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2018/19 Underwater Photography Contest Winners Announced

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The winners of the annual UnderwaterPhotography.com photo contest 2018/19 have been announced.

The UnderwaterPhotography.com photo contest is the longest-running and one of the most prestigious online photo competitions in the world. Each year, hundreds of photographers from around the world submit thousands of photographs in a range of categories. This year, an impressive 4,121 entries were submitted, 891 of which became 'hotshots' to be considered in the first round of judging. The pictures were vetted by a range of industry professionals, previous competition winners, and the UnderwaterPhotography.com's team of moderators. One of the medals is a reward for the hard work put in by underwater photographers chasing the best shots far-flung destinations. 'It's the industry's most coveted prize,' said the team, 'because it says you succeeded in the most competitive environment there is, against the top talent of the moment,'

 

2018 WORLD CHAMPION - ALEJANDRO TOPETE

UP2018 overall winner alejandro topete

'Alejandro has been posting on the site since 2012. During that time he has posted 1085 beautiful entries for which he has received 29199 votes. Among his favourite subjects are sea lions, sharks, dolphins and mantas, but his gallery is diverse and includes stunning images of tiny critters such as blennies, sea horses and nudibranchs. He is truly a diversified photographer who excels in every type of photography he does, a well deserved World Champion for 2018!'

 

2018 GRAND MASTER - MEHMET SALIH BILAL 

UP 2018 nudibranchia Mehmet Salih Bilal

'Mehmet is a true macro artist. His passion for the little alien-like critters in the ocean stands out in his magical photos, captivating the viewers and pulling them into a different world. He loves to experiment with various creative techniques, producing unique images which make up his personal style. Since he joined the site, he has posted 722 stunning entries and received 11402 votes in total. Mehmet's photos are a huge inspiration and we are honoured to have him on the website.'

For more information about this year's world champions and a full portfolio of their pictures, visit www.underwaterphotography.com/photo-contest/Awards.aspx


GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

OVER/UNDER

Greg Fleurentin, French Polynesia

UP 2018 over under Greg Fleurentin

Sharks and rays cruising in the lagoon of Moorea, French Polynesia (Greg Fleurentin/UnderwaterPhotography.com)


MACRO - NOT SWIMMING

Jinggong Zhang, China

UP 2018 macro not swimming Jinggong Zhang

Seahorses mating, Japan (Jinggong Zhang/UnderwaterPhotography.com)

MACRO - SWIMMING

Wayne Jones, Australia

UP 2018 macro swimming Wayne Jones

'Jack and Jelly', Philippines (Wayne Jones/UnderwaterPhotography.com)

 

WIDE-ANGLE - WRECKS

Mehmet Öztabak, Turkey

UP 2018 wide angle wrecks Mehmet Öztabak


Pinar 1 wreck and diver - Bodrum, Turkey (Mehmet Öztabak/UnderwaterPhotography.com)

 

WIDE ANGLE - NATURAL LIGHT

Henley Spiers, United Kingdom

UP 2018 wide angle natural light Henley Spiers

Southern Stingray, Cayman Islands (Henley Spiers/UnderwaterPhotography.com)

 

CREATIVE - MANIPULATED

Filip Staes, Belgium

UP 2018 manipulated photoshopped Filip Staes

'An angel is watching over us'. Model: Mermaid Nyxe, TODI, Belgium (Filip Staes/UnderwaterPhotography.com)

 

WIDE-ANGLE - DIVERS

Leena Roy, United Kingdom

UP 2018 wide angle divers Leena Roy

Swimming through silversides, Cayman Islands (Leena Roy/UnderwaterPhotography.com)

 

WIDE-ANGLE - MARINE LIFE

Daniel Flormann, Germany

UP 2018 wide angle marine life Daniel Flormann

The natural mirror, Jardins de la Reina, Cuba (Daniel Flormann/UnderwaterPhotography.com)

 

FRESHWATER

Claudia Weber-Gebert, Germany

UP 2018 freshwater Claudia Weber Gebert

Under the bridge near Traunfall Waterfalls, Austria (Claudia Weber-Gebert/UnderwaterPhotography.com)

 

TEMPERATE WATERS

Filip Staes, Belgium

UP 2018 temperate waters Filip Staes

Platichthys flesus, Zeeland, The Netherlands (Filip Staes/UnderwaterPhotography.com)

 

MACRO - NUDIBRANCHIA

Mehmet Salih Bilal, Turkey

UP 2018 nudibranchia Mehmet Salih Bilal

Emperor shrimp on the chromodoris, Indonesia (Mehmet Salih Bilal/UnderwaterPhotography.com)

 

SUPERMACRO

Plamena Mileva (Bulgaria)

UP 2018 super macro Plamena Mileva

Emperor shrimp, Indonesia (Plamena Mileva/UnderwaterPhotography.com)

 

WIDE ANGLE - CLOSE FOCUS

Salvatore Ianniello, Italy

UP 2018 wide angle close focus Salvatore Ianniello

'Under the Clouds' (Salvatore Ianniello/UnderwaterPhotography.com)

 

MACRO - CLOSE-UP

Jinggong Zhang, China

UP 2018 macro close up Jinggong Zhang

'Roar' (Jinggong Zhang/UnderwaterPhotography.com)

 

SHARKS

Steven Anderson, United States

UP 2018 sharks Steven Anderson

Great White approaches through the late afternoon sun at Guadalupe off Mexico (Steven Anderson/UnderwaterPhotography.com)

 

FASHION

Nick Polanszky, Australia

UP 2018 fashion Nick Polanszky

Freediver basking in the sun rays beaming through the surface of one of the many cenotes in the Riviera Maya, Mexico (Nick Polanszky/UnderwaterPhotography.com)

 

TOPSIDE

Susannah H. Snowden-Smith, Cayman islands

UP 2018 topside susannah snowden smith

'"Sunset Sunset" - Surfaced to this stunning sunset at Sunset House! Hefting my macro kit with diopters half out of the water to get this shot was...interesting....'(Susannah H. Snowden-Smith/UnderwaterPhotography.com)


For a full listing of all the medal placings, profiles and portfolios of the winning entries, visit www.underwaterphotography.com/photo-contest/Winners.aspx. For more information about the competition and how to enter, visit the home page at www.underwaterphotography.com, and check out their Facebook Page and Instagram @uwphotos

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