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2009/10 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 2009/10
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 2009/10 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)

diver on agrounded wreck

Location: Croatia

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

This swimming pig came out to meet us in our tender at Big Majors near Staniel Cay in the Bahamas, the crew from the boat are standing on the beach behind.

Location: Bahamas

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

I took 20 photos using different angles so I will try not to bore everyone with these shots. This Starfish was on the beach so I placed him back in the water. I used my DC500 and 1 single strobe with a wide angle lens. Fantasy Island - Roatan - 2006.

Location: Honduras

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Over/Under (shots half topside, half U/W)
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Charles Wright
South Africa
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Dorian Borcherds
Papua New Guinea
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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)

Manta Silhouette

Location: Maldives

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

Dolphins flight

Location: Israel

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

new addition The larger one below is almost 10, the upper one is probably a month old. Olympus 5050, Inon Dome

Location: Dominica

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Wide Angle - Natural Light (no strobe)

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

Wreck of a Jill Torpedo Bomber, Chuuk Lagoon (Truk), Micronesia.

Location: Micronesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks
profile George Ordenes United States

Hilma Hooker in Bonaire with David Fleetham as the model D300 subal housing 2 ys-250 strobes 11-16 tokina @11mm

Location: Netherlands Antilles

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks
profile Juan Torres Puerto Rico

The Fearless at BVI.

Location: Virgin Islands (British)

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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

Roaring Silence Diver explores wreck of a sunken fregate.

Location: Cuba

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers
profile Andy Lerner United States

Watching over the reefs

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers
profile Raoul Caprez Switzerland

A couple of photographers met in Dahab swimming out of the canyon.

Location: Egypt

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Wide Angle - Divers

Wide Angle - Marine Life

wide angle shots with no divers in frame

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Gold Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life

Closeup image of a humpback mother and calf. Vava'u Tonga. No cropping. Nikon D300 with 10-20mm sigma lens.

Location: Tonga

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life

Bigeye Jacks (Caranx sexfasciatus) at the USAT Liberty (Bali). Nikon D300, 10,5 mm, Ikelite, 2xDS125

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life

"Queue" Canon G7 Internal flash

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

Divespot Shaab Rumi/Sudan; Precontinent II, Cousteau-house from 1963. Nikon D2Xs, Nikon Zoom AF 12 - 24 mm; 2 flashes: Seacam Seaflash 150 TTL, Seacam flash Mini 100. Model: Karin. Precontinent II is one of my absolute topspots worldwide!

Location: Sudan

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Close Focus

"Super model" Giant cuttle fish

Location: Malaysia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Close Focus

Cozumel wall dive, a gray angelfish checking my camera out

Location: Mexico

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Wide Angle - Close Focus

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
profile Tony Makin South Africa

Spider crab

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming
profile Richard Witmer United States

Crocodile Fish in Komodo. G9/Ikelite DS160s.

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming
profile Daniel Strub Switzerland

porceleine crab

Location: Philippines

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
profile David Henshaw United Kingdom

"Spiral" (Rhinomuraena quaesita) Free swimming Blue Ribbon Eel in Lembeh

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - swimming
profile Gurney Fermin Philippines

An interesting subject that cares for its eggs on their mouth just up to the time they hatch then released into open waters.

Location: Philippines

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - swimming
profile Richard Goluch United States

Anemonefish & Cmmensal shrimp-Lembeh

Location: Indonesia

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Macro - swimming

Macro - Nudibranchia

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

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Gold Medal Winner
Macro - Nudibranchia

Chromodoris coi on a slippery underground, taken at Wakatobi with Canon S70 and double CloseUp Lens

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Nudibranchia

Glossodoris cruenta. A great find in the last few minutes of our last dive in Lombok.

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Nudibranchia

Hypselodoris Bullockii with buddy on his nose.

Location: Vietnam

Runner Ups
Macro - Nudibranchia

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
profile Debi Henshaw United Kingdom

"Spotty"

Location: Philippines

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Super macro

Boxer crab mumy and child Nikon D200, 60 micro,Twin strobo Manado 2008

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Super macro

found in Lembeh - no crop, D200

Location: Indonesia

Runner Ups
Macro - Super macro

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

Giant Frogfish amongst an old iron structure in Anilao. Canon G10, Sea and Sea YS110a/YS27Dx

Location: Philippines

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Close-Up
profile André Bruchez Switzerland

Blénie nain sur un corail fil de fer

Location: Egypt

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Close-Up

Cleaner

Location: Indonesia

Runner Ups
Macro - Close-Up
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Brian Mayes
United Kingdom
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Debi Henshaw
United Kingdom
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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 Sam Cahir Australia

Fish are friends!!! This heavily pregnant female bull shark is having a final feed before heading up the river to give birth. Shot in Beqa Passage, Fiji on 18 November 09. Nikon D90 twin Z240 strobes with Nikon 10-24 lens.

Location: Fiji

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Silver Medal Winner
Sharks

BIG WHITE SHARK

Location: South Africa

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Bronze Medal Winner
Sharks

Hammerhead at Darwin's Arch, Galapagos - shot taken with 50mm 1.8f portrait lens

Location: Ecuador

Runner Ups
Sharks

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

"Volga – Don" German Cargo Ship

Location: Ukraine

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Silver Medal Winner
Temperate Waters
profile Dave Baxter Australia

Sammy the sea-lion

Location: Australia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Temperate Waters
profile Dave Hunt United States

The class clowns. Sea lions at Hornby Island, BC, Canada

Location: Canada

Runner Ups
Temperate Waters

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
profile Mick Tait Australia

Divers coming back out of Kilsby's Sinkhole near Mt Gambier South Australia. Canon 20D Tonika 10-17.

Location: Australia

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Silver Medal Winner
Freshwater
profile Sven Tramaux Switzerland

A tiny snail

Location: Switzerland

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Bronze Medal Winner
Freshwater
profile Alan Fryer United Kingdom

Areoplane at Capernwray, Nikon D80 Tokina 12-17mm

Location: United Kingdom

Runner Ups
Freshwater

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)

Hopefully the political statement is ok. Just saw a photo of a Stealth plane today and got the idea of combining the Stealth's of the ocean with the manmade ones in joined force to fight finning. Background:Maldives. Manta shots from Bali.

Location: Maldives

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Silver Medal Winner
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)
profile Patrick Reardon United States

My daughter, Jenny, makes a kaleidocopic circle by holding hands with herself.

Location: Cayman islands

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Bronze Medal Winner
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)

Sunglasses under water

Location: Czech Republic

Runner Ups
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)

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)

What a beautiful mermaid...

Location: Spain

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Silver Medal Winner
Topside (above water but marine related)

The sea gypsy village of Pan Yee as an HDR photo.

Location: Thailand

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Bronze Medal Winner
Topside (above water but marine related)
profile Tony Makin South Africa

Driftwood - Natures Valley

Location: South Africa

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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