By Joseph Tepper
, February 18, 2013 @ 03:45 AM (EST)
Each year, the entire Midwest (and international) dive community converges in one giant exhibition hall in Chicago.
For three days, the Our World Underwater expo is also the site of some of the best underwater photographs and videos in the world. In case you missed it, the winners from the international Our World Underwater photo competition were displayed at the coveted Divephotoguide Gallery at she show.
So for those of you who couldn’t make it to the “windy city” this weekend (stress on the windy part), here’s Our World Underwater 2013 through the lens of DPG:
OWU 2013 kicks off!
A packed DPG gallery was a common site at this year's show
DPG is also privileged enough to participate in the OWU film festivals, presenting the competition still winners on Friday and the videos on Saturday. In addition to seeing some awesome work from the best in the industry, it is a great opportunity to catch up with friends, colleagues, and of course, the "fish and famous."
The entire film festival gang
DPG's Matt Weiss catches up with photog Ernie Brooks
We celebrated Stan Waterman's 90th birthday backstage--happy birthday Stan!
Of course, there are also after parties....
The show floor is a diver's dream--but here at DPG we head right to the photo booths. While there isn't a ton of new gear to report since DEMA, it was always great to check out the latest and greatest equipment.
The Backscatter booth was always packed but we snagged a peak at some gear
Stand in model Jim Decker shows off Backscatter's new Flip Filter for the HERO 3--now available!
This TG-2 Olympus tough camera is fresh off the boat and more are expected to be available soon
Eye spy a photographer
The guys from Equinox know how to have a good time
The busy Ikelite booth was the site to check out the company's latest gear
The Manta strobe was first previewed at DEMA
Is there a housing on that dome? Yes! ZEN now makes these medium domes for smaller housings as well
But its not just all about the the winning pictures and equipment--it's a chance to catch up with some of our favorite people in the industry.
And it wouldn't be a dive show without the giant inflatables...
What photographer doesn't want a whale shot? I smell competition winner!
DPG Editor Joseph Tepper's stunt double tumbles down the inflatable slide
- Joe and Matt