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2002/03 Medal Winners

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Winners medal

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.

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

Fangu river Corsica F90X 16mm

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Bronze Medal Winner
Over/Under (shots half topside, half U/W)
profile Andrew Woodburn South Africa

Living & diving the wallacea, Togian islands, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Location: Indonesia

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 Steve Baillie United Kingdom

Pod of dolphins spotted off Jackson Reef, Red Sea, taken from the surface while snorkelling.

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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

Dunraven Red Sea F90x 16mm

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks
profile Len Deeley United Kingdom

Wreck of the Giannis D can be found alongside at least 6 other wrecks on Abu Nuhas 'the reef of the seven deaths'. Northern Red Sea. Nikon F90x in Aquatica housing. 16mm lens

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks
profile Phil Lenz Switzerland

"Malaveli", Dinasha (Maldives), Sea&Sea SX1000, 14mmm

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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

name/blawa, nikonosV 12mm sea&sea lenses + strobe, location/andamanen sea @ hin daeng @ lunchtime

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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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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming
profile Len Deeley United Kingdom

Clam mantle, shot in Southern Red Sea in 2000. Nikon F90x, in Aquatica housing, twin flash.

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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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Bronze Medal Winner
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)
profile Mark Westermeier United States

Statue

Location: Cayman islands



Contest entries
WTF 
Hawksbill Turtle   Eretmochelys imbricata
Bali  Indonesia
By Stefan Follows
posted 01:59 CST Today (17 hours ago)
REEF   in the absence of real diving in times of coronavirus  Rubik s cube photographed in the swimming pool and then processed  together with my original photos from Bali  in Photoshop
By Michal Štros
posted Yesterday
Bearded fireworm fluorescing under blacklight.
By Arun Madisetti
posted Yesterday
Blenny crawling through the seagrass

Macro motion blur of a long striped blenny fish sitting on a ledge full of seagrass. Nikon D90  105mm  ISO 100  f/22  1/8s. Ikelite housing and dual DS51 strobes.
By Arnau Argemi
posted Yesterday
Butterfly
By Jérome Mirande
posted (2 days ago)
Big eye   
Portrait Squirrelfish 
Nikon D7200 
Z330  
tamron 60mm  kenko teleconverter 1.4
By Magali Marquez
posted (3 days ago)
Take me to the Contest!
Previous year's winners


Remember, if you don't enter you won't win!