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The Underwater Photography Guide has just announced the winners of the 2014 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition. This news is very exciting, with over 70 underwater images to admire.

This year's Ocean Art Competition attracted a very high caliber of photos, representing entrants from over 50 countries.

Over $70,000 of prizes will be awarded to 60 underwater photographers, highlighted by an 11-day Indonesia liveaboard trip on the SMY Ondina, a 7-night dive package at Paradise Taveuni Resort in Fiji, a 7-night Maldives liveaboard trip on the Manthiri, a 7-night Solomon Islands liveaboard trip on the Bilikiki, a 10-night dive package at Lissenung Dive Resort in Papua New Guinea and a variety of gift certificates from Bluewater Photo. Premium prizes are provided by Villa Markisa (Bali), the Discovery Fleet (Tubbataha), Emperor Divers (Maldives), VoliVoli (Fiji), Atmosphere (Philippines), Kosrae Nautilus Resort (Micronesia), Atlantis Philippines, Wananavu (Fiji), Palau Dive Adventures, Mike Ball Dive Expeditions (Australia), Alor Divers (Indonesia), Manta Ray Bay (Yap), El Galleon (Philippines), Maluku Divers (Indonesia), Juliana?s Hotel & Sea Saba Dive Center (Caribbean), Eco Divers Resort Lembeh, Blackbeard?s Cruises (Bahamas), Scuba Seraya (Bali) and Bluewater Travel.

Ocean Art 2014 judges included prestigious underwater photographers Tony Wu, Martin Edge, Marty Snyderman and Scott Gietler.

There are at least 4 winners in each of the 12 categories, including Wide-Angle, Macro, Portrait, Behavior, Novice, Nudibranchs, Super Macro, Divers & Fashion, Cold Water and 3 compact camera categories.

The Best of Show was a stunning wide-angle photo shot from behind a breaking wave by Ray Collins at Kirra Beach, Australia. Other outstanding images include some out-of-this-world fish and marine life shots, rarely seen underwater behavior, iridescent shrimp, models in pools, smiling turtles, vibrantly colored squid and some dramatic black and white moments. Thousands of entries were viewed by the judges before the final set of amazing images were selected and deemed some of the best underwater photos in the world.

The quality of image submissions was incredible, making judging very difficult but ensuring the prestige of the Ocean Art Competition. Bluewater Photo and Travel owner and Underwater Photography Guide publisher, Scott Gietler said

The caliber of photos in Ocean Art this year was amazing, and the judges had to make some very difficult decisions when evaluating photos in the contest. The winning photos were submitted from oceans and freshwater around the world by many talented underwater photographers. Congratulations to all the winners.

Read the full Official Press Release and have more details, see other pics and view full size image on the Underwater Photography Guide

Best of Show

1st Place - Ray Collins

Wide-Angle Category

1st Place - Ray Collins
2nd Place - Gang Song
2nd Place - Gang Song
3rd Place - Shane Gross
3rd Place - Shane Gross
4th Place - Montse Grillo
4th Place - Montse Grillo
Honorable Mention - Alejandro Prieto
Honorable Mention - Alejandro Prieto
Honorable Mention - Eiko Jones
Honorable Mention - Eiko Jones
Honorable Mention - David Salvatori
Honorable Mention - David Salvatori

Macro Category

1st Place - Ron Watkins
2nd Place - Uwe Schmolke
2nd Place - Uwe Schmolke
3rd Place - Marchione Giacomo
3rd Place - Marchione Giacomo
4th Place - Anthony Berberian
4th Place - Anthony Berberian
Honorable Mention - Annika Persson
Honorable Mention - Annika Persson
Honorable Mention - Filip Staes
Honorable Mention - Filip Staes

Cold Water Category

1st Place - Lill Haugen
2st Place - David Salvatori
2st Place - David Salvatori
3rd Place - Nirupam Nigam
3rd Place - Nirupam Nigam
4th Place - Kaido Haagen
4th Place - Kaido Haagen
Honorable Mention - Michael Weberberger
Honorable Mention - Michael Weberberger
Honorable Mention - Gang Song
Honorable Mention - Gang Song

