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2021/22 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 2021/22
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 2021/22 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)

half picture in Garden of the queen

Location: Cuba

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Silver Medal Winner
Over/Under (shots half topside, half U/W)
profile Allen Walker South Africa

"Peek a Boo, I see you!" Number one rule to wide angle photography is get closer and when you think you are close enough, get a little closer! I was not expecting a kiss on my dome port, but hey, thanks Mr. Crocodile for being patient with me!

Location: Cuba

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

Bonifacio Corsica island

Location: France

Wide Angle - Marine Life

wide angle shots with no divers in frame

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Gold Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life

a couple of sealions are playing and hunting on a school of sardines

Location: Mexico

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life

Komodo national park

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life

Komodo

Location: Indonesia

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Wide Angle - Marine Life

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

Medsea shark egg CFWA shot

Location: Italy

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Close Focus

SUNBURST

Location: Spain

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

Shrimp from the Eastern Mediterranean - Pulchricaudatus sp.

Location: Cyprus

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming

Scorpion fish face

Location: Philippines

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming
profile Michal Štros Czech Republic

Dancing in the current (two White-tufted worms Protula tubularia)

Location: Croatia

Runner Ups
Macro - not swimming

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

Juvenile banded driftfish (Psenes arafurensis) bwd

Location: Philippines

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - swimming

A little cuttlefish hovering in front of my lens.

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - swimming
profile Leslie Howell United States

This juvenile Trunkfish was about the size of a pea. It was pretty active, darting in and out of the coral head, but it finally settled down enough for me to get this shot head on. Nikon D850, Nauticam housing, INON z330 strobes.

Location: Netherlands Antilles

Macro - Nudibranchia

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

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Gold Medal Winner
Macro - Nudibranchia

Flabellina affinis

Location: Spain

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Nudibranchia

Nudi portrait

Location: Philippines

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

West Papua Raja Ampat

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Super macro

X-ray :-) Shrimp in Bangka Island North Sulawesi(I don't know exactly the species)

Location: Indonesia

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

Rhinomuraena quaesita

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Close-Up

Photo of a shrimp goby

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Close-Up

This is a photo of an octopus seeking refuge in the dead sea shells. Found in Anilao Pier, Anilao, Batangas, Philippines which is a common sighting in the area. Octopus is one of my favourite subjects.

Location: Philippines

Sharks

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

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Gold Medal Winner
Sharks

Great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran), Tiger Beach, Bahamas

Location: Bahamas

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Silver Medal Winner
Sharks
profile Allen Walker South Africa

"Splash" Blacktip shark breaking through the surface back into the water after trying to grad a sardine.

Location: South Africa

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Bronze Medal Winner
Sharks

Majestic Blue Shark

Location: Mexico

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

BRIGHTWHITE

Location: Netherlands

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
profile Kimber Greenwood United States

Self Portrait- Making my own Sunshine Woman in gold against a golden backdrop, despite the rain at the surface of the water.

Location: United States

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Silver Medal Winner
Fashion

Reflection

Location: Germany

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Bronze Medal Winner
Fashion

Venus + jupiter

Location: France



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