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2005/06 Medal Winners

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Winning here (or even just being placed) is Underwater Photography's most coveted accolade because it says you succeeded in the most competitive environment there is, against the top talent of the moment.

Every year a panel of judges select the best images entered in our online photo contest from the previous year. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded for the top three from each category in order of merit.

The judges comprise of industry professionals, previous year's World Champions, our site moderators - anyone we can rope in! They are unpaid, non-affiliated, and (of course) cannot vote for themselves.

You may not agree with the judges. You may think you have 'better shots' at home - prove it! Enter this year's contest.

World Champion 2005/06
The judges award the photographer who submits the most consistent and complete portfolio over the year World Champion. Other photographers of distinction are awarded Grand Master.

winnerThe overall 2005/06 World Champion is...

Over/Under (shots half topside, half U/W)

shots that cross the surface boundary (so under/overs like Snells Window too)

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Gold Medal Winner
Over/Under (shots half topside, half U/W)
profile Luiz Rocha United States

A calm day at Carrie Bow Key, Belize Barrier Reef.

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Silver Medal Winner
Over/Under (shots half topside, half U/W)

the monster of Gaber el Bint

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Bronze Medal Winner
Over/Under (shots half topside, half U/W)

The splash. Nikon D100, 16mmm, no strobo .Lankayan 2005

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Over/Under (shots half topside, half U/W)
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Penny Murphy
Australia
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Wide Angle - Natural Light (no strobe)

shots taken using ambient light i.e. unlit by flash or continuous lighting like HID but filters on the lens are allowed if declared

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Gold Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Natural Light (no strobe)

Spearfishing in Crete, Greece

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Natural Light (no strobe)
profile Jeannette Howard United States

Take 20 This is an experience of a lifetime. Shot in Tonga (wide angle w/ ambient light) Mom is so exhausted from birth and feedings she literally takes 20 minute shut eye naps with her baby! Nice eye lashes!! WOW!

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Natural Light (no strobe)
profile James Dally United Kingdom

Anchor Bay Cave, Malta

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Wide Angle - Natural Light (no strobe)

Wide Angle - Wrecks

anything man-made that is sunk including cars, tanks, planes etc. - oh and ships!

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Gold Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks
profile Rand Mcmeins United States

Zero Altitude. Japenese Zero found about 5 years ago in Kimbe Bay, New Britain, PNG.

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks

Affaire is a 112 years old wreck, still nicely preserved in the Baltic Sea. The depth was 42 meters, so I used a 1600 ISO B/W film to capture the dim light. There is only a slight touch of strobe light on the diver. Everything else is ambient light.

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks

Giannis D.

Location: Egypt

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Wide Angle - Wrecks

Wide Angle - Divers

Divers doing what divers do - underwater or on the surface

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Gold Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers

diver photographing a school of barrcuda at malpelo island, colombia

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers
profile Mark Thomas United Kingdom

Dirk and perch. Capernwray, Lancashire. F90X,20mm.

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers
profile Alison Forbis United States

Halocline in Vaca Ha

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Wide Angle - Divers

Wide Angle - Marine Life

wide angle shots with no divers in frame

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Gold Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life
profile Len Deeley United Kingdom

Oceanic White tip with Pilot Fish. Taken at Daedelus Reef, Egyptian Red Sea in November 2004. Image taken while snorkelling as the shark circled the diveboat.

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life

Alligator in Santa Fe River/Ginnie Springs. Photo taken while free diving.

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life
profile Anna Kinnersly Virgin Islands (British)

Nothing quite like a great white coming straight towards you and then he moves at the last minute. The look in his eye. Isla Guadaloupe September 2005

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Wide Angle - Marine Life

Macro - not swimming

Smaller subjects typically 1 to 3 inches (2.5 to 7.5cm) shot on macro settings or with macro equipment that are NOT MOVING usually on the bottom (i.e. between 1:1 and 1:3)

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Gold Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming
profile John M Akar United Kingdom

Nudi. Cannon 10d Lembeh. on the beatiful wreck

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming

Pygmy seahorse. Kapalai,sabah,borneo.

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming

Wolk eel from British Columbia Canada. The males such as this one always seem to look like one of the old guys from the muppets.

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Macro - not swimming
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Gregory Grant
South Africa
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Andrew Dawson
United States
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Macro - swimming

Smaller subjects typically 1 to 3 inches (2.5 to 7.5cm) shot on macro settings or with macro equipment that are in MID WATER not touching anything (i.e. between 1:1 and 1:3)

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Gold Medal Winner
Macro - swimming

Bats at night The picture was taken in Papua New Guinea during a night dive.

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - swimming
profile Michael Shope United States

Jelly Fish in Panama City Florida taken with a Canon 20D 100mm lens and dual strobes.

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - swimming

GPF shot in Manado/Betlehem with UCL macro lens.

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Karl Dietz
United States
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Luiz Rocha
United States
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Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)

Shots that have been digitally edited outside of the camera for creative reasons (not brightness/contrast etc.) in a program like PhotoShop

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Gold Medal Winner
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)

Does the light not always shine on Beauty? The mermaid off sunset house GC.

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Silver Medal Winner
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)
profile Libor Spacek Czech Republic

My best uw art fashion image. Model Sabina.

Location: Czech Republic

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Bronze Medal Winner
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)
profile Scott Sutton United Kingdom

Blush

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Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)

Topside (above water but marine related)

shots above the surface. Can be on land but with relevance to the marine environment

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Gold Medal Winner
Topside (above water but marine related)
profile Glenn Poulain United States

So what do you do when you can’t go diving? Take photo’s of the big surf.

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Silver Medal Winner
Topside (above water but marine related)
profile Jan Messersmith Papua New Guinea

The old shiny sunglasses trick. A dive buddy on the deck of Faded Glory. Madang, Papua New Guinea.

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Bronze Medal Winner
Topside (above water but marine related)

Roatan, Bay Islands.

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Topside (above water but marine related)
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Grant Kennedy
United Kingdom
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Contest entries
sailfish
By Vladimir Chubenko
posted 20:39 CST Today (3 hours ago)
pygmy seahorse
By Mani Craciunescu
posted 15:47 CST Today (8 hours ago)
Crocodilefish Close up   taken with Olympus OMD 5 MII 60mm with flipsnoot
By Tim Steenssens
posted 12:41 CST Today (11 hours ago)
Serranus cabrilla
By Cumhur Gedikoglu
posted 11:25 CST Today (12 hours ago)
pipe
By Marc Van Den Broeck
posted 11:12 CST Today (12 hours ago)
Green Coral/Photographed with a Canon 60 mm macro lens at Alor  Indonesia
By Laurie Slawson
posted 11:07 CST Today (12 hours ago)
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