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2014/15 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.

Winners are announced to the Press at the end of February

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 2014/15
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 2014/15 World Champion is...

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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 Steven Miller United States

Colorful hatchling

Location: Indonesia

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

over-under with Gilbert

Location: France

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

The bluebottle cnidaria is an amazingly beautiful colony of creatures. I wanted to demonstrate this with careful lighting.

Location: Australia

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Over/Under (shots half topside, half U/W)
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Jim Catlin
United Kingdom
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Allen Walker
South Africa
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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)
profile Elaine White United Kingdom

Divers enjoying the spectacular natural lighting display in Kukulkan

Location: Mexico

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

Green turtle

Location: Mexico

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Natural Light (no strobe)
profile Paul Colley United Kingdom

Bohar Snapper school

Location: Egypt

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Wide Angle - Natural Light (no strobe)
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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

Dakota C-47 airplane wreck Bodrum/Turkey

Location: Turkey

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks
profile Ellen Cuylaerts Cayman islands

Cinematographer at work at the Ex-USS Kittiwake

Location: Cayman islands

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks
profile Nick Blake United Kingdom

Landrover wreck, National Dive Centre, Chepstow

Location: United Kingdom

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Wide Angle - Wrecks
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Wide Angle - Divers

Divers doing what divers do - underwater or on the surface

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Gold Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers

divers under the rolling sardine strom

Location: Philippines

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers

selfie with Gilbert

Location: France

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers
profile Ellen Cuylaerts Cayman islands

Freediver in his natural element

Location: Cayman islands

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Wide Angle - Divers
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Wide Angle - Marine Life

wide angle shots with no divers in frame

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Gold Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life
profile Nina Baxa Cayman islands

- Crossways - Tarpon hunting Silversides. This is an image I've been striving for, for over a year now....

Location: Cayman islands

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life

Crocodylus acutus_5

Location: Cuba

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life

Tornado over the reef ;-) - a cloud of small engeneer gobys

Location: Philippines

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Wide Angle - Marine Life
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Nick Blake
United Kingdom
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Chase Darnell
Cayman islands
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Wide Angle - Close Focus

shots taken with a WIDE ANGLE (or fisheye) lens having 1) a well defined close subject (usually strobe-lit) AND 2) a wide angle BACKGROUND with a second subject, usually a diver

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Gold Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Close Focus
profile Tom Radio United States

Ribbed Medusa Puget Sound, WA, U.S.A.

Location: United States

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Close Focus

Kiss Mouthes ;-) - Sweetlips frontal

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Close Focus

Friend Felix the Grouper and my buddy. Canary Islands, where oil drilling from Repsol has been approved by the Spanish government yesterday..and where fish like Felix and many other marine species might be at risk from now on...

Location: Spain

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Wide Angle - Close Focus
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Steven Miller
United States
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Steven Anderson
United States
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Gregory Sin
Singapore
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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

pregnant pygmy

Location: Indonesia

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Gold Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming
profile Raoul Caprez Switzerland

Eye decoration (old Green turtle eye - Chelonia mydas)

Location: Ecuador

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming

"A bugs' life" found this little shrimp walking across a Sabella and could not resist... I had to take a shot :D

Location: Italy

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Macro - not swimming
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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
profile Helen Brierley United Kingdom

Pelagic octopus, free swimming at night off Kona, Hawaii - full size portrait version

Location: United States

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - swimming

pipefish

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - swimming

Phycodurus eques

Location: Australia

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Macro - swimming
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Macro - Nudibranchia

Sea slugs. A subject popular with macro guys! (means naked gills) Flatworms allowed

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Gold Medal Winner
Macro - Nudibranchia
profile Valda Fraser South Africa

A Spanish Dancer treating me to its graceful dance.

Location: South Africa

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Nudibranchia

[:b:]Janolus cristatus while lays eggs.[:/b:]

Location: Italy

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Nudibranchia
profile Kiyoung Jang Korea, Republic of

Nudibrach images inside bubbles.

