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2004/05 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 2004/05
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 2004/05 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)

Sous glace / Lac Lioson - Suisse

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Bronze Medal Winner
Over/Under (shots half topside, half U/W)
profile Katherine Edwards United Kingdom

Sipadan Island, Malaysia with 16mm fisheye

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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)

Mr Big . Photo taken in Darwin, Galapagos Islands.

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

Take your camera in the water every time you get wet, this photo was taken in 3 1/2/ feet of water on a sunny day.

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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
profile Alena Vorackova Czech Republic

End of dive all alone in water. Elba 9/2004

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks
profile Pablo Pianta Switzerland

Abu Galawa, Red Sea. Photo taken with a Nikon F90X in an Underwave Igloo housing

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Runner Ups
Wide Angle - Wrecks

Wide Angle - Divers

Divers doing what divers do - underwater or on the surface

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Gold Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers

Ustica - Grotta Verde

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers
profile Beverly Speed United States

Reflections of Kim, a graceful model among the jellyfish at Jellyfish Lake, Palau. NikV, w/15mm lens & Substrobe 200.

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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

I had just a fraction of a second to pull my hands, holding the camera, back into the cage before this cutie was almost in my face. This is one of those moments in which I miss a motor winder in my Nikonos V. Dyer island, Gansbaai, South Africa.

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life
profile Christopher Ward United States

Anacapa Island, CA. Harbor seals lined the kelp for each of the four December dives, and this one kept a wary eye on us from behind. I like how portrait-like his expression is, even a bit sad...it adds to the distance of the 3/4 shot.

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Runner Ups
Wide Angle - Marine Life

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 Erin Quigley United States

Whether this scorpionfish is yawning or yelling, I'm not sure, but the shot was taken in Southern California's Channel Islands, at Ship Rock near Catalina Island. I was using a D100 in and Aquatica housing and 2 Ikelite 200's.

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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 Ron Lagerlof United States

Tufi Mandarin. D100 in a Titan housing, 105mm lens. Shot on the house reef at Tufi in PNG.

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - swimming
profile Andrew Dawson United States

Southern Stingray, Bahamas (Nikon F4, 105mm Macro, Fuji Velvia)

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - swimming
profile David Stephens United Kingdom

John Dory, Cornwall, D100 & 60mm lens

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Macro - swimming

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)

solomon islands - COMPOSING > silvertips/bird/surfies - nikon RS

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Bronze Medal Winner
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)
profile Michael Odonnell United States

My idea of a fantasy underwater shot one of my fav subjects

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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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Silver Medal Winner
Topside (above water but marine related)
profile Grant Kennedy United Kingdom

Young Grey Seal. Found this little guy at a seal sanctuary. Posed perfectly for the camera!!! Nikon D70

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Bronze Medal Winner
Topside (above water but marine related)

Coral Bay, Ningaloo Reef

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Runner Ups
Topside (above water but marine related)


Contest entries
Shot by Nikon Z7   14 30mm  with Nauticam housing. Location is Fuvahmulah island Maldives. Tiger shark close.
By Qunyi Zhang
posted Friday, August 23, 2019
Whale Shark Feeding  Isla Contoy M xico
By Alejandro Topete
posted Friday, August 23, 2019
A black tip reef shark  in the crystal clear waters in Ant atoll  Pohnpei   Micronesia.
By Shamma Amro
posted Friday, August 23, 2019
Coral Reef  Snorkeler  Fish  Bora Bora
By Pauline Walsh Jacobson
posted Friday, August 23, 2019
Periclimenes imperator
Nikon D500  Nikkor 60mm  Nauticam housing  Saga  20 diopter  YS D1 strobe with LSD 
F18  1/30  ISO200
By Julian Hsu
posted (2 days ago)
Octopussy
By Patrick Verbustel
posted (2 days ago)
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Previous year's winners


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