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99 Winners: Five Years of Monthly Contests – Part 1
By Lia Barrett and Ian Seldrup, July 30, 2014 @ 11:00 AM (EST)

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
1
2nd Kevin Lee
2
3rd Christian Skauge
3

 


 

October 2009 – Reefscapes
 

1st Rogerio Silva
4
2nd Edvin Eng
5
3rd Ron Watkin
6

 


 

December 2009 – Wrecks
 

1st Jim Garland
7
2nd Tobias Friedrich
8
3rd Dray H. Van Beeck
9

 


 

January 2010 – The Color Yellow
 

1st Debi Henshaw
10
2nd Bruno Van Saen
11
3rd David Baxter
12

 


 

March 2010 – Animal Portraits

1st Mark L. Fuller
13
2nd Peter G. Allinson
14
3rd Steve De Neef
15

 


 

April 2010 – Patterns
 

1st Esteban Toré
16
2nd Sascha Unger
17
3rd Fabien Michenet
18

 


 

June 2010 – Macro
 

1st Michael Gallagher
19
2nd David Barrio
20
3rd Goos van der Heide
21

 


 

July 2010 – Wide Angle
 

1st Fabien Michenet
22
2nd John Muhilly
23
3rd Tobias Friedrich
24

 


 

August 2010 – Mating and Spawning
 

1st Rand McMeins
25
2nd Tobias Friedrich
26
3rd David Henshaw
27

 


 

November 2010 – Black and White
 

1st Guillaume Roland
28
2nd Lia Barrett
29
3rd John Muhilly
30

 


 

February 2011 – Shoals and Schools
 

1st Stefan Beskow
31
2nd Rand McMeins
32
3rd Mark Fuller
33

 


 

April 2011 – Crustaceans
 

1st Davide Lopresti
34
2nd Tobias Friedrich
35
3rd Maria Rivarola
36

 


 

July 2011 – Behavior
 

1st Adriano Morettin
37
2nd Goos van der Heide
38
3rd Mat Yie
39

 


 

September 2011 – Fresh Water
 

1st Becky Kagan
40
2nd Thomas Heckmann
41
3rd David Salvatori
42

 


 

October 2011 – Strange and Spooktacular
 

1st Luc Rooman
43
2nd David Mocholi
44
3rd Jackie Cambell
45

 


 

November 2011 – Cold Water
 

1st Allison Vitsky
46
2nd Thomas Heckmann
47
3rd Richard Wylie
48

 

 

 

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Debi Henshaw
Aug 2, 2014 12:26 PM
Debi Henshaw wrote:
Nice work but I need to pick you up on the mating and spawning contest - the 3rd place seahorse shot was taken by my husband David Henshaw not Goos van der Heide
Ian Seldrup
Aug 3, 2014 12:28 AM
Ian Seldrup wrote:
Hi Debi. Our apologies for this error - thanks for spotting it. It's now been rectified. Best, Ian Seldrup
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