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DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition 2021

Best of Show by Martin
Best of Show

PHOTOGRAPHER
Martin Broen

CATEGORY
Black and White
1st Place


The DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition has become the “World Championship” of international underwater imagery events. The competition celebrates the splendor of the oceans, the skill of the entrants, and the intricate and challenging art of underwater imaging.

Our esteemed panel of judges—Florian Fischer, Imran Ahmad, Jennifer Hayes, Mike Bartick and Stephen Frink—pored over hundreds of entries submitted by shooters from around the world.

Congratulations to Martin Broen, who won “Best of Show” for his 1st place image from the Black and White category, taking home the $1,000 cash prize. We would also like to congratulate the 1st place winners in the other categories: Julian Hsu (Macro Traditional), Sander van der Heijden (Macro Unrestricted), Enrico Somogyi (Wide Angle Traditional), Tom Shlesinger (Wide Angle Unrestricted) and Alex del Olmo (Video); each of them receives a cash prize of $250.

The winners will be published by supporting media partners worldwide. You can enjoy the winning images and videos below.

As with all Underwater Competition Series events, 15% of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.

Winners
Macro Traditional
Gold
Yellow goby guarding eggs by Julian Hsu (Taiwan)
Julian Hsu
Taiwan

"Yellow goby guarding eggs"
Location: Anilao, Philippines
Silver
hide by Yung-Sen Wu ()
Yung-Sen Wu

"hide"
Location: Orchid Island, Taiwan
Bronze
Magic Octopus by Steven Walsh ()
Steven Walsh

"Magic Octopus"
Location: Blairgowrie, Victoria. Australia
Honorable Mention
Soulmates by Erika Miura ()
Erika Miura

"Soulmates"
Location: Okinawa, Japan
Macro Unrestricted
Gold
Who is looking at who? by Sander van der Heijden (Netherlands)
Sander van der Heijden
Netherlands

"Who is looking at who?"
Location: Bonaire Dutch Caribean
Silver
BLUE DANGER by Víctor Daniel Núñez Duarte ()
Víctor Daniel Núñez Duarte

"BLUE DANGER"
Location: Tenerife, Canary Island
Bronze
Orange Diamond Squid by Andre Johnson (United States)
Andre Johnson
United States

"Orange Diamond Squid"
Location: Palm Beach, Florida
Honorable Mention
Enope Squid by Andre Johnson (United States)
Andre Johnson
United States

"Enope Squid"
Location: Palm Beach, Florida
Wide Angle Traditional
Gold
Colors of the Red Sea by Enrico Somogyi ()
Enrico Somogyi

"Colors of the Red Sea"
Location: Red Sea, Egypt
Silver
Transfixed by the beauty of the cave by Tom St George ()
Tom St George

"Transfixed by the beauty of the cave"
Location: Cenote Xulo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Silver
Reflections by Martin Broen ()
Martin Broen

"Reflections"
Location: Cenotes, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Honorable Mention
vitality by Yung-Sen Wu ()
Yung-Sen Wu

"vitality"
Location: Adam River ,Canada
Wide Angle Unrestricted
Gold
Goliath in Lilliput. by Tom Shlesinger (Israel)
Tom Shlesinger
Israel

"Goliath in Lilliput."
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Silver
Honu Buddies by Renee Capozzola (United States)
Renee Capozzola
United States

"Honu Buddies"
Location: Maui
Bronze
A Fever of Mobula Rays by Evan Friedman ()
Evan Friedman

"A Fever of Mobula Rays"
Location: La Ventana, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Honorable Mention
Out From The Darkness by Conor Culver (United States)
Conor Culver
United States

"Out From The Darkness"
Location: Palau
Black and White
Gold
Speleothems by Martin Broen ()
Martin Broen

"Speleothems"
Location: Cenotes, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Silver
Schooling Jacks by Wayne Lai (China)
Wayne Lai
China

"Schooling Jacks"
Location: The Red Sea, Egypt
Bronze
Big mouth by Marchione Giacomo (Italy)
Marchione Giacomo
Italy

"Big mouth"
Location: Maldives . South Atholl
Honorable Mention
The Dream by Martin Broen ()
Martin Broen

"The Dream"
Location: Cenotes, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Video
Gold
Alex del Olmo
"Out of the Black and into the Blue: Bird’s Head"
Silver
Alex del Olmo
"Out of the Blue and into the Black: Ambon"
Bronze
Tobias Dahlin
"Ocean Seasons of Sweden"
Honorable Mention
Alex del Olmo
"Out of the Black and into the Blue: The Ring of Fire"
Categories
PHOTOS
Macro Traditional

Any close-up image captured with a macro lens, where the reproduction ratio is between 1:10 and 1:1, or greater.
The "Traditional" divisions allow for the adjustment of brightness, contrast, color, and sharpness only. Cropping, cloning, and other digital manipulation is not allowed in this category. This restriction on digital manipulation enables people who are not as savvy at Photoshop to compete on more-or-less even ground as those with more experience. It also highlights composition and lighting skills by not allowing cropping and cloning. Before selecting winning entries, we reserve the right to audit your original RAW or JPG files. Please do not submit cropped or manipulated entries in this category.

