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2018 DEEP Indonesia Photo Competition Winners Announced
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, March 2, 2018 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

“Best of Show” and Animal Behavior (Gold) – Yung-Sen Wu

DivePhotoGuide and Wetpixel are very proud to announce the winners of the 2018 DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition. In conjunction with the Our World Underwater International Photo and Video Competition, the contest constitutes what has become known as the “Super Bowl” of underwater imaging competitions, offering more than $100,000 in prizes.

This year’s DEEP Indonesia contest once again attracted thousands of entries from all over the world, with photographers vying for awesome travel prizes to dive destinations from Indonesia to Fiji, as well as awesome equipment prizes. This year’s judging panel included professional underwater photographer Daniel Botelho, DPG Editor Joanna Lentini, Wetpixel Associate Editor Abi Mullens, and DPG Editor-at-Large Joe Tepper.

Special congratulations to Yung-Sen Wu, who earned the “Best of Show” award with a jaw-dropping image of a blue-ring octopus tending its eggs, which was shot, appropriately enough, in the iconic Indonesian locale of Lembeh. Grant Thomas also deserves a special mention for bagging Gold in both the Divers and Over-Unders categories! Our congratulations to all the winners—and honorable mentions.

As with all Underwater Competition contests, 15% of proceeds will be donated directly to marine conservation efforts.


A big thank you to our amazing sponsors!




Silver – Animal Behavior by Yatwai So

Bronze – Animal Behavior by Dania Cintia Rodrigues

Honorable Mention – Animal Behavior by Scott Portelli

Gold – Animal Portraits by Pedro Carrillo

Silver – Animal Portraits by Greg Lecoeur

Bronze – Animal Portraits by Yung-Sen Wu

Honorable Mention – Animal Portraits by Yen-Yi Lee

Gold – Reefscapes by David Salvatori

Silver – Reefscapes by Matt Curnock

Bronze – Reefscapes by Alex Lindbloom

Honorable Mention – Reefscapes by Quentin Felty

Gold – Divers by Grant Thomas

Silver – Divers by Fan Ping

Bronze – Divers by Robert Marc Lehmann

Honorable Mention – Divers by Susannah H. Snowden-Smith

Gold – Compact Cameras by Francesco Pacienza

Silver – Compact Cameras by Stephen Holinski

Bronze – Compact Cameras by Stan Chen

Honorable Mention – Compact Cameras by Melody Chuang

Gold – Over-Unders by Grant Thomas

Silver – Over-Unders by Massimo Zannini

Bronze – Over-Unders by Alex Lindbloom

Honorable Mention – Over-Unders by Massimo Giorgetta



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