UnderwaterPhotography.com | 2013 Awards for the Annual Photo Contest

The 2013/2014 Underwaterphotography.com competition awards have just been announced. A total of 7,850 entries out of which 51 spectacular shots were awarded medals.

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Ellen Cuylaerts - World Champion for 2013

One thing to note about this years competition is the success of the lady underwater photographers.

(PRWEB) April 02, 2014

The winners of the annual UnderwaterPhotography.com photo contest 2013/14 have been announced. 49 spectacular shots out of 7,850 entries were awarded medals or runners up.

Click here to view all the Medal Winners (Distributable Link).

Click here to view the 2013 World Champions (Distributable Link).

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About the Contest:

The UnderwaterPhotography.com photo contest is the longest running and most prestigious online, or off. If you want to make a name for yourself it is the place to do it.

"Winning a medal is the reward for all the hard work underwater photographers put in chasing those great shots in far-flung destinations. It's the industry's most coveted prize because it affirms the photographer's success in the most competitive environment there is, against the top talents of the moment." Editor

Some more numbers for 2013 - A total of 7,850 entries from which 1,269 incredible hotshots have been chosen by the site's trusted members. The top 181 shots have reached the final round out of which 93 were awarded medals or runner-ups in 17 categories. 50% of the entries are macro shots and over 25% taken in Indonesia or Egypt.

One thing to note about this year's competition is the success of the lady underwater photographers. We have Ellen as the World champion, Isabella as the Grand Master and talents like Nadya and Valda who have won more than one medal.

The Champions:

2013 World Champion - Ellen Cuylaerts (Cayman Islands)

"Ellen was almost unanimously voted for the world champion of 2013. While presenting winning images in almost every category of our competition, it is clear that Ellen especially stands out in the field of wide angle behavior shots. This award is very well deserved after a year in which Ellen consistently submitted breathtaking images to almost every category of the contest and took an active part in our community.

Ellen has reached the top league of underwater photographers in only 3 years of diving and I am proud to have so much of her work displayed on our site." -Editor's comment

2013 Grand Master - Isabella Maffei (Italy)

"Isabella is a true artist. Every one of her photos conveys a message and proves that composition and talent is what creates a great shot.

Isabella stood out this year with rarely seen over and under shots and incredible super macro shots especially the 'Canadian Flag' Spanish dancer gills which was the top voted photo of the year. We are proud to show her photos on our site." -Editor's comment

2013 Grand Master - Iyad Suleyman (Ukraine)

"Iyad is clearly one of the stars in the 2013 competition. Submitting 566 Entries out of which 204 were shortlisted by our judges.

Iyad is the master of Blenny shots submitting a huge variety of such shots all presenting a top skill for producing superb super macro shots. Iyad's shots clearly stand out in many of our categories from super macro to wide angle. He is a very active member of the community and devotes his time to comment on shots and help other members." -Editor's comment

List of all Medal Winners:

Topside (Above Water but Marine Related)

Francesco Pacienza (Italy) Gold Medal
Tony Cherbas (Guam) Silver Medal
Raoul Caprez (Switzerland) Bronze Medal

Over / Under (Shots Half Topside, Half U/W)

Uwe Schmolke (Germany) Gold Medal
Wolfgang Zwicknagl (Austria) Silver Medal
Matthew Smith (Australia) Bronze Medal

Macro - Not Swimming

Giuseppe Piccioli (Italy) Gold Medal
Ellen Cuylaerts (Cayman Islands) Silver Medal
Beate Seiler (Germany) Bronze Medal

Macro - Swimming

Marchione Giacomo (Italy) Gold Medal
Iyad Suleyman (Ukraine) Silver Medal
Uwe Schmolke (Germany) Bronze Medal

Wide Angle - Wrecks

Ellen Cuylaerts (Cayman Islands) Gold Medal
Paul Colley (United Kingdom) Silver Medal
Uwe Schmolke (Germany) Bronze Medal

Wide Angle - Natural Light (No Strobe)

Nadya Kulagina (Kazakhstan) Gold Medal
Ellen Cuylaerts (Cayman Islands) Silver Medal
Shane Gross (Canada) Bronze Medal

