UnderwaterPhotography.com
2016
World Champions

- 2016 UnderwaterPhotography.com Awards -

Another competition has ended with an impressive 5,355 entries out of which 973 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.

+ 2016 World Champion - Tony Cherbas +

Tony has been a longtime member on UnderwaterPhotography.com. He has won numerous medals and awards over the years, demonstrating incredible talent with a wide variety of professional photos in all categories. With over 611 entries, 13,187 total votes for his photos and 18 medals won since he joined the contest, Tony is a clear choice for this year's World Champion!

Tony Cherbas

I started diving in 2008 and have been taking photographs underwater since 2010. I mainly shoot with a Canon 7d mk 2 in a Nauticam housing with two Inon Z240 strobes. My style has evolved over the years and my favorite kind of image to create lately has been CFWA with the Canon 8-15mm lens. I have traveled all over SE ASIA and continue to return. I currently live in Kauai, Hawaii.

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  Honu Generations Young Old
  Ah damn dropped my trumpet. trumpet
  Turtle Whirl Slow Shutter Spin
  Team Cleaning
  Squid reflection
  Light Sabers

Final Round Entries

These are the entries that reached the final round of judging

  Lillies under Palm Trees
  Honu Generations Young Old
  Tiny Blenny peeks its shelter check if coast clear. clear
  Team Cleaning
  Squid reflection
  Tesla Tree
  Tiny Mantis Shrimp shot 10 Subsee diopters stacked
  Blenny Personality
  Light Sabers
  Waves collide Napali Coast. Kauai Hawaii Coast
  Sun Beams. Kauai HI Beams
  Frogfish Profile
   


2016 Grand Master - Steven Miller

Steve's unique style is easy to spot among the thousands of entries in the contest. With great attention to detail, Steve is constantly evolving, trying out new techniques and experimenting with various subjects and lenses. We have had the pleasure of enjoying 374 of his entries to the contest since 2012, with wonderful imagery from all around the world. Thanks for the inspiration Steve!

Steven Miller

I've been shooting since 1976, and currently use a Canon SL-1, Eos 50D, and a Canon 5D Mark2 camera, with Ikelite housings and strobes. Wakatobi is my favorite place to dive, but I enjoy shooting in my Natural swimming pool in Ohio too. I am a contributing writer/photographer to Blue Magazine, a Guest Experience Manager for Wakatobi Dive Resort, and an Ambassador for Ikelite Underwater Systems.

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  Sunset split Blacktip Reefshark Yap Mantafest
  Spinners lucky snorkeler
  Fast shutter speeds are key these Spinner Dolphins here 1640th second Dolphins- 1/640th 640th
  Color Texture Light Shadow. Dark Water Mermaid Sea Nettle Event Lady Lake Photoshoot 2015 Organizer Amie Hana Model Kirsten Gackowski Makeup Steven Papageorge Hair Acedemy Angelo Juliano Papag... Shadow Acedemy- Papag
  Dark Water MermaidEvent Lady Lake Photoshoot 2015Organizer Amie HanaModel Greta RupeikaMakeup Steven Papageorge Hair Acedemy Ariel MoonHair Academy Jacqui Sinacore Nolan Acedemy- Academy-
  Drawing Painting Layers Masks going overboard. overboard

Final Round Entries

These are the entries that reached the final round of judging

  Bubble bath
  King Beach
  If you try line sun boat make sure hasnt come untied mooring might find yourself far where thought were
  Cloudburst desaturated
  Little Jewels
  Was Jaws where ate Helicopter layered this mainly because refraction waterline body didnt line nicely but little Gin made drone sound fun. untouched version overunder category.. fun over/under under category
  they told me this shoot would be catered.. catered?.." catered?" catered?
  Starburst silhouette flash filled silhouette-
  Lovers. Lovers
  White eyes inky black
  Confused panel
  Where your ball
  Carousel Clowns. Dragging shutter 115th second during spin blurs natural light. flash freezes action close. middle ground ghosts some motion blur. Clowns 1/15th 15th light close,. close, blur
  So Mounted my housing pole connected Camranger cut hole ice sunk thing. iPad will then control camera functions 150 away.. warm dry Live view works you just shoot when like scene fun thing away :-) :)
  Sea eye
 


2016 Grand Master - Tanya Houppermans

Tanya is the most recent rising star on UnderwaterPhotography.com. She did what we all want to do - left the corporate world and dove all-in, to become a professional underwater photographer. Since joining the contest in 2014, she has already submitted 157 amazing entries in all categories, but her Shark and Wreck shots are the ones which truly stand out and define her style. Tanya has an excellent eye for composition and a talent for capturing the true nature of her subjects with superb sharpness and detail. We can't wait to see more of her work!

Tanya Houppermans

I left the corporate world a couple years ago to concentrate full time on underwater photography and conservation. That was one of the best decision I ever made. My favorite subject is sharks, but I really enjoy photographing most anything underwater from tiny shrimp to massive shipwrecks. I hope to capture images that inspire people to care about the ocean and the creatures that live in it. I shoot with an Olympus OM-D E-M1, Nauticam housing, and Sea&Sea YS-D2 strobes.

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  Twins Two tiger sharks swim toward camera while bull shark hovers background righthand side right-hand right hand
  Lemon Friends Two sharks surface water Tiger Beach Bahamas
  Girl Power beautiful powerful female tiger shark Beach Bahamas
  Magic Hour This image Caribbean reef shark was taken just before sunset. sun low horizon sea calm water acts like prism separating white light its individual colors. sunset colors
  Light Embrace lemon shark glides through lateafternoon sunlight off coast Grand Bahama late-afternoon late afternoon
  Portrait Hammerhead Sunset great shark dusk Tiger Beach Bahamas

Final Round Entries

These are the entries that reached the final round of judging

  Ebb Flow river bait fish swirl past sand tiger shark wreck Aeolus off coast North Carolina
  Life Big City wreck U352 off coast North Carolina reminiscent bustling residents busily going about their daily routines
  Refuge U352 off coast North Carolina home thousands fish congregate around wreck
  Capturing History underwater photographer lines shot U352 off coast North Carolina
   



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