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2012/13 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 2012/13
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 2012/13 World Champion is...

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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)

Lilly Under Palms 2

Location: Guam

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

Once in a life time!

Location: South Africa

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

Raja Ampat PARADISE Nikon d70s and Nikkor 10.5

Location: Indonesia

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Over/Under (shots half topside, half U/W)
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Dale Kobetich
United States
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Nick Blake
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)
profile Ellen Cuylaerts Cayman islands

Ball of silversides...on the roll! Finally the silversides arrived at Devil's Grotto. Every year awaited by tarpons, jacks, groupers...and divers!

Location: Cayman islands

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

Near Balikasag Island.

Location: Philippines

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

The Passage in Raja Ampat. A tree growing in shallow water mangrove.

Location: Papua New Guinea

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Wide Angle - Natural Light (no strobe)
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Ken Keong
Singapore
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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 Leena Roy United Kingdom

The ladder on the Kittiwake-in natural light

Location: Cayman islands

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks
profile Elaine White United Kingdom

Stern of the Kittiwake - Grand Cayman Nikon 700, 10-17 fisheye lens, f.22, 1/125, ISO 200, Natural light

Location: Cayman islands

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks

"DIVING EXPLORER" Egypt , berenice, Abu Gusum Wreck

Location: Egypt

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Wide Angle - Divers

Divers doing what divers do - underwater or on the surface

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Gold Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers
profile Martin Ferak Slovakia (Slovak Republic)

Strong beauty in Mexican cavern

Location: Mexico

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers
profile David Valencia United States

Friendly whale shark swims circles around the boat during surface interval. All had a great time swimming with the little guy.

Location: Mexico

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

freedive at Bells

Location: Egypt

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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
profile Larissa Roorda United States

Swirls of fish under the dock

Location: Papua New Guinea

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life
profile Mawi Mugen Singapore

This shot is taken at USS Liberty Wreck, Tulamben, Bali. The resident school of jacks is amongst the favourite marine life amongst the tourist divers when diving at this dive site. Shot taken with Nikon D7000, 10.5mm, 1/5, f/11, ISO 200, YS-110a

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life

"The Wall"

Location: Mexico

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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

"SAD MOMENTS" Today I've seen a very long fishing net fixed on the bottom. Representative of so many animals in the net I show you this poor scorpion fish. On this spot is fishing absolutely forbidden. Sorry, even those images must be documented.

Location: Spain

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Close Focus
profile Nick Blake United Kingdom

Boo Windows, Misool, Indonesia

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Close Focus
profile Jeri Curley United States

Manatee at Crystal River being photographed by fans.

Location: United States

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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

Alicia mirabilis

Location: Italy

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming

A pair

Location: Israel

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming

Sea pen

Location: Italy

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Macro - not swimming
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Macro - Nudibranchia

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

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Gold Medal Winner
Macro - Nudibranchia

CHE BEL RIPARO

Location: Italy

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Nudibranchia
profile Peet Van Eeden South Africa

A gas flame nudibranch or may be two

Location: South Africa

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Nudibranchia
profile Suzan Meldonian United States

All dressed up and no place to go.

Location: Philippines

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Macro - Nudibranchia
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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

Alicia mirabilis

Location: Italy

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Super macro
profile Beth Watson United States

Arrow Crab...Bonaire, Antilles Subsee +10 diopter

Location: Netherlands Antilles

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Super macro

One more Periclemenes sp. on crinoid (part 2)

Location: Philippines

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Macro - Super macro
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Marylin Batt
United States
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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

Hungry?

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Close-Up

Double Nikon D200, 60 micro, twin strobo Lembeh strait

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Close-Up

Green Turtle Bunaken Island, Sulawesi,Indonesia, Nikon D 300 S, Micro 60, 1/200 ,f 6,3, iso 200 in Kinetics

Location: Indonesia

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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

"Great Apparition"

Location: Mexico

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Silver Medal Winner
Sharks
profile Greg Zagaglia United States

Isla Guadalupe

Location: Mexico

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Bronze Medal Winner
Sharks
profile Terry Goss United States

Ha-chachacha!... Prionace glauca, though this guy is perhaps not old enough to remember who he's impersonating....

Location: United States

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Sharks
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Nick Blake
United Kingdom
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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 Nick Blake United Kingdom

This playful Grey Seal off Lundy Island sneaked up behind me and took me by surprise. As he Clambered over the top of my head, I turned the camera to shoot at myself, capturing an image of the cheeky chap at the same time.

Location: United Kingdom

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Silver Medal Winner
Temperate Waters
profile Matthew Fischbach United States

Inside the Canadian Destroyer HMCS Yukon.

Location: United States

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Bronze Medal Winner
Temperate Waters

Sea Lion Silhouette, Just under Rye pier on Mornington peninsula, there are a couple of Australian Fur seal pups who've made their home & show their cheeky side by taking fish and squid from the fishermen! Canon S90 w INON UFL165, 1/400 F2.2 ISO80

Location: Australia

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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

Grand Cenote 374 Woman inside Grand Cenote in Tulum, Quintana Roo, receiving the last rays of sun. Inspiring image transmitting the awe that this magnificent natural wonder produce on our souls...it`s crystal clear freshwater!

Location: Mexico

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Silver Medal Winner
Freshwater

Snail and Water plants at a mexican Cenote.

Location: Mexico

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Bronze Medal Winner
Freshwater

"Core essence"

Location: Mexico

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Freshwater
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Alec Davies
South Africa
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Nick Blake
United Kingdom
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Viktor Vrbovský
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)

Take care of the reef

Location: Philippines

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Silver Medal Winner
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)

Save our seas! Edition concerning the campaign "not only diving - save our oceans" - by Andrea Oceandiver

Location: Germany

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Bronze Medal Winner
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)
profile Lucie Drlikova Czech Republic

Just lying in the bed of water

Location: Czech Republic

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Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)
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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 William Goodwin United States

The iconic salt mounds on Bonaire during wind reversal/stoppage last October.

Location: Netherlands Antilles

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Silver Medal Winner
Topside (above water but marine related)
profile Kip Nead United States

Male northern elephant seals fighting for dominance at the San Simeon rookery.

Location: United States

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Bronze Medal Winner
Topside (above water but marine related)

Gabbiani

Location: Italy

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The UnderwaterPhotography.com photo course collection
click here to buy the book
See the best images from the last 10 years of the contest in all their glory in...
The UnderwaterPhotography.com photo course collection
120 full color pages

Previous year's winners


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