The 2011 Our World Underwater international underwater photography and video competition winners have been announced! The competition has become one of the biggest and most prestigious in the world and celebrates and highlights the art of underwater photography as well as the beauty of the ocean. Underwater photographers and videographers have become the unsung heroes of the most important ecosystem on earth. During a time when the oceans are in crisis, a growing global community of scuba divers and photographers have become the eyes and ears of the ocean, helping to educate and inspire the rest of the world.
Thousands of entries from underwater photographers around the world, from novice to professionals compete annually in what has become the “Superbowl” of international underwater imagery events. This year over $75,000 of world-class prizes were awarded.
Congratulations to Anatoly Beloshchin from Russia. who won Best of Show for his 1st place image from the new Commercial, Conceptual and Fashion category.
Winners were announced live on stage during the Our World Underwater film festival in Chicago (February 18 & 19, 2011), and will be published by supporting media partners worldwide. You can enjoy the winning images below. Winning videos will also be broadcast as episodes on the iTunes-featured DiveFilm Podcast Video.
As with all UnderwaterCompetition.com events, 15% of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.
The judges and staff at DivePhotoGuide.com and Wetpixel.com congratulate all the participants - the level of imagery was outstanding. The winners, who represent 19 countries, should be proud for producing the best underwater images of the year!