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame.

Keri Wilk

Keri Wilk started diving at around 8 and was certified by the age of 12. Around two decades have now passed since he picked up his first underwater camera. With his brother, a fellow engineer, Keri co-owns ReefNet, which creates products that benefit the underwater world, such as optics, data recorders, and marine life ID guides. Keri recently ventured into the field of aerial imaging and started a company called Rotorpixel, which primarily manufactures direct-drive camera-stabilizing gimbals for unmanned aerial systems. After winning over 100 awards in international photo competitions, he now regularly appears on judging panels. www.keriwilk.com

Lia Barrett

Lia Barrett is a Korean born, North Carolina raised professional underwater photographer. After completing university at Parsons School of Design in New York in 2007, Lia has been on a continual pursuit of travel and adventure. From her deep-sea work in a homemade submarine off of Roatán, Honduras, to shooting world record holding freedivers, Lia has embraced the underwater world as her ultimate sanctuary. Lia is the Photo Editor of DivePhotoGuide, the definitive source for underwater photography. She is also the co-founder and Creative Director of Prawno Apparel, an ocean-minded apparel company that draws designs directly from Lia’s photographs. She has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, BBC, CNN, Time, Outside, Huffington Post, ESPN, Playboy, The Times, Men’s Journal, and 60 Minutes. www.liabarrettphotography.com