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Under The Blue International Underwater Photo & Video Competition

Best of Show by Yeang Chng
Best of Show

PHOTOGRAPHER
Yeang Chng

CATEGORY
Majesty of the Oceans
1st Place

We are pleased to announce the winners of the newest addition to the series of UnderwaterCompetition.com underwater imagery events, and on the heels of the popular Our World Underwater & DEEP Indonesia competitions. Wetpixel, DivePhotoGuide and the 2007 SCUBA Show are proud to present the winners of “UNDER THE BLUE 2007”.

Photographers competed in four still image categories, including a category for images that focus on California’s unique and beautiful underwater environment, and one video category. Winners shared in more than $20,000 in prizes, including premium dive travel, underwater photography and diving equipment! Travel prizes included trips to some of the top photo destinations in the world including Fiji, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, South Africa and Australia.

Winners were exhibited at the 2007 SCUBA Show in Long Beach, California, June 2-3, 2007, and will be published and announced by our supporting media partners worldwide.

15% of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.

Congratulations to the winners!

Winners
Majesty of the Oceans
Gold
 by Yeang Chng  ()
Yeang Chng

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Silver
 by Jose Angel Fernandez Esparza  ()
Jose Angel Fernandez Esparza

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Bronze
 by Pasquale Pascullo  ()
Pasquale Pascullo

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Honorable Mention
 by Alessio Viora (Italy)
Alessio Viora
Italy

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Honorable Mention
 by Noam Kortler (Israel)
Noam Kortler
Israel

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The Macro World
Gold
 by Alessio Viora (Italy)
Alessio Viora
Italy

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Silver
 by Paolo Rossi  ()
Paolo Rossi

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Bronze
 by Adam Minu (Hong Kong)
Adam Minu
Hong Kong

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Honorable Mention
 by Alex Tattersall  ()
Alex Tattersall

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Honorable Mention
 by Paolo Rossi  ()
Paolo Rossi

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Man and Sea
Gold
 by Noam Kortler (Israel)
Noam Kortler
Israel

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Silver
 by Adam Minu (Hong Kong)
Adam Minu
Hong Kong

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Bronze
 by Adam Minu (Hong Kong)
Adam Minu
Hong Kong

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Honorable Mention
 by Kimfai Mau  ()
Kimfai Mau

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Honorable Mention
 by Jonas Vannar  ()
Jonas Vannar

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California
Gold
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Silver
 by Roger Carlson  ()
Roger Carlson

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Bronze
 by Steven Trainoff  ()
Steven Trainoff

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Honorable Mention
 by Bonnie Zaleski  ()
Bonnie Zaleski

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Honorable Mention
 by Roger Carlson  ()
Roger Carlson

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Categories
PHOTOS
Majesty of the Oceans
Images in this category celebrate the majestic oceans. Choose images that illustrate the power, scale, and beauty of the underwater realm. This category has 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.
The Macro World
Part of the reason the underwater ecosystem is so fascinating is that there are observable worlds of existence even when viewed through a magnifying glass (or, in this case, a macro lens). Images submitted to this category should show how fascinating, strange, and colorful life is at the macro level. This category has 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.
Man and Sea
This category celebrates the special relationship between Man (or woman!) and the water. Choose your best images that includes divers, swimmers, or an illustrated relationship between humans and the oceans/seas/lakes. This category has 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.
California
Underwater or split images featuring the beauty of California waters. In this category, submitted images must have been taken underwater somewhere off the coast of California. This category has 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.
VIDEOS
Video Vignette
Best underwater video vignette under 60 seconds long. Subject matter is open, but video must be at least 70% underwater footage, and judges will want to see you maximize impact in such a short amount of time. See Guidelines and Instructions for complete details.

Noam Kortler
Israel

One Week of Shark Diving in Fiji with Beqa Adventure Divers + $100 gift certificate from Ultralight Control Systems

Alessio Viora
Italy

One Week of Shark Diving in Fiji with Beqa Adventure Divers

Yeang Chng
USA

One week diving in Papua New Guinea with Walindi Resort + $500 Amphibico gift certificate

Adam Minu
Hong Kong
One week live aboard trip to Papua New Guinea with MV FeBrina + Ikelite flashlight
Paolo Rossi
Italy

One week live aboard trip to Indonesia with SMY Ondina + $500 Amphibico gift certificate

Simon Spear
UK

One week of shark diving in South Africa with South African Watersports + Ikelite flashlight

Rick Coleman
USA

One week live aboard trip to Eastern Indonesia with Archipelago Fleet + Ikelite flashlight

Roger Carlson
USA

One week diving in Sulawesi, Indonesia with Minahasa Lagoon Resort + Ikelite flashlight

Nancy Boucha
USA

3 nights / 12 dives at Cod Hole, GBR, Australia with Mike Ball Dive Expeditions + Ikelite flashlight

Jose Angel Fernandez Esparza
Spain

$500 Amphibico gift certificate + Ikelite flashlight

Steven Trainoff
USA

$500 Amphibico gift certificate + Ikelite flashlight

Pasquale Pascullo
USA

$500 Amphibico gift certificate + Ikelite flashlight

Walter Lackner
Austria

$100 gift certificate from Ultralight Control Systems + set of Ikelite flashlights
Bonnie Zaleski
USA

$100 gift certificate from Ultralight Control Systems + Ikelite flashlight

Kimfair Mau
Hong Kong
Set of Ikelite flashlights
Alex Tattersall
UK
Set of Ikelite flashlights
Walter Marti
USA
Set of Ikelite flashlights
Jonas Vannar
Sweden
Set of Ikelite flashlights
Competition Judges
PHOTO JUDGES
Jason Heller Jason Heller is a commercial and wildlife photographer based in New York City.  His work is regularly published in scuba, travel and mainstream editorial and advertising worldwide. Jason is also a special corespondent for Sport Diver magazine and authors and shoots the IMAGES column. He has been recognized and honored by numerous advertising and marketing publications including Advertising Age magazine. 

Jason is also the founder & CEO of DivePhotoGuide.com, a global portal for the underwater photography and video communities. The feature rich website offers daily news, articles, photo galleries, event calendars, and more. Jason launched the website after selling his digital advertising agency to the largest independent media agency in the world in 2005.

Jason's work can be seen on his website at www.jasonheller.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/