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2010/11 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 2010/11
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 2010/11 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)
profile Tony Makin South Africa

Six foot

Location: South Africa

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Silver Medal Winner
Over/Under (shots half topside, half U/W)
profile Stuart Ganz United States

Another beautiful day to be a turtle in Hawaii.

Location: United States

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

Lions mane jelly. Shot using a port extension I constructed myself for around £20. Canon G11, Canon housing, ys110 strobe under.

Location: United Kingdom

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Over/Under (shots half topside, half U/W)

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)

divers and crystal water...a dream

Location: Mexico

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

Minke Whale

Location: Australia

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

sea lion backlight

Location: Ecuador

Runner Ups
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

Evelio exploring the wreck.

Location: Bahamas

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks

Prop of the Monem Wreck in Cesme. It turns out that my model was not the only one posing for thşs shot :) Nikon D200+Sigma 15mm Fisheye with YS110 Strobe connected via TTL converter.

Location: Turkey

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks
profile Ian Palmer United Kingdom

P29 Patrol boat in 36metres Taken with an Olympus 5000z F2.8 1/125 ISO 160

Location: Malta

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

Fashion & nudity

Location: Israel

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers

Say "Cheese" Researcher takes a family portrait

Location: Dominica

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers

Swimming pool session. Reflections and colors are real - not photoshopped. Minor adjustments to levels and saturation.

Location: United States

Runner Ups
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

Hammerhead, Galapagos, up close!

Location: Ecuador

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life
profile Allen Walker South Africa

Point me in the RIGHT direction!!

Location: South Africa

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life

So big, so gentle... Cruising whale shark. Nikon D300+10.5 mm fisheye. Cropped and color adjusted.

Location: Maldives

Runner Ups
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

CFWA. Wire Coral Goby & Diver

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Close Focus

It took some time and trial to place the batfish in the background

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Close Focus
profile Lisa Hinderlider United States

This area had lots of big healthy beautiful elephant ear sponges, caught my buddy cruising over the top!

Location: Netherlands Antilles

Runner Ups
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

Harlequin shrimp

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming

A goldentail moray getting real up close and personal at Invisibles, Bonaire. Nikon D300 in Nexus housing, 2z Inon Z-240 strobes.

Location: Netherlands Antilles

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming
profile Enje Im Korea, Republic of

white & red

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

Juvenile Squid in tight frame ( I followed Jackie C's advice..thanks, Jackie ).

Location: Turkey

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - swimming

Yellow baby boxfish

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - swimming

Plectorhincus vittatus

Location: Indonesia

Macro - Nudibranchia

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

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Gold Medal Winner
Macro - Nudibranchia

I like the colours...

Location: Philippines

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Nudibranchia
profile Brian Welman South Africa

"Naked Gills" Nikon F90X with 105mm Macro Lens and +2 Diopter and wet diopter

Location: Mozambique

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Nudibranchia
profile Alan Lyall United Kingdom

Nembrotha lineolata on golden sea squirt (Polycarpa aurata)

Location: Philippines

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 Brian Mayes United Kingdom

"OK, I'm ready for my close up." .................Tiny 15mm Western Cleaner Clingfish (Cochleoceps bicolor)

Location: Australia

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Super macro

Picture taken at only 5 meters of depth. It took me a long time to take the right shot but I'm very, very happy with the result!!

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Super macro

"tentacles" Tentacles of a luminescent jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca )

Location: Spain

Runner Ups
Macro - Super macro
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Brian Mayes
United Kingdom
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Henry Jager
Switzerland
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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

Blu eyes Nikon D200, 60 micro, ywin strobo Lembeh 2010

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Close-Up
profile Jagwang Koo Korea, Republic of

Sand pipefish

Location: Philippines

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Close-Up
profile Patrick Tutt Switzerland

Seastar on night dive - Saudi Arabia - Canon S90 with hand torch light

Location: Saudi Arabia

Runner Ups
Macro - Close-Up

Sharks

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

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Gold Medal Winner
Sharks
profile Steven Anderson United States

This image was taken while we waited for the arrival of Tiger Sharks. Very exciting dive! Lucky I was to watch the action.

Location: Bahamas

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Silver Medal Winner
Sharks
profile Allen Walker South Africa

In the MIX!! Sorry about all the bubbles, just absolutely unavoidable...

Location: South Africa

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Bronze Medal Winner
Sharks
profile Charles Wright South Africa

Mako shark

Location: South Africa

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
profile Jorn Ari Denmark

Lumpsucker - Male Dancing in front of my domeport

Location: Denmark

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Bronze Medal Winner
Temperate Waters

Harbour seal. Canon ixus 980.

Location: Canada

Runner Ups
Temperate Waters
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Maria Munn
United Kingdom
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Brian Mayes
United Kingdom
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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

Posta Fibreno Lake Italy

Location: Italy

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Silver Medal Winner
Freshwater

UNDERWATER BEAUTY EDITORIAL for WIENERIN MAGAZINE - promotion for waterproof makeup see more on www.susannestemmer.com

Location: Austria

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Bronze Medal Winner
Freshwater

chac Mool cenote kukulcan Room

Location: Mexico

Runner Ups
Freshwater
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Rob De Vries
Netherlands
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Veronika Matějková
Czech Republic
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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)

Fun with Photoshop #2. Original shot from Anilao, Philippines. A year without doing much diving meant time for photoshop.

Location: Philippines

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Silver Medal Winner
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)

sky, earth, water

Location: Egypt

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Bronze Medal Winner
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)

Dangerzone !!! Fiercelooking animals. However the homo sapiens is probably the more fearsome. Animals shot in Egypt, Tenerife, Indonesia and the Maldives. The diver is my wife (not fearsome :-) ). The background is Palm Mar cave on Tenerife.

Location: Spain

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)

Feeling sleepy ? In the Galapagos all the animals are unafraid and come very close to people. This little sea lion was tired of resting on the rocks so thought nothing of using one of the sun loungers instead !!!

Location: Ecuador

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Silver Medal Winner
Topside (above water but marine related)
profile Raoul Caprez Switzerland

Ice boat ... it was quite cold last week in Switzerland.

Location: Switzerland

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Bronze Medal Winner
Topside (above water but marine related)

Eastern Fields reef from the surface

Location: Papua New Guinea

Runner Ups
Topside (above water but marine related)


Contest entries
Candy nudibranch   Cuthona sp.  There are so many colour combinations of this tiny nudibranch but this is one of my favourite
By Kate Jonker
posted 05:46 CST Today (within the last hour)
Silver Nudibranch unique to South African waters. I love the silver color against the red background
By Peet J Van Eeden
posted 05:36 CST Today (within the last hour)
Black tip close up again
By Marco Calvani
posted 05:14 CST Today (within the last hour)
Cephalopod on small jelly
By Wayne Jones
posted 04:14 CST Today (1 hour ago)

4.The incredible journey of pearl mullet fishes living in the Van lake Van Turkey 2018
By Mehmet Öztabak
posted 03:45 CST Today (2 hours ago)
A Benny taking a pose
By Andrew Macleod
posted 03:19 CST Today (2 hours ago)
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