The Our World Underwater international underwater photography and video competition has become known as the 'Superbowl' of underwater imaging events. Here's this year's winning images...
About the competition
The competition celebrates and highlights both art of underwater photography as well as the beauty of the ocean. This year the panel of judges went through thousands of images and videos taken by novice to professional photographers and videographers from around the world. $50,000 in prizes were awarded to the winners. Congratulations to Anthony Berberian, who won Best of Show for his 1st place image from the Macro Unrestricted category. Winners were announced live on stage during the Our World Underwater film festival in Chicago (February 27–March 1, 2015).
Best of Show / WINNER Category: Macro Unrestricted
Clandestine passenger by Anthony Berberian | Location: Tahiti
"Late at night, far offshore from Tahit in French Polynesia, drift diving above 6000 feet of total darkness gives the opportunity to admire and photograph strange creatures rarely seen alive in the wild. This flat looking alien, which is a juvenile of some lobster species, is called a Phyllosoma. It is using a small jellyfish to minimize the swimming effort. The chances of encounters like this are small, and last only for a few seconds. Despite hundreds of dives, this particular association was only spotted twice."
Winner category: wideangle traditional
Spotted dolphins by Francis Pérez | Location: Tenerife, Canary Islands
"Like happened before, we saw in the distance was forming a big group of shearwaters and seagulls countless rough on the surface, they marked the great feast. Underwater many spotted dolphins. There was a baitball , dolphins, sharewaters, seagulls attacked it. When the escene was quite, we started to move and suddenly the spotted dolphins started to play under the boat. I caught my housing and hunging from the boat, in movement, with a friend taking my legs, I could to get this picture."
Winnder Category: Wideangle unrestricted
Got it! by Christian Miller | Location: Fitzroy Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Winner category: macro traditional
Tunicate Shrimp by Joe Daniels | Location: Ambon, Indonesia
"I first came across this tiny little Shrimp living in the bottom of a Tunicate in Ambon Bay, Indonesia. I was immediately struck by the rich colour of the Tunicate and intrigued by the realisation that this little Shrimp’s whole world exists inside this one tunicate. Now I was just left with the (not so) simple task of conveying this in my image. I achieved this by focusing through one of the openings in the tunicate, filling the frame with colour and using a wide aperture to give a extreme bokeh effect, keeping just the shrimps eyes in focus. Framing and focusing was a real challenge with this image but gave the desired effect of the shrimp living in a different world."
Winner category: compact camera
Gravity by Marc Casanovas Felix | Location: Vilassar de Mar, Spain
"In the summer time, when the sea temperature increases large numbers of different jellyfish species comes to the Mediterranean coasts, the most common one being the Rhizostoma pulmo. Every year we see more and more on our beaches and beachgoers feel disturbed, but we sometimes forget that overfishing is the cause for the disappearance of their natural predators. As photographer I wait every summer for their arrival and the many photographic possibilities."