UnderwaterPhotography.com
2014
World Champions

2014 UnderwaterPhotography.com Awards

Another competition has ended with an impressive 8,542 entries out of which 1,367 became hotshots that we consider the first round of judging to the annual competition. We are so proud to be having a constant flow of new talent coming in. Our goal is and always have been to promote young talent and give them a stage to show off their photos and launch a career as underwater photographers.

Thank you to all the contestants and judges, Winners will be released to the press later in March.

2014 World Champion - Marco Gargiulo

Congratulations Marco! Marco clearly dominated the competition uploading more than 684 shots to date since registering in 2012. 98 of these images became hotshots which is a clear evidence of the level of photos Marco has demonstrated. Marco was nominated by many for Champion and was chosen due to the incredible diversity of his portfolio, excelling in both macro, super macro shots and wide angle shots. Marco's portfolio also includes a huge variety of photo subjects and unique marine life. Mostly noted are his Seahorse images and Alicia mirabilis which he claims to be his favorite subject.

Marco Gargiulo

I use a Nikon D800 with Isotta Housing, 2 x INon Z240 optical wired, all lenses Nikon: 16 mm, 18/55 mm, 60 mm micro, 105 mm micro. I was born in 1968, start to dive since 1974, first scuba photo with Nikonos III during 1979. I'm the 2011 Italian FIPSAS Champion of Digital Reflex Underwater Photography.

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  Red Mediterranean Seafan
  Blenny
  SUN my favorite shot Hyppocampus series now original colors
  Graphic
  Graphic lines
  Zeus faber John Dory night dive.nikon d800 micro nikkor 60 mmm divenikon dive nikon

Final Round Entries

These are the entries that reached the final round of judging

  Mediterranean Anglerfish
  Circles
  Blenny
  Graphic
  Graphic lines
  Sabella spallanzani particular
  Madonnina del Vervece
 


Grand Master - Mathieu Foulquié

Mathieu is a long time member and uploaded over 170 images in 2014 out of which 41 were shortlisted. That's almost 25%! Mathieu was a leader in many categories: over/under, topside, close ups, macro, sharks and more.. each of his winning shots is very different from the other and all in the highest technical standards and creative composition. Notable series this year were the toad shots, crocodiles and sharks. He is also famous for his selfies with Crabs and Gilbert the Toad.
Well done Mathieu, keep them coming!

Mathieu Foulquié

Marine biologist. favorite dive sites ; from murky ponds to 100m viz of Silfra

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Final Round Entries

These are the entries that reached the final round of judging


Grand Master - Oscar Miralpeix

Oscar joined underwaterphotography.com only towards the end of 2012 and still managed to upload over 300 images since, almost an image every day. 51 of these images became hotshots and mostly dominated the macro and super macro categories. Oscar's photos usually present strong vivid colors, sharp eyes that stand out and very accurate lighting and depth of field. Thanks, Oscar, for competing and sharing your portfolio with us, we look forward to see you excel and maybe make champion in 2015.

Oscar Miralpeix

Nikon d70s with Sealux Housing. Recently (april 2013) upgraded to a Nikon d7000. Now I use both. Diver since 2004 Underwater photographer since 2007 Favourite place: Raja Ampat and Catalonia

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  softcoral crab eating
  softcoral crab
  ceratosoma sp
  whaleshark
  Mediterranean beauty
  hunter

Final Round Entries

These are the entries that reached the final round of judging

  pregnant pygmy
  basketstar shrimp
  pipefish
  tubeworm colours
  mimicry yellow clingfish
  clingfish
   



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