Open Class, Macro/Supermacro, 1st place, Kim Kyung Shin – DOT Photographer of the Year (Open Class)
The Philippines’ Department of Tourism, the organizers of the 8th Anilao Underwater Shootout, which took place from May 22 to 26, have announced the winners of the prestigious underwater macro photography competition. Kim Kyung Shin was crowned DOT Photographer of the Year in the Open Class, and Eric Javier was named DOT Photographer of the Year in the Compact Class. Kyung Shin shot the first place winner in the Macro/Supermacro category (Open Class), while Eric captured the winning image in the Fish Portrait category (Compact Class).
This year’s 153 participants hailed from 14 countries, and there were 426 entries across the contest’s 14 categories. There were also special prizes awarded in the Blackwater/Bonfire and Wide Angle categories, which went to Dennis Corpuz and Mark Chang, respectively. Dive guides weren’t left out either, with Louie Casapao and Roberto Corpuz named DOT Photographers of the Year Dive Guide respectively in the Compact and Open classes.
Check out the Anilao Underwater Shootout Facebook page for a behind-the-scenes look at the competition.
The country’s colorful marine life takes the spotlight in DOT’s Anilao Underwater Shootout
Amateur and professional underwater photographers beautifully captured the teeming marine biodiversity of Anilao in the entries to the 8th Anilao Underwater Shootout (AUS) mounted by the Department of Tourism (DOT) last May 22 to 26. The “World Cup of Underwater Photo Competitions” highlighted the town’s rich biological treasures, including its waters carpeted with colorful nudibranchs.
Compact Class, Fish Portrait, 1st Place, Eric Javier – DOT Photographer of the Year (Compact Class)
Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia-Frasco said the event strengthens the country’s position as the world’s leading dive destination. Through the competition, the DOT seeks to grow the country’s dive market with programs that not only promote the country’s marine biodiversity but also actively advocate for its protection and preservation. “The department is dedicated to ensuring that the Philippines maintains its standing as the world’s leading dive destination through a coordinated, focused, and fully supported approach to the further development of our dive products across the country,” Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco said.
Gathering a total of 153 participants from 14 countries—including Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States—the event also spurred tourism activity in Anilao. “The presence of international participants at the Anilao Underwater Shootout is a big boost to the promotion of dive tourism in the Philippines, and also to the rebooting of the travel and tourism industry. We are thrilled that the passion for diving and underwater photography has brought everyone to Anilao as this year’s edition welcomes international participants for the very first time since the pandemic,” the Secretary added.
8th Anilao Underwater Shootout DOT Photographer Year: Compact Class Eric Javier (center) with (from left to right) DOT 4A Regional Director Marites Castro, judges Rafael Fernandez Caballero, Aaron Wong, Brook Peterson, Scott Gutsy Tuason, Franco Banfi, DOT Usec. Verna Buensuceso, and Mabini municipal tourism officer Ian Bueno
This year’s esteemed panel of judges includes award-winning underwater photographers Aaron Wong, Brook Peterson, Franco Banfi, Rafael Fernandez Caballero, and Scott Gutsy Tuason. This year’s edition garnered a total of 426 entries across the competition’s 14 categories. Winners were awarded 1.7 million pesos worth of underwater photography gear from event partners and sponsors AOI, Divers Point Co., Fourth Element, Marelux, Migalabs, Nauticam, Nautilus Dive and Sports Center, Raptor Case, Scubalamp, Scuba Studio, Squires Sports, and XDeep.
In the Open Class, Macro/Supermacro category, winners are Kim Kyung Shin, 1st place; PJ Aristorenas, 2nd place; Yat Kuen Eric Fung, 3rd place. In the Marine Behavior category, winners are Dennis Corpuz, 1st place; Patricia Santos, 2nd place; Yat Kuen Eric Fung, 3rd place. In the Nudibranch category, winners are Dennis Corpuz, 1st place; Mark Chang, 2nd place; PJ Aristorenas, 3rd place. In the Fish Portrait category, winners are Deniz Muzaffer Gökmen, 1st place; Patricia Santos, 2nd place; Mark Chang, 3rd place.
In the Compact Class, Macro category, winners are Regie Casia, 1st place; Luzelle Artillero, 2nd place; Teresa Sy Ortin, 3rd place. In the Marine Behavior category, winners are Regie Casia, 1st place; Eric Javier, 2nd place; Neil Anthony Torres, 3rd place. In the Nudibranch category, winners are Jayson Cedrick Apostol, 1st place; Ronilo Corpuz, 2nd place, Jose Antonio Caluag, 3rd place. In the Fish Portrait category, winners are Eric Javier, 1st place; Jayson Cedrick Apostol, 2nd place; Oscar Rey Maranan, 3rd place.
8th Anilao Underwater Shootout winners with Department of Tourism representatives and judges
Special prizes were awarded to Dennis Corpuz in the Blackwater/Bonfire category and Mark Chang in the Wide Angle category. Eric Javier was awarded the DOT Photographer Year title for the Compact class while Kim Kyung Shin took the DOT Photographer of the Year for the Open class. Meanwhile, Louie Casapao and Roberto Corpuz were named DOT Photographers of the Year Dive Guide for the Compact and Open classes respectively.
The Anilao Underwater Shootout has been organized by the DOT since 2013, in line with the identification of diving as a priority tourism product in the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP).
The 8th Anilao Underwater Shootout was mounted in partnership with Mabini Tourism, DOT Region 4 A Calabarzon #DiscoverCalabarzon, Solitude Acacia Resort, Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort, and Lakan. The event is also supported by Underwater 360 and Dive Marketing Media.
Open Class, Marine Behavior, 1st place, Dennis Corpuz
Open Class, Nudibranch, 1st place, Dennis Corpuz
Open Class, Fish Portrait, 1st place, Deniz Muzaffer Gökmen
Compact Class, Macro/Supermacro, 1st place, Regie Casia
Compact Class, Marine Behavior, 1st place, Regie Casia
Compact Class, Nudibranch, 1st place, Jayson Cedrick Apostol
Special Prize, Blackwater/Bonfire, Dennis Corpuz
Special Prize, Wide Angle, Mark Chang
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