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David Doubilet, Howard and Michele Hall, and Erin Quigley Join OWU 2019 Judging Panel
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, January 23, 2019 @ 04:00 AM (EST)

Contest co-organizers DPG and Wetpixel are excited to announce that the judging panel for this year’s Our World Underwater Photo and Video Competition will include underwater imaging legend David Doubilet, IMAX filmmaking pioneers Howard and Michele Hall, and famed image-processing expert and underwater photographer Erin Quigley. The panel is rounded out by Wetpixel Associate Editor Abi Mullens and DPG Photo Editor Lia Barrett.

The competition deadline is only days away—Saturday, January 26th at 11:59 PM PST—so if you want your work assessed by this distinguished panel of judges, enter your images and videos today!


David Doubilet is considered to be among the best by editors, peers and colleagues the world over. He has photographed over 70 stories for National Geographic Magazine, where he is a contributing photographer and author. David has documented our changing underwater world since his first assignment with Nat Geo in 1971. He has authored seven books on the sea, and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Sara Prize, the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award, and the Lennart Nilsson Award in Photography. David is a member of both the Royal Photographic Society and International Diving Hall of fame.

Howard and Michele Hall are wildlife filmmakers who specialize in marine wildlife films. Working as a team, Howard and Michele have produced and directed countless television films and their work has resulted in seven Emmy Awards. The Halls are perhaps best known for their underwater IMAX films. In 1994 Howard directed the first-ever underwater IMAX 3D feature, Into the Deep, and in 1998 he directed and Michele produced the IMAX film, Island of the Sharks. The Halls returned to the IMAX 3D format in 2005 when Michele produced and Howard directed the Warner Bros. IMAX feature, Deep Sea 3D, a film that has grossed almost $100 million at the box office. In 2009, the Halls followed Deep Sea 3D with the award-winning sequel, Under the Sea 3D. Howard and Michele have participated in many other underwater IMAX productions in various capacities and in 2002 their underwater production team was featured in the MacGillivray Freeman’s IMAX film Coral Reef Adventure.

Erin Quigley is an Adobe ACE certified expert specializing in customized workflows and editing strategies using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. She is an award-winning underwater photographer and editor, and creator of GoAskErin.com, which provides one-on-one instruction, custom video tutorials, and post-production resources specifically developed for underwater shooters. Along with one-on-one consulting, Erin writes the Imaging Techniques column for Scuba Diving magazine, leads trips, and teaches workshops worldwide. She is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame.

Abi Smigel Mullens is the associate editor of Wetpixel, a premiere online underwater photography community and website. She is also a freelance underwater photographer and writer that has been published in many popular scuba diving magazines. In addition to shooting wildlife underwater, Abi specializes in children’s underwater portraits and runs her own company, Sea Star Underwater Portraits. She is based in the San Francisco bay area and offers this service to clients and swim schools up and down the California coast.

Lia Barrett is a Korean born, North Carolina raised professional underwater photographer. After completing university at Parsons School of Design in New York in 2007, Lia has been on a continual pursuit of travel and adventure. From her deep-sea work in a homemade submarine off of Roatán, Honduras, to shooting world record holding freedivers, Lia has embraced the underwater world as her ultimate sanctuary. Lia is the Photo Editor of DivePhotoGuide, the definitive source for underwater photography. She is also the co-founder and Creative Director of Prawno Apparel, an ocean-minded apparel company that draws designs directly from Lia’s photographs. She has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, BBC, CNN, Time, Outside, Huffington Post, ESPN, Playboy, The Times, Men’s Journal, and 60 Minutes.







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