Creative - Manipulated (Photoshopped)

Lucie Drlikova (Czech Republic) Gold Medal

Wide Angle - Divers

Nadya Kulagina (Kazakhstan) Gold Medal
Marjan Radovic (Croatia) Silver Medal
Ellen Cuylaerts (Cayman Islands) Bronze Medal

Wide Angle - Marine Life

Paul Colley (United Kingdom) Gold Medal
Christian Schlamann (Germany) Silver Medal
Valda Fraser (South Africa) Bronze Medal

Freshwater

Ellen Cuylaerts (Cayman Islands) Gold Medal
Viktor Vrbovský (Czech Republic) Silver Medal
Raoul Caprez (Switzerland) Bronze Medal

Temperate Waters

Jeremy Axworthy (United States) Gold Medal
Tom Radio (United States) Silver Medal
Robert Polo (Canada) Bronze Medal

Macro - Nudibranchia

Marchione Giacomo (Italy) Gold Medal
Jeremy Axworthy (United States) Silver Medal
Hans-Gert Broeder (Germany) Bronze Medal
Jeremy Axworthy (United States) Runner Up
Tony Cherbas (Guam) Runner Up
Marco Fierli (Indonesia) Runner Up

Macro - Super Macro

Isabella Maffei (Italy) Gold Medal
Iyad Suleyman (Ukraine) Silver Medal
Tony Cherbas (Guam) Bronze Medal

Wide Angle - Close Focus

Helmy Hashim (Egypt) Gold Medal
Gleb Tolstov (Israel) Silver Medal
Tony Cherbas (Guam) Bronze Medal

Macro - Close-up

Goos Van Der Heide (Netherlands) Gold Medal
Doris Vierkötter (Germany) Silver Medal
Nonna Pokras (Russia) Bronze Medal

Sharks

Petteri Viljakainen (Finland) Gold Medal
Andre Philip (Germany) Silver Medal
Karen Allgrove (Canada) Bronze Medal

Fashion

Dmitry Vinogradov (Russia) Gold Medal
Nadya Kulagina (Kazakhstan) Silver Medal
Uwe Schmolke (Germany) Bronze Medal

Click here to see all Medal Winners (Distributable Link).

Click here to view 2013 World Champions (Distributable Link).

** Contact us for high-res images.

About Underwaterphotography.com:

Our Mission: To help underwater photographers across the globe to fulfill their potential.

UnderwaterPhotography.com was founded by Benny Sutton, a UK-based underwater photographers far back in 1996. The site progressed and became the most popular source for underwater photography on the web to a point where the community consists of 20,000+ members.

The site features the photo contest, dive site database, forums, articles and the comprehensive UW photography courses. We are proud to be the biggest source of underwater photographs on the web with 100,000+ photos now in our database.

On September 2013, UnderwaterPhotography.com was sold and acquired by Tal Mor, co-founder of Mozaik Underwater Cameras (a Canadian based UW photography retailer), and an avid diver and photographer for 15 years. Since the acquisition the site has gone through a general redesign and many more features will be released in 2014.

About UnderwaterPhotography.com in detail.

Thank you for your continued support and Best Regards,

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Goos Van Der Heide Netherlands Goos Van Der Heide Netherlands

Gold Medal Winner Macro - Close-Up


Ellen Cuylaerts Cayman islands Ellen Cuylaerts Cayman islands

A freediver entering Devil's Grotto Location: Cayman islands


Giuseppe Piccioli Italy Giuseppe Piccioli Italy

Gold Medal Winner Macro - not swimming


Helmy Hashim Egypt Helmy Hashim Egypt

Gold Medal Winner Wide Angle - Close Focus


Isabella Maffei Italy Isabella Maffei Italy

Gold Medal Winner Macro - Super macro


Petteri Viljakainen Finland Petteri Viljakainen Finland

Gold Medal Winner Sharks


Uwe Schmolke Germany Uwe Schmolke Germany

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


Paul Colley United Kingdom Paul Colley United Kingdom

Gold Medal Winner Wide Angle - Marine Life