The results of the 10th edition of the Underwater Competition Series, organized by founders DivePhotoGuide.com and Wetpixel.com, have been officially announced! Thousands of photographers from dozens of countries competed to win their share of more than $90,000 worth of prizes.
The series is comprised of two competitions, starting with Our World Underwater, known as the “Super Bowl” of underwater imagery events, and DEEP Indonesia, the signature component of Indonesia’s prestigious diving, adventure travel and extreme sports expo.
The Our World Underwater Best in Show award, along with a $1000 cash prize, was awarded to Anthony Berberian for his otherworldly image of a jellyfish. Eduardo Acevedo captured Best in Show at the DEEP Indonesia competition for his image of an unlucky fish caught in the tentacles of a man o’ war.
The winning images represent a wide array of photography levels, from novices and compact camera users to professional wildlife photographers and even commercial or fashion photographers. As in previous editions, Our World Underwater featured technical categories, while DEEP Indonesia offered themed entry categories. New this year in DEEP was a category dedicated to in-water surf, wave, and watersport photography.
In a joint statement, organizers Matt Weiss and Eric Cheng said:
“The results of this year’s Underwater Competition series are not only impressive in their own right, but also representative of a decade of excellence in underwater imaging produced by the contests. We applaud this year’s winners and look forward to another ten years of underwater photography ahead.”
As previously, the judges consist of a panel of industry experts, including photographers, filmmakers and publishing professionals. The distinguished judging panel includes award-winning photographers Keri Wilk, Alex Mustard, Eric Cheng, Berkley White, and Daniel Botehlo. Editors Joe Tepper (DivePhotoGuide) and Abi Mullens (Wetpixel) round off the judging panel.
The organizers are once again pleased to announce that 15 percent of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.