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2003/04 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 2003/04
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 2003/04 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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Silver Medal Winner
Over/Under (shots half topside, half U/W)
profile Andrew Woodburn South Africa

snorkelling in paindane , central mozambique under the rib in crystal water . nikon f100

Location: Mozambique

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Bronze Medal Winner
Over/Under (shots half topside, half U/W)
profile Andrew Dawson United States

Vermont Farm Pond (Nikon F4, 18mm, split diopter/filter)

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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 Andrew Woodburn South Africa

Freediving with this female whaleshark in Mozambique was a stunning experience. Sea & sea MM2 ex +16mm

Location: Mozambique

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
profile Andrew Woodburn South Africa

B24 Liberator Bomber ditched in 1944 indonesia lying @22m. All crew survived

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks

PNG-New Ireland-Kavieng-wreck>DOK YANG Nik.RS-COMPOSING > divers/sharks

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks

Getting roasted in south Jordanian waters this tank is an ideal refuge for big school of anthias. Taken in b&w ambience colours it is a special wreck also for beginners

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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
profile Andrew Woodburn South Africa

freediving with wild dolphins @ 15m in Mozambique. Natural light photo on breath hold

Location: Mozambique

Runner Ups
Wide Angle - Divers
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Steve Baillie
United Kingdom
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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

Bite me! Nikon D100, 60mm lens

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life
profile Andrew Woodburn South Africa

Nuisance the potatoe bass/grouper eyeing himself in the domeport while acompaning Fiona under schools of baitfish, Ponto do Ouro, Mozambique.

Location: Mozambique

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 Maryke Kolenousky Netherlands Antilles

Seahorse. My first try with a digital camera, Olympus camera with wide angle lens on housing

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming
profile Andrew Woodburn South Africa

Moray eel eye and mouth detail. close up and detail of patterning of honeycomb moray, south africa

Location: South Africa

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 Nonoy Tan Philippines

These wrasses were oblivious to my presence while fighting over territory.

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - swimming
profile Tim Peters Netherlands Antilles

Yellow trumpet fish, dive site=1000 steps on Bonaire, Nikon RS 50mm, slight up angle for blue background

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - swimming
profile Beverly J. Speed United States

Pink anemonefish photographed on the Sankisan Maru in Truk. An example of how lush the marine life is in, on, and around these wrecks. Equipment: housed N90s, 105mm lens, Ikelite Substrobe 200.

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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)

Alien

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Silver Medal Winner
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)

Northern Marianas-ROTA-- COMPOSING > submarine/divers - Nik.RS

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Bronze Medal Winner
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)

Found in the Read Sea :-)

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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)

Claudia and the cloud, Compass point, Bahamas...

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Bronze Medal Winner
Topside (above water but marine related)

Micronesian Sunset; Nikon F, 28mm Lens

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Contest entries
Pollack  Pollachius pollachius    Picture taken in Kenmare Bay  Ireland.
By Gary Carpenter
posted 12:44 CST Today (4 hours ago)
Dardanus Arrosor
By Antonio Venturelli
posted 11:37 CST Today (5 hours ago)
Governor

Leaf Scorpionfish   Taenianotus triacanthus

Bali  Indonesia
By Stefan Follows
posted 06:16 CST Today (10 hours ago)
Odontaspis ferox at Baja Rosario El Hierro
By Claude Lespagne
posted 02:51 CST Today (14 hours ago)
Friendly mucousfish
By Eduard Bello
posted 00:26 CST Today (16 hours ago)
Tiger shark is an awesome creature. You can easily tell the difference between them. They have different lines on their bodies. This one has the most beautiful lines. Shot by Nikon Z7.
By Qunyi Zhang
posted Saturday, August 24, 2019
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