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DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition 2020

Best of Show by Scott
Best of Show

PHOTOGRAPHER
Scott Portelli

CATEGORY
Wide Angle Unrestricted
1st Place


The DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition is known as the “Super Bowl” of underwater imaging events. The competition celebrates and highlights both art of underwater imaging as well as the beauty of the ocean.

This year, the panel of judges—David Doubilet, Stephen Frink, Erin Quigley, Scott “Gutsy” Tuason, Keri Wilk and Tony Wu—went through hundreds of images and videos taken by novice to professional photographers and videographers from around the world.

Some $55,000 in prizes was awarded to the winners. Congratulations to Scott Portelli, who won “Best of Show” for his 1st place image from the Wide Angle Unrestricted category.

Winners were announced live on stage during the Wave Film Festival in Chicago (February 29, 2020), and will be published by supporting media partners worldwide. You can enjoy the winning images and videos below.

 

 

Video Winners
Gold Silver Bronze
Evan Sherman

Ping Fan
 
Alex Lindbloom

"The Calling" "Diving into the Underwater Galaxy" "A Snorkel Venture in Komodo"
     
Honorable Mention    
   
Matthias Granberg


 


"Coldwater Dreams"    

Winners
Macro Traditional
Gold
Red carpet by Yatwai So (Hong Kong)
Yatwai So
Hong Kong

"Red carpet"
Location: Anilao
Silver
Friends by Enrico Somogyi ()
Enrico Somogyi

"Friends"
Location: Anilao ,Philippines
Bronze
Xenia Pipefish by Yung-Sen Wu ()
Yung-Sen Wu

"Xenia Pipefish"
Location: Romblon.Philippines
Honorable Mention
Gemini by Marco Gargiulo (Italy)
Marco Gargiulo
Italy

"Gemini"
Location: Sorrento
Honorable Mention
Haunting Hawkfish by Joe Daniels ()
Joe Daniels

"Haunting Hawkfish"
Location: Alor, Indonesia.
Macro Unrestricted
Gold
eyes by Keigo Kawamura ()
Keigo Kawamura

"eyes"
Location: Izu Oceanic Park,Japan
Silver
Female Blanket Octopus by Katherine Lu (United States)
Katherine Lu
United States

"Female Blanket Octopus"
Location: Anilao, Philippines
Bronze
Garden Eel in the Sun by Enrico Somogyi ()
Enrico Somogyi

"Garden Eel in the Sun"
Location: Anilao ,Philippines
Honorable Mention
Dance by Heng Cai (China)
Heng Cai
China

"Dance"
Location: Anilao, Philippines
Honorable Mention
Light bulb by Filippo Borghi ()
Filippo Borghi

"Light bulb"
Location: indonesia
Wide Angle Traditional
Gold
strange by Yung-Sen Wu ()
Yung-Sen Wu

"strange"
Location: San Carlos.Mexico
Silver
Dragon's teeth by Petr Polách (Czech Republic)
Petr Polách
Czech Republic

"Dragon's teeth"
Location: Cave Vaca Ha - upstream, Yucatan, Mexico
Bronze
Under the pier by Jose Antonio Castellano Garrido ()
Jose Antonio Castellano Garrido

"Under the pier"
Location: Pantar Island, Indonesia
Honorable Mention
A huge mobula school by François Baelen ()
François Baelen

"A huge mobula school"
Location: Cabo San Lucas
Honorable Mention
Golden Hour by Jesse Alpert ()
Jesse Alpert

"Golden Hour"
Location: Jellyfish Lake, Palau
Wide Angle Unrestricted
Gold
Spurt by Scott Portelli (Australia)
Scott Portelli
Australia

"Spurt"
Location: Lord Howe Island
Silver
Frozen by Alex Dawson (Sweden)
Alex Dawson
Sweden

"Frozen"
Location: Tasiilac, Greenland
Bronze
Mating toads and a frog by Gino Symus ()
Gino Symus

"Mating toads and a frog"
Location: Belgium
Honorable Mention
In between two frozen worlds by Alex Dawson (Sweden)
Alex Dawson
Sweden

"In between two frozen worlds"
Location: Tasiilac, Greenland
Honorable Mention
Smile by Alex Rose ()
Alex Rose

"Smile"
Location: Jardines de la Reina, Cuba
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.

