Five years of competition. Hundreds of fabulous entries. More than 50 contests. And every theme under the sun: from sharks and shoals to crustaceans and cephalopods, portraits and patterns to abstracts and ambient light shots—macros and wide-angles, cold water and fresh water, eggs and eyes, and even the “strange and spook-tacular”…
After running our Monthly Contests for five years—ever since the inaugural competition way back in August 2009—we decided that it was finally time to hang up our judging wigs and clear the way for exciting new regular features to come.
As with all good things that reach their natural end, it only seems right to spend a little time looking back at those phenomenal winning entries. So, in this first part of a two-part feature, we singled out our favorite themes from the Monthly Contests running from August 2009 through November 2011. That’s 16 Monthly Contests and a total of 48 stunning winners (with each contest having a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place). In the second part of the feature, we’ll give you 51 more awesome shots—bringing the grand total to 99! We’re wondering, will there be a single image in the bunch—No. 100 you could call it—that trumps all the others?
Anyway, we’re sure you’ll agree with us—after seeing the best of the first two-and-a-half years of winners all in one place—that there are some seriously talented members of the DPG community out there. Indeed, you’ll notice that many of the individuals included here are responsible for inspiring, influencing, and molding the creative flow of underwater photography over the past few years. And it is almost a guarantee that anyone in the industry has somehow been impacted by several of these images—and the photographers who captured them—as we all grow in technique, knowledge and the subject matter we take on.
So click on the thumbnails to enjoy the first 48 winners from our favorite contests. We hope you revisit some of this work with a renewed sense of vigor for the ocean and your own shooting.
Check out Part 2 of this feature for the second batch of winners from our favorite contests!
August 2009 – Nudibranchs
|1st Esteban Toré||2nd Kevin Lee||3rd Christian Skauge|
October 2009 – Reefscapes
|1st Rogerio Silva||2nd Edvin Eng||3rd Ron Watkin|
December 2009 – Wrecks
|1st Jim Garland||2nd Tobias Friedrich||3rd Dray H. Van Beeck|
January 2010 – The Color Yellow
|1st Debi Henshaw||2nd Bruno Van Saen||3rd David Baxter|
March 2010 – Animal Portraits
|1st Mark L. Fuller||2nd Peter G. Allinson||3rd Steve De Neef|
April 2010 – Patterns
|1st Esteban Toré||2nd Sascha Unger||3rd Fabien Michenet|
June 2010 – Macro
|1st Michael Gallagher||2nd David Barrio||3rd Goos van der Heide|
July 2010 – Wide Angle
|1st Fabien Michenet||2nd John Muhilly||3rd Tobias Friedrich|
August 2010 – Mating and Spawning
|1st Rand McMeins||2nd Tobias Friedrich||3rd David Henshaw|
November 2010 – Black and White
|1st Guillaume Roland||2nd Lia Barrett||3rd John Muhilly|
February 2011 – Shoals and Schools
|1st Stefan Beskow||2nd Rand McMeins||3rd Mark Fuller|
April 2011 – Crustaceans
|1st Davide Lopresti||2nd Tobias Friedrich||3rd Maria Rivarola|
July 2011 – Behavior
|1st Adriano Morettin||2nd Goos van der Heide||3rd Mat Yie|
September 2011 – Fresh Water
|1st Becky Kagan||2nd Thomas Heckmann||3rd David Salvatori|
October 2011 – Strange and Spooktacular
|1st Luc Rooman||2nd David Mocholi||3rd Jackie Cambell|
November 2011 – Cold Water
|1st Allison Vitsky||2nd Thomas Heckmann||3rd Richard Wylie|