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Underwater Images 2009 Competition Winners Announced
By Jason Heller, July 1, 2009 @ 10:17 AM (EST)

The winners of the 2009 Underwater Images Competition have been announced. Congratulations to DPG contributor Keri Wilk for taking Best of Show with his shot of a juvenile flying fish. Well deserved! Of course we also congratulate all the winners, which include many DPG members. A complete gallery of winning images should be posted online soon on the Underwater Images Competition website.

BEST OF SHOW

  • Keri Wilk, Mississauga, Canada- Flying Fish
Keri Wilk - Underwater Photography

CONSERVATION CATEGORY

  • First: Csaba Tokolyi, Budapest, Hungary- Death of a Shark
  • Second: Jose Alvarez, Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic- Death of the Shark
  • Third: Muljadi Pinneng Sulungbudi, Bandung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia- We Live with the Nature
  • Honorable Mention: Jose Alvarez, Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic- Killing the Future

VIDEO CATEGORY

  • First: Nemeth Istvan, Szombathely, Hungary- Tempo-Formula Underwater
  • Second: F. Allan Vogel, Manasquan, NJ- Blue Crab Blues
  • Third: Barb Buchanan, Wilmington, NC- Visions of the Red Sea

VIDEO DOCUMENTARY CATEGORY

  • First: Ng Englock, Singapore, Singapore- How A Mandarinfish Chooses Her Mate
  • Second: Charlie Oldfield, Nottingham, England- Vigia
  • Third: William Goodwin, Birmingham, AL- Scales and Feathers

WIDE ANGLE NOVICE CATEGORY

  • First Place: Steffen Binke, Mooroobool Cairns, Australia- Minke Whale
  • Second Place: Lazaro Ruda, Lake Park, FL- Alligator Split Shot
  • Third Place: James T. McKnight, Leominster, MA- Manatee Mouth
  • Honorable Mention:
    • Tobias Friedrich, Wiesbaden, Germany- History
    • Matt Grace, Eninitas, CA- Tahitian Reflections
    • Rockford K. Draper, Plano, TX- Mangrove Soft Coral

WIDE ANGLE OPEN CATEGORY

  • First Place: Linda Cline, Forest Grove, OR- Sunladen
  • Second Place: Mark Thomas, Cheshire, UK- Fish Overhead
  • Third Place: Fredrik Ehrenstrom, Gunnilse, Sweden- Water Lilly Plant
  • Honorable Mention:
    • Rogerio Silva, Leira, Protugal- Dondola Island
    • Keri Wilk, Mississauga, Canada- Pup
    • Jose Alvarez, Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic- In the Face

MACRO/CLOSE-UP NOVICE CATEGORY

  • First Place: Rockford K. Draper, Plano, TX- Bon Appetite
  • Second Place: Goos van der Heide, Gronigen, Netherland- Juvenile Squid
  • Third Place: Andrew McCleod, Manilla, Philippines- Here’s Looking at You, Kid
  • Honorable Mention: Claudio Zori, Portunaggiore, Italy- Trachinus

MACRO/CLOSE-UP OPEN CATEGORY

  • First Place: Lazaro Ruda, Lake Park, FL- Seahorse Babies
  • Second Place: Marchione Giacomo, La Loggia, Italy- Together
  • Third Place: Joao Paulo Krajewski, Sao Paulo, Brazil- Pipefish
  • Honorable Mention:
    • Goos van der Heide, Gronigen, Netherland- Yellow Boxfish
    • Jim Chambers, Tucker, GA- Jawfish

MAJESTIC CATEGORY

  • First Place: Giordano Cipriani, Rome, Italy- Citizens of the Sea
  • Second: Alexander Safanov, Tokyo, Japan- Diving Cape Gannet
  • Third: Anatoly Beloschin, Moscow, Russia- Longimanus
  • Honorable Mention:
    • Jose Alvarez, Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic- Whale Shark
    • Horace Galice, Gronigen, Netherlands
    • Alexander Safanov, Tokyo, Japan- Sailfish & Baitball
    • Lazaro Ruda, Lake Park, FL- Wild Dolphins

TOGETHERNESS CATEGORY

  • First: Dany Weinberg, Eilat, Israel- Male Fight
  • Second: Bruce Yates, Medina, WA- Mating Mandarinfish with Eggs
  • Third: Amaury Cruz, Miami Beach, FL- Dolphins
  • Honorable Mention:
    • Christine Kelbe, Kwazulu Natal, S. Africa- Roomates
    • Luc Rooman, Kieldrecht, Belgium- Sepia Love
    • Uwe Schmolke, Hessen, Germany- Is There Anyone More Out There, Dad?

DIVERS & MARINE LIFE

  • First: Parvin Dabas, Mumbat, India- The Model
  • Second: Viora Alessio, Borgomanero, Italy- Beauty & Beast
  • Third: Marina Kochetova, Moscow, Russia- Acquaintance to the Giant
  • Honorable Mention:
    • Daniel Selmeczi, Szolnok, Hungary- Around
    • Jean-Louis Danan, Palaiseau, France
    • Jose Alvarez, Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic- Whale Shark

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