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2017/18 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 2017/18
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 2017/18 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)

Entre Terre et Mer

Location: France

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

inside a Mangrove lived american crocodile

Location: Cuba

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

Floating eggs of Silverfish (Pleuragramma antarctica) under the Antarctic sea ice

Location: Antarctica

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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)

A whale shark in Papua.

Location: Indonesia

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

Diving In the Light/ Cenote diving, Tulum, Mexico. Canon 5D MarkIII, 16-35mm, F,1/125,ISO1000.

Location: Mexico

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

To Boldly go ... ! Manta Ray - Manta alfredi Manta Point, Bali, Indonisia

Location: Indonesia

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Wide Angle - Natural Light (no strobe)
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John Parker
United Kingdom
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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 Christian Llewellyn United Kingdom

The famous staircase on the Karwela Ferry wreck in Gozo.

Location: Malta

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks

2017-This year I went back to northern Red Sea and wanted to shoot the scenery with addition of a diver and front lighting. Light beams where the front lighting comes are not strong as the shadowy areas, but I think color on the motorcycle also works

Location: Egypt

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks

Kaş/Antalya -Turkey Tank Wreck

Location: Turkey

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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
profile Jason Sintek Turks and Caicos islands

Encircled/ a diver navigates through a school of big eye jacks

Location: Mexico

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers

Snooted anemone and diver in front of early morning sun / no double exposure

Location: Spain

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers

Silversides are reflected in a diver's mask as he watches a huge swirl of the tiny fish.

Location: Cayman islands

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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
profile Tom St George United Kingdom

American Crocodile - An American crocodile shot at Banco Chinchorro. These are one of the larger species of crocodile, although they are not particularly aggressive.

Location: Mexico

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life

Mauve stinger (lat. Pelagia noctiluca. Shot taken on the north coast of the balearic island Menorca.

Location: Spain

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life

shot@LaPaz Mexico

Location: Mexico

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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

Eagle Rey

Location: Spain

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Close Focus

Safe navigation

Location: Italy

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Close Focus
profile Mark Gray Australia

Close up of Loggerhead Turtle

Location: Australia

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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

Egg Cowrie in the coral with open polyps, Canon 6d, 1/100, F10, Iso100

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming

Title:bubble shot@yakushima Japan

Location: Japan

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming
profile Lilian Koh Singapore

N E O N Thorny Seahorse (Hippocampus histrix)

Location: Indonesia

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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 Suzan Meldonian United States

This is one of the few shots in existence of this larval form of a Tripod fish. It is a creature from the deep, originally found at 15,000 feet in the Marianas Trench. Discovered while on a Black water dive over a depth of 600 feet in the Gulf Stream

Location: United States

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - swimming

A walking octopus

Location: Philippines

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - swimming

Title: "The Moment of Birth" Name of species: Apogon imberbis.

Location: Cyprus

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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

The most common nudibranch in Brazil, but very very beautiful.

Location: Brazil

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Nudibranchia
profile Wayne Jones Australia

Favorinus mirabilis

Location: Philippines

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Nudibranchia

Thecacera pennigera.

Location: Italy

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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

All eyes on me

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Super macro

A Big-eye amphipod (Hyperia galba) is living inside a Common jellyfish (Aurelia aurita)

Location: Netherlands

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Super macro

Octopus get cleaned by a bumblebee shrimp

Location: United States

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

A jaw fish with hundred new life in its mouth. I spent 4 dives to search and wait this shoot.

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Close-Up

Fish n'Fish

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Close-Up
profile Henley Spiers United Kingdom

Battle of the Tompots

Location: United Kingdom

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 Debbie Wallace United States

"Out of the pack" - I really had this image or something very similar to it in my mind during this particular dive with the sand tiger sharks, when I turned my head to see it in actuality!! Lucky me!!

Location: United States

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Silver Medal Winner
Sharks
profile Tanya Houppermans United States

'A Light Embrace' - A lemon shark glides through the late-afternoon sunlight off the coast of Grand Bahama

Location: Bahamas

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Bronze Medal Winner
Sharks

Soaking up the suns' rays. Feeding whaleshark.

Location: Indonesia

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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

Cuttlefish, Zeeland, The Netherlands.

Location: Netherlands

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Silver Medal Winner
Temperate Waters

From Degirmendere/Turkey

Location: Turkey

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Bronze Medal Winner
Temperate Waters

Looking out for jellyfish, Lake Grevelingen, Zeeland, The Netherlands. Double exposure inside the camera.

Location: Netherlands

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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

Diver on the Tree, Cenote Dive Cancun

Location: Mexico

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Silver Medal Winner
Freshwater

Grenouille dans la rivière de la Solenzara

Location: France

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Bronze Medal Winner
Freshwater
profile Steven Miller United States

The sun here is at 91% Totality during the Eclipse.. not a big difference, but fun to try.

Location: United States

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Freshwater

Fashion

Underwater Fashion Photography, Trash the Dress, Wedding and Couple shots and any other shot with models underwater

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Gold Medal Winner
Fashion

Cradle of Love

Location: Bulgaria

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Silver Medal Winner
Fashion

La peinture à l'eau

Location: France

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Bronze Medal Winner
Fashion

Wagasa - Umbrella in japanese

Location: Japan

Runner Ups
Fashion

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)
profile Conor Culver United States

"Manta Terrarium" part of my Underwater Surrealism body of work

Location: Mexico

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Silver Medal Winner
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)
profile Viktor Vrbovský Czech Republic

1-2-3

Location: Czech Republic

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Bronze Medal Winner
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)

shaun the sheep in a different light

Location: Indonesia

Runner Ups
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)
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Ipah Uid
Malaysia
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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)
profile Richard Goluch United States

Reflection of a Wood Duck drake.

Location: United States

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Silver Medal Winner
Topside (above water but marine related)

Spinner dolphins riding the bow wave of our dive boat.

Location: Micronesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Topside (above water but marine related)
profile Robert Michaelson United States

The Milky Way at the lighthouse on Bonaire

Location: Netherlands Antilles

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Topside (above water but marine related)


Contest entries
Cocodrile with snorkel  Gardens of the Queen Cuba
By Alejandro Topete
posted 13:00 CST Today (within the last hour)
Double exposure
By Ferdinando Meli
posted 05:36 CST Today (8 hours ago)
Mating pair of Common spider crab  Maja brachydactyla
By Gary Carpenter
posted 03:17 CST Today (10 hours ago)
 Eyebrows  from Pink Eye Goby. Alam Batu Housereef  Bali
By Yustus Mananggung
posted 02:55 CST Today (11 hours ago)
Toby with parasite  Kalimaya House Reef  Sumbawa
By Tobias Reitmayr
posted 00:01 CST Today (13 hours ago)
Fireworm side portrait.
Nikon D850   105 micro   SMC 2.
By Mehmet Salih Bilal
posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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