Photographers & videographers competed in eight still-image categories and two video categories, to win nearly $50,000 in prizes from our very gracious sponsors. Prizes included diving packages to some of the top photo destinations in the world, including Socorro Islands, Wakatobi-Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Red Sea, Grand Cayman, the Solomon Islands and Vietnam. Other prizes included underwater photography gear, focus lights, dive equipment and other valuable items.
New this year was a Novice category, and we were very impressed with the entries. The competition also included a category for images focused on conservation and the marine environment, and one specifically for entries taken by compact digital cameras.
Esteemed judges included leading professional underwater photographers, cinematographers and magazine editors: David Doubilet, Dietmar Fuchs, Alex Mustard, and Cor Bosman comprised the judging panel for still categories and Steve Douglas, Ric Frazier, and Eric Hanauer for video categories.
The competition results will also be published by supporting media partners worldwide, and Divefilm.com will be podcasting the winning videos as episodes of the iTunes-featured DiveFilm Podcast Video and DiveFilm High Definition Podcast Video.
As with all Wetpixel & DivePhotoGuide competitions, 15% of proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.
Congratulations again to all of the winners from around the world!