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Underwater Australasia Photo Competition 2008-09 Winners
By Matt J. Weiss, September 3, 2009 @ 12:10 PM (EST)

Underwater Australasia is very excited to announce the BIG WINNERS of our 5th annual Photo Competition. In a tough year of competition we have seen some amazing entries from all over the world. 1000s of photographs were entered, many of them are in the underwater gallery now ... but only 12 in each category could make it to the finals. And only 3 of those 12 could win.

Please thank our esteemed judges Mathieu Meur, co-author of a number of very popular underwater photography books, Richard Vevers form the Underwater Australia Gallery, as well as the Underwater Team score. The judges decisions we pretty clear this year - the OPEN winner got the top score from ALL judges - this has never happened before.

Open Category

1st PRIZE-David Henshaw

David Henshaw with what must be the best Blue Ribbon Eel shot I have ever seen taken in Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

2nd PRIZE- Goos van der Heide

Goos van der Heide with an amazingly coloured Juvenile Squid from Komodo, Indonesia

3rd PRIZE-Matt Curnock

Matt Curnock with a magic Dwarf Minke shot from the Ribbon Reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Novice Category

1st PRIZE-Andrew McLeod

Andrew McLeod with his small crab hitching a ride with jellyfish. Bicol, Philippines.

2nd PRIZE -Isabelle Dechamps

Isabelle Dechamps with Scary Blenny - Racha Yai, Phuket, Thailand

3rd PRIZE - Jun Tagama

Jun Tagama with Gotcha Translucent at Marinduque, Philippines.

Again: Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the sponsors - an awesome result !

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