2017 Imaging Contest Winners

Best-In-Show Prize (Photo): The David Doubilet Award for Excellence in Underwater Photography.

Sharky Sunset

Renee Capozzola
Palos Verdes Estates CA

Equipment: Canon 5D Mark iii, Nauticam housing, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8, dual Sea&Sea YS D1's
Location: French Polynesia

GENERAL/MARINE LIFE:

First Place: Busy

Ellen Cuylaerts
Bodden Town, Grand Cayman

Equipment: Nikon D800 Nikkor 16mm YS250
Location: Devil's Grotto, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

 

Second Place: Blankey

Ellen Cuylaerts

Equipment Nikon D800 Nikkor 16mm Sola 3000
Location: Sandbar Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Honorable Mention:  Whale Trail

 

Beau Pilgrim
?Caves Beach NS AU

Equipment: Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 8-15mm f/4, housed in AquaTech DC5-V3 water housing & large dome port
Location: Vava'u, Tonga

GREEN/COLD WATER

First Place: Giant Sea Basses

Furlan Borut
Ljubljana, Slovenija

Equipment: Nikon D800 / Seacam
Location: Catalina, California, USA

Second Place: Anglerfish

Fredrik Ehrenstroem
Västra Götaland, Sweden

Equipment: Nikon D200 with 10-24 mm Nikkor in a Hugyfot housing and 2 Sea&Sea YS110a strobes.
Location: Norway/Kristiansund/Örnvika

Third Place: Sun Touched

Ellen Cuylaerts

 

Equipment: Nikon D800 Nikkor 16mm Sola 3000
Location: Farne Islands, United Kingdom

MACRO/CLOSE-UP

 

First Place: Garden Eel Couple

Steven Kovacs
Loxahatchee, FL

Equipment: nikon D7000, 105mm, Ikelite housing, dual Ikelite DS160 strobes
Location: Dumaguete, Philippines

Second Place: Larval Moray Eel

Steven Kovacs

 

Equipment: nikon D7000, 60mm, Ikelite housing, dual Ikelite DS160 strobes
Location: Palm Beach, Florida

Third Place: Acrobat Snake Eel and Shrimp

?Marchione Giacomo
Torino, Italy

 

Equipment:  Nikon D800E , 105 macro , 1 strobo with Retra snoot
Location: Indonesia. Lembeh Strait

Honorable Mention: Larval Lionfish

Steven Kovacs

Equipment: nikon D7000, 60mm, Ikelite housing, dual Ikelite DS160 strobes
Location:  Palm Beach, Florida

Honorable Mention: Lophiodes Fimbriatus

Jeffrey Milisen
Kailuakona HI

Equipment: Canon T1i, Canon 60mm lens, Ikelite housing
Location:  Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Honorable Mention: Scopionfish

James Squires
Saint Simons Island, GA

 

UNDERWATER BEHAVIOR

First Place: The Couple

Pasquale Vassallo
Napoli, Italy

Equipment: canon 5dsr 8/15mm, Seacam housing, inon flash
Location: Miseno, Napoli, Italy

Second Place: Pike Swallows Trout

Uwe Schmolke
Ruesselsheim, Germany

Equipment Nikon D800
Location: Germany

Third Place: Mating Moyers Dragonets

Steven Kovacs

Equipment: nikon D7000, 105mm, Ikelite housing, dual Ikelite DS160 strobes
Location: Bali, Indonesia

CONSERVATION

First Place: Oceanic White Tip With Hook In Mouth

Brent Barnes
Edmond, OK

Equipment: Nikon D7000 in Aquatica Housing with Dual Sea and Sea 110 alpha strobes and Nikor 10-24 mm lens
Location: Cat Island, Bahamas

Second Place: Freedom

Isabella Maffei
Varese, Italy

Equipment  Nikon D800E Sigma 15mm f2.8 Nauticam Housing +dome port + 2 X Sea&Sea YS250 pro strobe
Location: Camogli (GE) Italy

Honorable Mention: Trapped

Isabella Maffei

Equipment  Nikon D800E Sigma 15mm f2.8 Nauticam Housing +dome port + 2 X Sea&Sea YS250 pro strobe
Location: Camogli (GE) Italy

Best In Show Prize (Creative): The Jim Church Award for Excellence in Underwater Creative Imaging.

Outer Space

Uwe Schmolke

Second Place: Blenny in a Bottle

Robert Banchard

Milton, DE

Honorable Mention: Disc World

Aha Van Beeck
Weert Limburg, Netherlands

Honorable Mention: Breaking Through

Aha Van Beeck

Best-In-Show Prize (Video): The Stan Waterman Award for Excellence in Underwater Videography.

The Not So Silent World

Evan Sherman
Aliso Viejo CA

Equipment Used (Video): Nikon D7200, 105mm, Sea&Sea Housing, Nauticam SMC, Light& Motion Sola 4000 x2

Location (Video): Bali, Indonesia

 

 

Second Place: Costa Rica

Edwar Herreno
Valensole Provence, France

 

Honorable Mention: Stay With Us

Dustin Adamson
Kaysville UT

Equipment Used (Video): Canon 5d Mark II
Location (Video): Bali, PNG, Lembeh, Philippines

 

VIDEO SNAPSHOT

Humpback Breach

Beau Pilgrim

Caves Beach NS AU

Equipment: GoPro Hero4 Black mounted to the top of 1DXII AquaTech water housing
Location: Vava'u, Tonga

 

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