2015 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest Winners Announced

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Culver City, CA – January 6, 2015 – The prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, has announced the 2015 winners. This year’s Ocean Art Competition attracted a very high caliber of photos, representing entrants from over 50 countries.

The Best of Show was a spectacular photo of a larval stage eel photographed at night in 4,000 feet of water off the coast of Hawaii. This larval eel truly looks like an alien invader from outer space, and has only been photographed a handful of times before. Other outstanding images include some out-of-this-world fish and marine life shots, rarely seen underwater behavior, cute portraits, dreamy scenes in the conceptual category, sharks, whales and some dramatic moments between humans and marine life. 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.

Ocean Art 2015 judges included prestigious underwater photographers Tony Wu, Martin Edge, and Marty Snyderman, accompanied by Underwater Photography Guide publisher Scott Gietler.

Ocean Art is one of the most prestigious underwater photography competitions worldwide and may have the largest prize purse of any single underwater photo competition.

Over $70,000 of prizes will be awarded to 75 underwater photographers, highlighted by an Indonesia liveaboard trip on the S.M.Y. Ondina, a 7 night dive package at Misool Eco Resort in Indonesia, a 7 night Solomon Islands liveaboard trip with Bilikiki Cruises, an 8 night combo dive package on the MV FeBrina and Walindi Plantation Resort in Papua New Guinea, a 7 night liveaboard trip on the S/Y Fiji Siren, a 10 night dive package at Lissenung Island Resort in Papua New Guinea, a 7 night dive package at Tawali Resort in Papua New Guinea, a 7 night dive package at Atmosphere Resort & Spa in the Philippines, a 4 night dive package at Villa Markisa in Bali, Indonesia, and a variety of gift certificates from Bluewater Photo. Premium travel prizes are provided by Anthony’s Key Resort (Roatan), VoliVoli Beach Resort (Fiji), Atlantis Dive Resort (Philippines), Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort (Philippines), Paradise Taveuni (Fiji), Wananavu Beach Resort (Fiji), Crystal Blue Resort (Philippines), Alor Divers (Indonesia), El Galleon Beach Resort (Philippines), Aquamarine Diving and the Watergarden Hotel (Indonesia), Maluku Divers (Indonesia), Eco Divers Lembeh (Indonesia), Nautilus Explorer/Belle Amie (Mexico), Blackbeard’s Cruises (Bahamas), Siladen Resort & Spa (Indonesia), Scuba Club Cozumel (Mexico), Scuba Seraya (Indonesia), and premier scuba travel agency Bluewater Travel. Premium gear prizes are provided by Bluewater Photo, SEA&SEA, Ikelite, ReefNet SubSee, Ultralight Control Systems, and Light & Motion.

Several winners are recognized in each of 15 categories, including wide-angle, macro, portrait, behavior, novice DSLR, nudibranchs, supermacro, cold water, pool and conceptual, plus 3 compact camera and 3 mirrorless camera categories.

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.”

Winning photos can be seen on the Underwater Photography Guide at http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/2015-ocean-art-contest-winners

Complete list of winners:

Best of Show
“Feeling Exposed” by Jeff Milisen

Wide-Angle
1st Place: Francesco Visintin
2nd Place: Matteo Visconti
3rd Place: Gregory Sherman
4th Place: Alessandro Buzzichelli
5th Place: Tanya Houppermans
6th Place: Aldo Costa
HM: Scott Portelli
HM: Greg Lecoeur

Macro
1st Place: Jeff Milisen
2nd Place: Marco Gargiulo
3rd Place: Lazaro Ruda
4th Place: Dennis Corpuz
5th Place: Dennis Corpuz
6th Place: Alexander Franz
HM: Richard Barnden
HM: So Yat Wai

Coldwater
1st Place: Lill Haugen
2nd Place: Uwe Schmolke
3rd Place: Annika Persson
4th Place: Jorgen Rasmussen
5th Place: Morten Beier
6th Place: Luc Rooman
HM: Thomas Heckmann
HM: Matthew Tworkowski

Portrait
1st Place: Greg Lecoeur
2nd Place: Peter Leopold
3rd Place: Filippo Borghi
4th Place: Claudio Contreras Koob
5th Place: David Salvatori
6th Place: Domenico Roscigno
HM: Qing Lin

Marine Life Behavior
1st Place: Steven Kovacs
2nd Place: Lureen Ferretti
3rd Place: Greg Lecoeur
4th Place: Filippo Borghi
5th Place: Elio Nicosia
6th Place: Ralph Pace
HM: Uwe Schmolke
HM: Cameron Azad
HM: Richard Barnden

Novice dSLR
1st Place: Irene Middleton
2nd Place: Adam Martin
3rd Place: Roberto Strafella
4th Place: Sergio Luiz Norueira Junior
5th Place: Lauric Thiault
HM: Linda See
HM: Ian Chow

Compact Macro
1st Place: Alessandro Raho
2nd Place: ChenVui Soon
3rd Place: Alessandro Raho
4th Place: Dennis Corpuz
HM: Giacomo Giovannini

Compact Marine Life Behavior
1st Place: Jack Berthomier
2nd Place: Abimael Marquez
3rd Place: Jens Schultz
4th Place: Massimo Giorgetta
HM: Stephen Holinski
HM: Kiyoung Jang

Compact Wide-Angle
1st Place: Brian Christiansen
2nd Place: Stephen Holinski
3rd Place: Kate Rister
4th Place: Steven Shoelson
HM: Sarah Stein

Nudibranchs
1st Place: Roland Bach
2nd Place: Roland Bach
3rd Place: Miguel Pereira
4th Place: Massimo Zannini
5th Place: Stefano Scortegagna

Supermacro
1st Place: So Yat Wai
2nd Place: Marco Fierli
3rd Place: Dennis Corpuz
4th Place: Ludovic Galko-Rundgren
5th Place: So Yat Wai
HM: So Yat Wai

Pool/Conceptual
1st Place: Francesco Pacienza
2nd Place: Sarah Teveldal
3rd Place: Dennis Vandermeersch
4th Place: Steffen Binke
5th Place: Ken Kiefer
HM: Uri Magnus Dotan

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