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Masters 2022 Competition Winners Announced
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, January 23, 2023 @ 08:00 AM (EST)

DPG is proud to announce the winners of the Masters Underwater Imaging Competition 2022. Our esteemed panel of judges—Erin Quigley, Kurt Amsler, Marty Snyderman, Renee Capozzola, Tom St George, and William Tan—pored over hundreds of entries submitted by shooters from around the world.

Incredibly, for the second year in a row, it was Martin Broen who took the “Best of Show” prize for a spectacular capture of a Mexican cenote. The image, which won Gold in the Black & White category, once again earns Martin the top cash prize of $1,000. Martin also bagged an Honorable Mention in the Traditional category for another otherworldly shot from the Yucatán Peninsula. Congratulations, Martin!

We would also like to congratulate the 1st place winners in the other categories: Renata Romeo (Traditional), Nicolas Remy (Macro), Raffaele Livornese (Wide Angle), JillAnne Ward McCarty (Over-Under), and Alex del Olmo (Short Film). Well done to all the winners and runners-up, and thank you to everyone who participated. We would especially like to thank our talented judges for all their hard work and our amazing sponsors for their incredible generosity.

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





Black and White

Best of Show: Black and White – Gold – “Big Cave Chamber” by Martin Broen (USA)

Black and White – Silver – “The Next Generation” by Sage Ono (USA)

Black and White – Bronze – “Chandelier at Night” by Wen Chou Wu (Taiwan)

Black and White – Honorable Mention – “Circle of Light” by Gianni Pecchiar (Italy)

Black and White – Honorable Mention – “Cenote Xulu” by Herbert Meyrl (Germany)



Macro – Gold – “Dragon in a Dream” by Nicolas Remy (Australia)

Macro – Silver – “Little Beauty” by Enrico Somogyi (Germany)

Macro – Bronze – “New Life” by Alessandro Giannaccini (Italy)

Macro – Honorable Mention – “Yellow Gobies with Green Mini Goby in the Shell” by Adriano Morettin (Italy)

Macro – Honorable Mention – “The Design of Nature” by Suzan Meldonian (USA)



Over-Under – Gold – “Stingray at Dawn” by JillAnne Ward McCarty (USA)

Over-Under – Silver – “Sharks and Birds” by Borut Furlan (Slovenia)

Over-Under – Bronze – “Compass Jellyfish at Sunrise” by Martin Stevens (UK)

Over-Under – Honorable Mention – “Toads” by Claudio Zori (Italy)

Over-Under – Honorable Mention – “Sunset Over the Reef” by Nathalie Rodrigues (France)



Traditional – Gold – “Lion Rays” by Renata Romeo (Italy)

Traditional – Silver – “Leafy Seadragon in the Sun” by Nicolas Remy (Australia)

Traditional – Bronze – “Salmon 1” by Yung-Sen Wu (Taiwan)

Traditional – Honorable Mention – “Mobula Dance” by Vanessa Mignon (France)

Traditional – Honorable Mention – “Tannic Glow” by Martin Broen (USA)


Wide Angle

Wide Angle – Gold – “Godiva in the Sunshine” by Raffaele Livornese (Italy)

Wide Angle – Silver – “Face to Face in the Dark” by Taner Atilgan (Turkey)

Wide Angle – Bronze – “Face to Face” by Mirko Zanni (Switzerland)

Wide Angle – Honorable Mention – “Car Wash Cavern with Tannic Water” by Fan Ping (China)

Wide Angle – Honorable Mention – “Frog Spawn” by Takasu Naohiro (Japan)


Short Film

Video – Gold – “Out of the Black and into the Blue: Banda Sea” by Alex del Olmo (Spain)

Video – Silver – “Coldwater Diversity” by Mattias Granberg (Sweden)

Video – Bronze – “Out of the Black and into the Blue: Triton Bay” by Alex del Olmo (Spain)

Video – Honorable Mention – “What Have We Done?” by Tobias Dahlin (Sweden)

Video – Honorable Mention – “Sharkydelity” by Alfred Schaschl (Austria)




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