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2011/12 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 2011/12
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 2011/12 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 Henry Jager Switzerland

"After the Sunset at the Red Sea Reef"

Location: Egypt

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

Swiming.

Location: Turkey

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

Afternoon Laguna Beach....while couples were getting married in the gazebo above i snapped this image of the bottom being reflected on the surface above.....

Location: United States

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Over/Under (shots half topside, half U/W)
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Jagwang Koo
Korea, Republic of
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Stuart Ganz
United States
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Paul Colley
United Kingdom
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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)

Underwatershooting in the great Pacific, Philippines.

Location: Philippines

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Natural Light (no strobe)
profile Lucie Drlikova Czech Republic

Big Heart, Big Love

Location: Egypt

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Natural Light (no strobe)
profile Brad Ryon United States

Trumpetfish (Aulostomus maculatus) hanging around near some soft coral near the surface

Location: Honduras

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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
profile Paul Colley United Kingdom

This is the newly-sunk wreck of USS Kittiwake in the Cayman Islands. Shot with a 10-17mm lens in clear water, you can see the wreck from bow to midships.

Location: Cayman islands

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks

SS Thistlegorm

Location: Egypt

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks
profile Stew Smith United Kingdom

The remains of the Marcus - Abu Nuhas - Egypt

Location: Egypt

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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

A swarm around a diver near the liberty-wreck in tulamben/bali.

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers

Freediving competition in swimming pool / Dahab

Location: Egypt

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers
profile Ladislav Nogacek Slovakia (Slovak Republic)

feel freee in another space

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
profile Steven Anderson United States

Once in a lifetime chance! A mother Humpback Whale stops by for a visit while diving off Molokai off the coast of Maui. This was more stunning than the Hammerheads we saw. These beautiful mammals make a long journey to Hawaii to raise their calves.

Location: United States

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life

Nose touched to port :) Caretta caretta From Kaş / Turkiye. Taken with Nikon 10,5mm fisheye lens.

Location: Turkey

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life

I feel that this photos is getting closer to what I am hearing from the UnderwaterPhotography team - many thanks again!! Hard to get the whole animal in the frame when I'm this close... ISO 100, 1/200 sec, f11, Tokina 17mm

Location: Australia

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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

Levitation / Giant octopus Dofleini

Location: Russia

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Close Focus
profile Larry Polster United States

Roatan diver looking at crab, D300, Tokina 10-17 lens

Location: Honduras

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Close Focus

Heliotropism (Raja Ampat)

Location: Indonesia

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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

Goby on tunicate. Seraya, Bali

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming
profile Suzan Meldonian United States

Call of the Wild.....

Location: United States

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming
profile Sue Ferreira South Africa

Amoray Family

Location: Seychelles

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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

Trumpetfish at Lembeh, Indonesia

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - swimming

"DIRTY DANCING"

Location: Philippines

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - swimming

Weird Jelly Fish

Location: Philippines

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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
profile Mona Dienhart Luxembourg

Golden

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Nudibranchia
profile Tom Radio United States

Pair of hypselodoris bullocki mating. Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Nudibranchia

Kanga hypselodoris

Location: Indonesia

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 Ximena Olds United States

I'm out of here! This baby froggie was about 1 cm long on a mission to get somewhere. At the slope by the stern of the US Liberty wreck. Nikon D7000 105mm Ikelite strobes and housing.

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Super macro
profile Sven Tramaux Switzerland

Wipe coral goby

Location: Egypt

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Super macro
profile Mark Gray Australia

"Coral Tree Candy"

Location: Australia

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

Sand Trap

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Close-Up
profile Marylin Batt United States

cowrie in a sponge

Location: Philippines

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Close-Up
profile Melvin Lee Singapore

Close up of thorny seahorse with back-lilt snooted.

Location: Indonesia

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

Back light bull shark feeding

Location: Mexico

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Silver Medal Winner
Sharks

longimanus !

Location: Egypt

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Bronze Medal Winner
Sharks

Grey sharks

Location: Papua New Guinea

Runner Ups
Sharks
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Kyle Mcburnie
United States
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Allen Walker
South Africa
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Sam Cahir
Australia
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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 Douglas Klug United States

Sea Scape. This view of the reef at Anacapa Island includes an ochre star set against the kelp forest on a clear day. Shot with a Canon Digital Rebel and 10-22mm in Ikelite Housing with dual DS51 strobes.

Location: United States

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Silver Medal Winner
Temperate Waters

the wreck of SS Borghild , resting on nice sandy bottom on 150 feet.

Location: Norway

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Bronze Medal Winner
Temperate Waters

Kelp 'Head' Queen Charlotte Island, Canada's Pacific Northwest

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 Nick Blake United Kingdom

Wraysbury Lake's London Taxi Cab and Diver, taken with a Sigma Circular fish eye. Black & white conversion

Location: United Kingdom

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Silver Medal Winner
Freshwater

Underwater Beauty

Location: Egypt

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Bronze Medal Winner
Freshwater

Great lightning in der Verzasca River in Switzerland.

Location: Switzerland

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)

Into the sea eye...

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)

Red Spider

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)

A montage of a beautiful Spanish Dancer "dancing" in the current

Location: Australia

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)

Freestyle frog! A masked tree frog promptly exits the swimming pool when a hungry snake appears. Shot taken in the jungle in Costa Rica after a liveaboard trip to Cocos Island.

Location: Costa Rica

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Silver Medal Winner
Topside (above water but marine related)

The Human Shadows on the Sea..........

Location: Italy

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Bronze Medal Winner
Topside (above water but marine related)

Cayman at night...

Location: Brazil

Runner Ups
Topside (above water but marine related)
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Steven Anderson
United States
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Nick Blake
United Kingdom
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Ben Joubert
South Africa
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