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2018/19 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 2018/19
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 2018/19 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 Greg Fleurentin French Polynesia

Sharks and rays cruising in the lagoon of Moorea

Location: French Polynesia

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

Turtle at night. Double exposure in the camera, without Photoshop

Location: Italy

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

American crocodile

Location: Cuba

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 Henley Spiers United Kingdom

Southern Stingray

Location: Cayman islands

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Natural Light (no strobe)
profile Henley Spiers United Kingdom

Hawksbill Turtle in a shallow lagoon

Location: Maldives

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Natural Light (no strobe)
profile Allen Walker South Africa

The Cape Gannet" - A B&W rendition of one of my favourite sardine run images taken off shore of the wild coast, Transkei, Port St. Johns, South Africa. The Cape Gannet is truly an amazing bird and has adapted to its ocean life like no other.

Location: South Africa

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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

Pinar 1 wreck and diver( horizontal ) - Bodrum / Turkey

Location: Turkey

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks

The steam boilers of the wreck HMS Viknor from WW1. she is laying on 86m depht.

Location: Ireland

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Wrecks

It is from the german lake kreidesee

Location: Germany

Wide Angle - Divers

Divers doing what divers do - underwater or on the surface

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Gold Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers
profile Leena Roy United Kingdom

Swimming through silversides

Location: Cayman islands

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers
profile Wayne Jones Australia

Man From Mars

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Divers

Shark dancer

Location: Cuba

Wide Angle - Marine Life

wide angle shots with no divers in frame

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Gold Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life

The natural mirror, Jardins de la Reina

Location: Cuba

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life

Travel Safely Mantas

Location: Mexico

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Marine Life
profile Steven Miller United States

Wakatobi Cuttlefish

Location: Indonesia

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

Under the clouds

Location: Italy

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Silver Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Close Focus

Juvenile California Sea Lion coming in for a chew on the camera

Location: Mexico

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Bronze Medal Winner
Wide Angle - Close Focus

Turtle portrait

Location: Spain

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

seahorse mating

Location: Japan

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming
profile John Roach United States

Opistognathus aurifrons Yellowhead Jawfish

Location: Netherlands Antilles

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - not swimming

Porcelain Crab

Location: Indonesia

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 Wayne Jones Australia

Jack & Jelly

Location: Philippines

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - swimming
profile Lilian Koh Singapore

B L A Z I N G Squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana)

Location: Philippines

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - swimming

ribbon eel close up

Location: Indonesia

Runner Ups
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

Emperor shrimp on the chromodoris.

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Nudibranchia

Cyerce nigra

Location: Philippines

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Nudibranchia

Flabellina laying egg's in the Fjords of Norway.

Location: Norway

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

Emperor Shrimp

Location: Indonesia

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Silver Medal Winner
Macro - Super macro

Happy Halloween Shrimp

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Super macro
profile Marylin Batt United States

Dragon shrimp, Anilao, Philippines

Location: Philippines

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

Roar

Location: Japan

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Bronze Medal Winner
Macro - Close-Up

A baby eel

Location: Philippines

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

Great White approaches thru the late afternoon sun at Guadalupe off Mexico

Location: Mexico

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Silver Medal Winner
Sharks
profile Debbie Wallace United States

This is a well-known female great Atlantic hammerhead shark in Tiger Beach and is nicknamed "Patches" (aka Scylla.) I happened to catch her swimming directly overhead in a glorious sun ball.

Location: Bahamas

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Bronze Medal Winner
Sharks

Reef Shark in Blue, Gardens of the Queen Cuba

Location: Cuba

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

Platichthys flesus, Zeeland, The Netherlands

Location: Netherlands

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Silver Medal Winner
Temperate Waters

Compass jellyfish(Chrysaora hysoscella), Zeeland, The Netherlands.

Location: Netherlands

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Bronze Medal Winner
Temperate Waters
profile Nick Blake United Kingdom

Jelly mono Nikon D810, Sigma fisheye. Lundy Island, UK

Location: United Kingdom

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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

under the bridge near Traunfall- waterfalls

Location: Austria

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

Freediver basking in the sun rays beaming through the surface of one of the many cenotes in the Riviera Maya, Mexico

Location: Mexico

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Silver Medal Winner
Fashion

Goddesses in the Temple

Location: Indonesia

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Bronze Medal Winner
Fashion

"Circle to another world", photographed at TODI, Belgium. Model Mermaid Celine.

Location: Belgium

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)

An angel is watching over us. Model: mermaid Nyxe, TODI, Belgium.

Location: Belgium

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Silver Medal Winner
Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)
profile Conor Culver United States

"Leafy in the Fall" part of my Underwater Surrealism body of work. Image is playing off the amazing camouflage these animals have

Location: Australia

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)

"Sunset Sunset" - Surfaced to this stunning sunset at Sunset House! Hefting my macro kit with diopters half out of the water to get this shot was...interesting. I can almost feel my arms again. ;)

Location: Cayman islands

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Silver Medal Winner
Topside (above water but marine related)

Missing Words Grey Seal (pup) - Halichoerus grypus Horsey, Norfolk, England

Location: United Kingdom



Contest entries
Yellow Warty frogfish  Clown frogfish    Antennarius maculatus
By Hansruedi Wuersten
posted 05:01 CST Today (within the last hour)
jelly fish
By Masa Biru
posted 04:21 CST Today (1 hour ago)
Dancing in the sea
By Jérome Mirande
posted 03:52 CST Today (2 hours ago)
Home Sweet home
By George Touliatos
posted 02:03 CST Today (3 hours ago)
Mamy
By Salvatore Ianniello
posted Sunday, November 17, 2019
Yellow Lipped Sea Krait/Photographed with a Canon 60 mm macro lens at Alor  Indonesia
By Laurie Slawson
posted Sunday, November 17, 2019
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Previous year's winners


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