Location: Philippines

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Macro - Nudibranchia
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Macro - Super macro

Shots taken (at smaller than 1:1) with multiple extension rings, diopters, or teleconverters of extremely small subjects typically less than 1 inch (2.5 cm)

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Gold Medal Winner
Macro - Super macro

Pygmyface

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Super macro

clingfish

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Super macro

Circles

Location: Italy

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Macro - Super macro
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Macro - Close-Up

Shots taken of a subject between 3 inches and 1 foot (7.5 to 30cm) in size (e.g. large fish or diver head) that dominates the frame - any background is incidental and occupies LESS THAN 50% of frame

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Gold Medal Winner
Macro - Close-Up

Sabella spallanzani, particular 2

Location: Italy

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Close-Up

Snooted moray eel from Bodrum/Turkey

Location: Turkey

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Close-Up

tubeworm colours

Location: Spain

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Macro - Close-Up
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Sharks

Shots where sharks are the predominant subject. Sponsored by Stuart Cove's

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Gold Medal Winner
Sharks
profile Allen Walker South Africa

A Perfect Sunset

Location: South Africa

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Silver Medal Winner
Sharks

Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) eating lionfish

Location: Cuba

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Bronze Medal Winner
Sharks
profile Byron Dilkes South Africa

A blue shark curiously examines my camera as I free-dive below.

Location: South Africa

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Sharks
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Temperate Waters

Seas with green water well north or south of tropical zones typically cold enough for drysuits!

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Gold Medal Winner
Temperate Waters

sun dance a mountian char in lake Grübl ,Austria /Hi my name is Michael Weberberger I'm from Austria and have been photographing for 4 years with a DSLR and my hobby became a passion, I love diving with sharks but unfortunately there is no in Austria

Location: Austria

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Silver Medal Winner
Temperate Waters

Over/under in Lac lioson 1890M-Ascend

Location: Switzerland

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Bronze Medal Winner
Temperate Waters
profile Matthew Fischbach United States

OMG! Too Cute!

Location: United States

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Temperate Waters
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Tom Radio
United States
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Freshwater

shots taken bodies of water with no salt e.g. in lakes, streams, pools, rivers i.e NOT the Sea!

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Gold Medal Winner
Freshwater

Reverse side of tne river №2.

Location: Russia

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Silver Medal Winner
Freshwater
profile Raoul Caprez Switzerland

Face to faces

Location: Brazil

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Bronze Medal Winner
Freshwater
profile Elaine White United Kingdom

Light show in Kululkan, Cenotes

Location: Mexico

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Freshwater
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Ken Kiefer
United States
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Fashion

Underwater Fashion Photography, Trash the Dress, Wedding and Couple shots and any other shot with models underwater

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Gold Medal Winner
Fashion

"Ecstasy" Canon 7D with Ikelite housing, Canon lens 10-22mm, a flash Ikelite.The image was taken in the most beautiful place for mi in Bulgaria- location Korabite, Sinemorec. Was autumn and the water was pretty cold.

Location: Bulgaria

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Silver Medal Winner
Fashion

Result of a Poolshooting

Location: Germany

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Bronze Medal Winner
Fashion

presenting you the second picture of the newest campaign made with Papert Pictures for Marmorin. Head of Production: Agata Kruczek Photographer: Rafał Makieła Model: Krysia Księżyk Production manager: Agata Śliwińska Make-up artist: Jola B...

Location: Poland

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Fashion
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Christian Coulombe
French Polynesia
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Nina Baxa
Cayman islands
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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)
profile Steven Miller United States

Night diving on the Full Moon

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)
profile Jun V Lao Philippines

Ghost Protocol

Location: Maldives

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Bronze Medal Winner
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)
profile Conor Culver United States

"Squirrel Preparing For Winter" part of my Underwater Surrealism Series. Squirrel Fish shot in the Dry Tortugas

Location: United States

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Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)
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Steven Miller
United States
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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)

hermit crab

Location: Cuba

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Silver Medal Winner
Topside (above water but marine related)
profile Raoul Caprez Switzerland

BEFORE and AFTER the shot This tiny green frog swam to the boat and sticked to it. I took some pics and suddenly, the frog decided to jump on my macro lens and on my Nikon to find a little house under my internal strobe.

Location: Ecuador

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Bronze Medal Winner
Topside (above water but marine related)

Uluabat lake Golyazi/Bursa

Location: Turkey

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Topside (above water but marine related)
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Steven Miller
United States
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Richard Goluch
United States
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The UnderwaterPhotography.com photo course collection
click here to buy the book
See the best images from the last 10 years of the contest in all their glory in...
The UnderwaterPhotography.com photo course collection
120 full color pages

Previous year's winners


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