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2009 Our World Underwater Competition Winners Announced
Posted: Monday, February 23, 2009
The winners of the 4th annual Wetpixel & DivePhotoGuide international underwater photography & video competition in association with Our World Underwater have been announced! Winning images can be found here. The submissions were impressive, and we congratulate all of the participants from around the globe for such magnificent imagery.

The Best of Show in the stills competition went to Justin Gilligan of Australia. Terry Maas of the US took first in the general video category, while Simon Spear from the UK nabbed first place in the video conservation category. Indicative of the international nature of the event, winners alone represented 22 countries. A complete list of the results, winning images and videos can be found on the Our World Underwater 2009 competition page. Congratulations to all of the winners from around the world!


The winning images and videos were presented during the 39th annual film festival and on display all weekend at the Our World Underwater show in Chicago.

The competition is truly an international event. Entries were received from all corners of the globe. Winners alone represented 22 countries. The teams at DivePhotoGuide, Wetpixel and Our World Underwater want to congratulate all the competitors for the high quality level of the images submitted. It was a tough competition to judge. Congratulations to the winners!

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!