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Announcing the Winners of the Second Think Pink Photo Competition
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, August 1, 2018 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

DPG and Dive into the Pink are thrilled to announce the winners of the second Think Pink Photo Competition. Organized by Dive into the Pink and hosted by DPG, the contest invited shooters to submit their best images featuring the color pink in two categories—Macro and Wide Angle.

We had a fantastic response again this year, with almost 400 entries raising well over $3000 for breast cancer research and patient support. The quality of the entries was exceptionally high and the judging panel had a very tough time picking the winners. Eventually, however, the judges decided to award first place in the Macro category to Henley Spiers’s spectacular blenny in a sponge, and first place in the Wide Angle category to Eduardo Arribada’s superb diver among schooling fish. Henley wins a six-day package to Crystal Blue Resort, Anilao, Philippines, and Eduardo bags a six-day Visayas Safari aboard MV Discovery Palawan, Philippines.

Macro: First place – Henley Spiers

Wide Angle: First place – Eduardo Arribada

Scoring the second place spots, Fabien Michenet wins an AOI 12.5x diopter with flip thread adapter for a beautiful shrimp on a jellyfish in the Macro category, while Víctor Núñez gets a Kraken Sports Hydra 3500 lumen light for a perfectly posed half-and-half mermaid in the Wide Angle category. The third place finishers are Massimo Giorgetta for his crisp candy crab and Ron Watkins for his moody scorpionfish on a sponge, in Macro and Wide Angle, respectively. They each take home a $250 gift certificate towards Saga Dive products.

The judges also felt that Elly Wray earned an honorable mention in the Macro category for her schooling squid, while David Antoja Mas deserved an honorable mention in the Wide Angle category for his cave-dwelling fish. Elly receives a copy of Blackwater and Open Blue by Scott “Gutsy” Tuason, and David lands a copy of Secrets of the Seas by Alex Mustard and Callum Roberts.

“When I started this contest last year, it was a lark,” said Dive into the Pink founder and contest organizer Allison Vitsky. “My old friend, longtime California diver Mike Bartick offered up a big prize and some support, and we threw it out there. Never, not once, did I imagine that our idea would gather the support and the truly beautiful images we’ve seen.

“To all the entrants, thank you so much for your support. I am so grateful to all of you for your help in fighting this horrible disease—you have helped us raise well over $3,000, and this is far from trivial. The images we received this year were phenomenal, and from the exchanges I saw, the judging process was extremely difficult. Finally, I’m incredibly grateful to our amazingly generous sponsors, and my never-ending gratitude is expressed to the judges—Mike Bartick, Tanya Burnett, and Alex Mustard—and to the staff at DPG, who have donated quite a bit of time and very significant effort towards our cause. Thank you!”

Macro: Second place – Fabien Michenet

Wide Angle: Second place – Víctor Núñez

Macro: Third place – Massimo Giorgetta

Wide Angle: Third place – Ron Watkins

Macro: Honorable Mention – Elly Wray

Wide Angle: Honorable Mention – David Antoja Mas



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