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Masters 2021 Competition Winners Announced
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, November 26, 2021 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

Best of Show: Black and White – Gold – “Speleothems” by Martin Broen

DPG is proud to announce the winners of the Masters Underwater Imaging Competition 2021. Our esteemed panel of judges—Florian Fischer, Imran Ahmad, Jennifer Hayes, Mike Bartick and Stephen Frink—pored over hundreds of entries submitted by shooters from around the world.

Ultimately, it was Argentina-based photographer Martin Broen who took the “Best of Show” prize for his jaw-dropping capture of the pristine stalactites and stalagmites in a Mexican cenote. The image, which claimed Gold in Black and White, earns Martin the top cash prize of $1,000. Impressively, Martin also bagged Silver (Joint) in the Wide Angle Traditional category as well as an Honorable Mention in the Black and White category—that’s a trio of winners from the Yucatán Peninsula. Congratulations, Martin!

We would also like to congratulate the 1st place winners in the other categories: Julian Hsu (Macro Traditional), Sander van der Heijden (Macro Unrestricted), Enrico Somogyi (Wide Angle Traditional), Tom Shlesinger (Wide Angle Unrestricted) and Alex del Olmo (Video); each of them receives a cash prize of $250. Well done to all the winners and runners-up, and thank you to everyone who participated.

See below for the full set of winning images and videos or check out UnderwaterCompetition.com.






Black and White

Black and White – Silver – “Schooling Jacks” by Wayne Lai

Black and White – Bronze – “Big Mouth” by Giacomo Marchione

Black and White – Honorable Mention – “The Dream” by Martin Broen


Macro Traditional

Macro Traditional – Gold – “Yellow Goby Guarding Eggs” by Julian Hsu

Macro Traditional – Silver – “Hide” by Yung-Sen Wu

Macro Traditional – Bronze – “Magic Octopus” by Steven Walsh

Macro Traditional – Honorable Mention – “Soulmates” by Erika Miura


Macro Unrestricted

Macro Unrestricted – Gold – “Who Is Looking at Who?” by Sander van der Heijden

Macro Unrestricted – Silver – “Blue Danger” by Víctor Daniel Núñez Duarte

Macro Unrestricted – Bronze – “Orange Diamond Squid” by André Johnson

Macro Unrestricted – Honorable Mention – “Enope Squid” by André Johnson


Wide Angle Traditional

Wide Angle Traditional – Gold – “Colors of the Red Sea” by Enrico Somogyi

Wide Angle Traditional – Silver (Joint) – “Transfixed by the Beauty of the Cave” by Tom St. George

Wide Angle Traditional – Silver (Joint) – “Reflections” by Martin Broen

Wide Angle Traditional – Honorable Mention – “Vitality” by Yung-Sen Wu


Wide Angle Unrestricted

Wide Angle Unrestricted – Gold – “Goliath in Lilliput” by Tom Shlesinger

Wide Angle Unrestricted – Silver – “Honu Buddies” by Renee Capozzola

Wide Angle Unrestricted – Bronze – “A Fever of Mobula Rays” by Evan Friedman

Wide Angle Unrestricted – Honorable Mention – “Out from the Darkness” by Conor Culver



Video – Gold – “Out of the Black and into the Blue: Bird’s Head” by Alex del Olmo

Video – Silver – “Out of the Blue and into the Black: Ambon” by Alex del Olmo

Video – Bronze – “Ocean Seasons of Sweden” by Tobias Dahlin

Video – Honorable Mention – “Out of the Black and into the Blue: The Ring of Fire” by Alex del Olmo



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