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Announcing the Winners of the Third Think Pink Photo Competition
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, August 10, 2019 @ 06:00 AM (EST)


DPG and Dive into the Pink are excited to unveil the winners of the third Think Pink Photo Competition. Organized by Dive into the Pink and hosted by DPG, the contest asked shooters to submit their best photos featuring the color pink into two categories—Macro and Wide Angle.

This year, the response exceeded all expectations, with very nearly 600 entries raising almost $4,400 for breast cancer research and patient support. Once again, the quality of the submissions was very high and the judges didn’t have an easy time selecting the winners. In the end, though, the judging panel decided to award first place in the Wide Angle category to Richard Barnden’s charismatic sheephead wrasse, and first place in the Macro category to Pietro Cremone’s beautifully executed backlit Rhinopias. Richard wins a seven-day liveaboard trip to Indonesia with Dive Damai, while Pietro scores a seven-day package to Crystal Blue Resort, Anilao, Philippines.
 

Wide Angle: First place – Richard Barnden
 

Macro: First place – Pietro Cremone
 

Bagging the second place spots, Juan Murillo wins a Light and Motion Sola 3800 video light for his serene water lilies in the Wide Angle category, while Enrico Somogyi gets a Sea and Sea YS-D2J strobe for his garden eel at the “disco.” The third place finishers are Rosie Leaney for her cosy pair of giant cuttlefish and Volker Lonz for his delicate skeleton shrimp, in Wide Angle and Macro, respectively. They each take home a €250 gift certificate towards Saga Dive products.

The judges felt that Desmond Ho deserved an honorable mention in the Wide Angle category for his perfectly composed angelfish under a pier, while Gino Symus earned an honorable mention in the Macro category for his beautiful kelpfish portrait. Desmond receives a copy of Underwater Photography by Tobias Friedrich, and Gino gets a copy of Ocean Metaphor: Unexpected Life Lessons from the Sea by Cathryn Castle Garcia and Gui Garcia.

“I started this contest in 2017 after a late-night brainstorming session with my old friend and dive/shooting buddy Mike Bartick (Crystal Blue Resort, Anilao),” said Dive into the Pink founder and contest organizer Allison Vitsky. “I asked him, ‘What if we try a photo contest as a fundraising effort?’ He generously volunteered a big prize, and we gave it a shot. I never guessed that we’d have the support of so many talented photographers. I am truly amazed at the phenomenal images that we’ve seen each year. And this year? Shooters pulled out all the stops: The beautiful execution and creativity of the images was astounding. Importantly, your entries helped us raise over $4,400, every cent of which will go to fund cancer research and patient support.

“To every person who supported us by entering this year—thank you! Please know how very meaningful your support is to us. Major gratitude also goes out to our generous sponsors, to this year’s judges—Erin Quigley, Kerri Bingham, Hergen Spalink, and Adam Hanlon—as well as to DPG Managing Editor Ian Bongso-Seldrup. Your incredible expertise, time and effort make all of this possible.”
 

Wide Angle: Second place – Juan Murillo
 

Macro: Second place – Enrico Somogyi
 

Wide Angle: Third place – Rosie Leaney
 

Macro: Third place – Volker Lonz
 

Wide Angle: Honorable Mention – Desmond Ho
 

Macro: Honorable Mention – Gino Symus

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