Portrait Category

1st Place - Nonna Pokras
2nd Place - Mario Odorisio
2nd Place - Mario Odorisio
3rd Place - Steven Kovacs
3rd Place - Steven Kovacs
4th Place - Christine Shepard
4th Place - Christine Shepard
Honorable Mention - Uwe Schmolke
Honorable Mention - Uwe Schmolke
Honorable Mention - David Salvatori
Honorable Mention - David Salvatori
Honorable Mention - Luc Rooman
Honorable Mention - Luc Rooman

Marine Life Behavior Category

1st Place - Borut Furlan
2nd Place - Ilan Ben Tov
2nd Place - Ilan Ben Tov
3rd Place - Steven Kovacs
3rd Place - Steven Kovacs
4th Place - Jerry Tang
4th Place - Jerry Tang
Honorable Mention - Roland Bach
Honorable Mention - Roland Bach
Honorable Mention - Steven Kovacs
Honorable Mention - Steven Kovacs

Novice DSLR Category

1st Place - So Yat Wai
2nd Place - Carolyn Wang
2nd Place - Carolyn Wang
3rd Place - Collin Wu
3rd Place - Collin Wu
4th Place - Renee Capozzola
4th Place - Renee Capozzola
Honorable Mention - So Yat Wai
Honorable Mention - So Yat Wai
Honorable Mention - Renee Capozzola
Honorable Mention - Renee Capozzola

Compact Macro Category

1st Place - Giacomo Giovannini
2nd Place - Kiyoung Jang
2nd Place - Kiyoung Jang
3rd Place - Fabio Galbiati
3rd Place - Fabio Galbiati
4th Place - Elisabeth Lauwerys
4th Place - Elisabeth Lauwerys
Honorable Mention - Dusan Zencak
Honorable Mention - Dusan Zencak
Honorable Mention - Chandy de Wit
Honorable Mention - Chandy de Wit

Compact Marine Life Behavior Category

1st Place - Jack Berthomier
2nd Place - Jack Berthomier
2nd Place - Jack Berthomier
3rd Place - Alexander Bublitz
3rd Place - Alexander Bublitz
4th Place - Igor Pereverzev
4th Place - Igor Pereverzev
Honorable Mention - Michal Ross
Honorable Mention - Michal Ross

Compact Wide-Angle Category

1st Place - Arek Mszyca
2nd Place - Marc Casanovas
2nd Place - Marc Casanovas
3rd Place - Stephen Holinski
3rd Place - Stephen Holinski
4th Place - Stephen Holinski
4th Place - Stephen Holinski
Honorable Mention - Marc Casanovas
Honorable Mention - Marc Casanovas

Nudibranchs Category

1st Place - Eduardo Acevedo Fernandez
2nd Place - Jackie Hildering
2nd Place - Jackie Hildering
3rd Place - Diana Paboojian
3rd Place - Diana Paboojian
4th Place - Luc Rooman
4th Place - Luc Rooman
Honorable Mention - So Yat Wai
Honorable Mention - So Yat Wai
Honorable Mention - Yury Ivanov
Honorable Mention - Yury Ivanov

Super Macro Category

1st Place - Filippo Borghi
2nd Place - Raffaele Livornese
2nd Place - Raffaele Livornese
3rd Place - Qing Lin
3rd Place - Qing Lin
4th Place - Robert Roy
4th Place - Robert Roy
Honorable Mention - Jeffrey de Guzman
Honorable Mention - Jeffrey de Guzman

Divers & Fashion Category

1st Place - Lucie Drlikova
2nd Place - Steffen Binke
2nd Place - Steffen Binke
3rd Place - Nina Baxa
3rd Place - Nina Baxa
4th Place - Jim Catlin
4th Place - Jim Catlin
Honorable Mention - Massimo Giorgetta
Honorable Mention - Massimo Giorgetta
Honorable Mention - Rui Guerra
Honorable Mention - Rui Guerra
Author : Brent Durand
Upload date : 2015-01-08

  
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