Macro Unrestricted

Any close-up image captured with a macro lens, where the reproduction ratio is between 1:10 and 1:1, or greater.
Unlike the "Traditional" divisions, the "Unrestricted" divisions have no specific rules regarding digital manipulation. However, as we are not running a digital manipulation contest, you should exercise care in the decisions that you make.

Wide Angle Traditional

Any image captured with a wide-angle lens (focal length 35mm or less in 35mm format).
The "Traditional" divisions allow for the adjustment of brightness, contrast, color, and sharpness only. Cropping, cloning, and other digital manipulation is not allowed in this category. This restriction on digital manipulation enables people who are not as savvy at Photoshop to compete on more-or-less even ground as those with more experience. It also highlights composition and lighting skills by not allowing cropping and cloning. Before selecting winning entries, we reserve the right to audit your original RAW or JPG files. Please do not submit cropped or manipulated entries in this category.

Wide Angle Unrestricted

Any image captured with a wide-angle lens (focal length 35mm or less in 35mm format).
Unlike the "Traditional" divisions, the "Unrestricted" divisions have no specific rules regarding digital manipulation. However, as we are not running a digital manipulation contest, you should exercise care in the decisions that you make.

Black and White

Any single-toned image, such as black and white, or sepia, with no additional accent color.

VIDEOS
General

Any film five minutes or less in duration. At least 50% of the footage must be shot underwater.

Competition Judges
PHOTO JUDGES
Florian Fischer

Florian Fischer is a German director who founded Behind the Mask in 2014 to bring creative people from all over the world together to produce stories about ocean culture. Behind the Mask took the diving industry by storm and is now a community of like-minded ocean enthusiasts.

Florian’s vision and unique approach to underwater films have earned Behind the Mask over 100 international film awards, including three-time winner of the New York City Drone Film Festival and winner of the World Shootout, and he was chosen as “Person of the Year” by Tauchen, Europe’s biggest diving magazine, in 2017. Multiple collaborations with leading personalities in the image-making community have resulted in his involvement as a speaker and host for various events, including the world’s biggest water sports shows.

Imran Ahmad

Imran Ahmad is one of Asia’s most celebrated and internationally published underwater photographers. He has been capturing the magnificence of life both below and above the water’s surface for over 22 years, and is known for his experimental photography with light and motion.

Imran graduated from Middlesex University, UK with a Bachelor of Arts in Filmmaking. He is an ambassador for Seacam, Blancpain, Mares, Nikon, DAN, and RGBlue Lights, and is a member of the Ocean Artists Society. He spends much of his time as a university lecturer and professional photographer, giving presentations and promoting photography in all of its aspects. He also serves as a judge for several influential photo competitions around the world. Imran currently runs workshops on conservation, underwater, travel, and commercial photography, as well as running photo dive trips around the world.

Jennifer Hayes

Jennifer Hayes is an aquatic biologist and photojournalist specializing in natural history and ocean environments from the tropics to the polar regions. She is a contributing photographer, author and speaker for National Geographic Partners.

Jennifer’s passion for the study and conservation of sharks and sturgeons led to graduate degrees in zoology and marine biology. She is an award-winning essayist, photographer, and author of numerous publications and books on marine environments. Her work has been featured on CNN, ABC Good Morning America, National Geographic TV, Wild and Disney Channel. Jennifer’s current National Geographic projects include a multiple-year documentation of sturgeons and a long-term collaboration to document harp seals in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence as a face of climate change. Jennifer supports ocean solutions through #Collaboration and #NextGeneration.

Mike Bartick

Mike Bartick is a working underwater photographer residing in Anilao, Philippines, and a photo pro at Crystal Blue Resort. Originally from Southern California, he has an insatiable love for finding unique marine life and telling their story through photos and video. Mike is a widely published, award-winning photographer, writer and international public speaker with work appearing monthly in various publications, aquariums and museums.

Mike hosts photo clinics, workshops and seminars at Crystal Blue Resort, concentrating on the different aspects of underwater photography and the natural history of Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific. Mike is also a global ambassador for Sea&Sea underwater imaging, Kraken Sports and Ultralight Control Systems, and works with various companies to bring quality products to market.

Stephen Frink

Stephen Frink is among the world’s most frequently published underwater photographers, with a career spanning four decades. He arrived in Key Largo, Florida in 1978 to open a small studio dedicated to underwater photo services, but he soon began to receive assignments to photograph and write articles for the consumer dive publications of the day. He worked as a photojournalist for Skin Diver magazine for 17 years, and then as the Director of Photography for Scuba Diving magazine.

For the past 10 years, Stephen has been the publisher of Alert Diver magazine, a coffee-table collectible magazine for the members of the Divers Alert Network. Stephen teaches Masters level courses at Stephen Frink School of Underwater Digital Imaging each summer in his home waters off Key Largo and offers dive excursions emphasizing underwater photography through his travel company, WaterHouse Tours.