VIDEOS
General

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

Scott Portelli12-night cruise for two to Triton Bay, West Papua on the Seven Seas liveaboard
Enrico Somogyi7-night liveaboard cruise to the Red Sea with blue o two
Various lighting and lens accessories from Inon
Various lighting equipment from Ikelite
Yung-Sen Wu8-night liveaboard trips to Papua New Guinea aboard MV Oceania
Various lighting and lens accessories from Inon
Various lighting equipment from Ikelite
Yatwai So8-night liveaboard trips to Papua New Guinea aboard MV Oceania
Keigo Kawamura5-day diving packages by Sam’s Tours Palau including 7 nights at Palau Royal Resort
Petr Polách7-night, 18-dive packages at Crystal Blue Resort, Anilao, Philippines
Alex Dawson7-day packages to Norway at Gulen Dive Resort
Katherine Lu7-day packages to Norway at Gulen Dive Resort
Jose Antonio Castellano Garrido 7-night packages at Atlantis Puerto Galera or Atlantis Dumaguete, Philippines
Gino SymusVarious lighting and lens accessories from Inon
Various lighting equipment from Ikelite
Competition Judges
PHOTO JUDGES
David Doubilet

David Doubilet is considered to be among the best by editors, peers and colleagues the world over. He has photographed over 70 stories for National Geographic Magazine, where he is a contributing photographer and author. David has documented our changing underwater world since his first assignment with Nat Geo in 1971. He has authored seven books on the sea, and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Sara Prize, the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award, and the Lennart Nilsson Award in Photography. David is a member of both the Royal Photographic Society and International Diving Hall of fame.

Erin Quigley

Erin Quigley is an award-winning photographer and Adobe A.C.E. certified expert in Lightroom and Photoshop. Her company, Go Ask Erin, provides education and post-production resources specifically developed for underwater photographers. Erin is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, the Boston Sea Rovers, and the Ocean Artists Society. She teaches post-production and shooting techniques workshops worldwide.

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

Scott “Gutsy” Tuason

Scott “Gutsy” Tuason is a Manila-based diver and nature photographer who started taking underwater photographs 35 years ago. Anilao, a photo book he co-authored, won the P’alme d’Or at Antibes in 2000, putting the then-little known dive spot on the world map for macro photography. His most recent book, Blackwater and Open Blue, picked up Book of the Year at the 2017 Underwater Photographer of the Year Competition. Gutsy works with numerous dive publications, collaborates with leading conservation groups, and represents the Philippines in international expos. When he’s not out diving, he runs Squires Bingham Sports, a boutique that specializes in scuba gear, underwater imaging, liveaboard charters, and photography workshops.

Stephen Frink

Stephen Frink is among the world’s most frequently published underwater photographers, with a career spanning four decades. He worked as a photojournalist for Skin Diver magazine for 17 years, and subsequently worked as Director of Photography for Scuba Diving magazine. For the past 10 years, he has been the publisher of Alert Diver magazine. Stephen teaches Masters level courses of Stephen Frink School of Underwater Digital Imaging each summer in his home waters off Key Largo, Florida and offers dive excursions emphasizing underwater photography through his travel company, WaterHouse Tours. www.stephenfrinkphoto.com

Tony Wu

Tony Wu is an award-winning underwater photographer who researches and documents rarely seen marine animals and environments. In recent years, he has devoted the bulk of his time to the challenging pursuits of photographing large cetaceans and documenting spawning aggregations. Tony has received a number of prestigious awards, including the grand prize in Japan’s largest underwater photography contest, Best Book of the Year at the Festival of Marine Images in Antibes, and first place in the “Behaviour: Mammals” category of the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. www.tonywu.art