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Our World Underwater Photo & Video Competition Winners Announced
By Jason Heller, February 22, 2009 @ 02:00 AM (EST)

The winners of the 4th annual Wetpixel & DivePhotoGuide international underwater photography & video competition in association with Our World Underwater have been announced! Congratulations to all of the winners from around the world! Winning images can be found on the competition website

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 and Wetpixel want to congratulate all the competitors for the high quality level of the images submitted. It was a tough competition to judge. A formal statement from the judges can be found here. 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, without whom, the competition just wouldn't be the same. 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 include underwater photography gear, focus lights, dive equipment and other valuable items. A complete list of sponsors and prizes is available on the competition website.


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.

Winning images can be found on the competition website. 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!



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Shaff Naeem
Feb 25, 2009 7:29 PM
Shaff Naeem wrote:
Congratulations to all the winners!!!! Really nice work!!!!


Shaff, Maldives
Vittorio Durante
Feb 26, 2009 11:51 AM
Vittorio Durante wrote:

Vittorio, Italy
Justin J. Gilligan
Mar 6, 2009 12:08 AM
Justin J. Gilligan wrote:
Jason asked me to post a statement about the winning image, apparently a lot of readers are asking about it. Firstly, thanks to the staff of DivePhotoGuide and Wetpixel for selecting my image as best of show in this years competition. It is a real honour, particularly since there were so many images that could have easily made best of show. Please find some details below on how the image was captured and processed. It was the perfect afternoon for split photography. The water was like a sheet of glass and the sun was low and about to set on the horizon with hazy cloud overhead. I made several images, however this one stood out due to the striking composition. The man-o-war was almost touching the dome port when the shot was made and a single strobe was used at a downward angle to light the little critter and the seafloor (1 metre below). In post processing, I used Adobe Photoshop CS2 RAW plug-in to convert the image to a .tiff file. The .tiff was then rotated by one degree to make the water surface a straight line and slightly cropped to suit. Slight adjustments were also made to colour contrast, saturation and sharpening using Adobe Photoshop CS2.
Canoë A. Segeren
Mar 6, 2009 12:28 PM
Canoë A. Segeren wrote:
Congratulations, I love the shot and hope I might be able to compete with you some time soon!
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