Honorable Mentions are in no particular order. Winners get only 1 prize based on totalling points from all their winners photos, and winners had ranked their prize choices.
Complete list of winners at the bottom of this page
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Note that you can click photos to view full size Viktor Lyagushkin Diver under the ice in Lazurny quarry, Russia. Story of the shot Viktor won a trip package to Walindi, Loloata and the MV FeBrina liveaboard Click photos to view full size 1st Place – Francis Perez Freediver and bait ball in the Canary Islands. Story of the shot Francis won a SMY Ondina liveaboard trip plus 50% off his guest 2nd Place – Domenico Roscigno Feather duster worms on mooring line in Sorrento, Italy. Story of the shot Domenico won a stay at Atlantis Resort, Philippines
3rd Place – Adriano Morettin Jellyfish split-shot in Trieste, Italy. Story of the shot Adriano won a stay at Maluku Divers, Indonesia
4th Place – Luis Javier Sandoval Parrotfish over pink algae at Socorro Island Luis won a stay at Juliana’s Hotel and diving with Sea Saba
5th Place – Christian Schlamann Freediver and whale shark, taken at Silver Banks, Dominican Republic. Story of the shot Christian won an ultralight gift certificate
6th Place – Matej Simonic Divers exploring the Nohoch Nah Chich cave in Yucatan, Mexico Matej won a Bluewater Photo gift certificate
Honorable Mention – David Salvatori Amazon dolphins in the Rio Negro, Amazon River basin, Brazil
Honorable Mention – Giordano Cipriani A diver explores the intersection of two rivers in Mato Grosso do Sul, Bonito, Brazil
Honorable Mention – Uwe Schmolke Crocodile in a cenote in the Yucatan, Mexico Click photos to view full size 1st Place – Jeffrey Milisen Pelagic octopus 5 miles off the coast of Kona, Hawaii. Story of the shot Jeff won a stay at Kosrae Nautilus Resort, Micronesia for two 2nd Place – Ping Ying Wu Three juvenile flying fish relect near the surface in northeast Taiwan Ping won a liveaboard trip with Sea Safari Cruises 3rd Place – Rene Zuch Pipefish on coral in Moalboal, Philippines Rene won an Acquapazza housing for the Sony RX-100 4th Place – Todd Bretl Skeleton shrimp detail from Anilao, Philippines. Story of the shot Todd won a DUI weight & trim package and gear bag 5th Place – Steven Kovacs Hydroid with amphipods in Grand Cayman Steven won a trip with AquaMarine Diving, Bali Honorable Mention – Steven Kovacs Juvenile pinnate batfish in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia Honorable Mention – Ping Ying Wu Squid shot in northeast Taiwan Honorable Mention – Guido Villani Two blennies share a home in Maremorto lagoon, Italy Click photos to view full size 1st Place – Viktor Lyagushkin Diver under the ice in Russia. Story of the shot viktor won a trip package to Walindi, Loloata and the MV FeBrina liveaboard 2nd Place – Tobias Friedrich Iceburg and diver split-shot taken in the Tasiilaq fjord, east Greenland. Story of the shot Tobias won a Ikelite DS161 Substrobe 3rd Place – Jo-Ann Wilkins Jellyfish shot at Baranof island, Alaska. Story of the shot Jo-Ann won a trip on the Nautilus Swell, British Columbia / Gwaii Haanas 4th Place – Viktor Lyagushkin Beluga whale under chunks of ice, taken in Nilmoguba, Russia Viktor won a trip package to Walindi, Loloata and the MV FeBrina liveaboard 5th Place – Jo-Ann Wilkins Airplane wreck under the ice at Morrison quarry, Wakefield, Quebec. Story of the shot Jo-ann won a trip on the Nautilus Swell, British Columbia / Gwaii Haanas 6th Place – Allison Vitsky Sallmon Allison won a Bluewater Travel gift certificate Honorable Mention – George Karbus Dolphin swimming under a jellyfish in Burren, Ireland. Story of the shot Honorable Mention – Allen D Walker Blue shark taken at Canyon in Cape Town, South Africa Click photos to view full size 1st Place – Montse Grillo Green sea turtle and sunrays shot in Tenerife (Canary Islands). Story of the shot Montse won an Oceanic OCi dive computer 2nd Place – Mark Fuller Seahorse portrait with backlighting in the Red Sea. Shot details Mark won a ReefNet +5 or +10 diopter
3rd Place – Pedro Carillo Caribbean Reef Shark spin shot, Bahamas Pedro won an I-Torch Pro6 video/focus light
Torpedo ray and blacksmith school at Farnsworth Banks, Catalina island, California. Story of the shot
4th Place – Vanessa Mignon Humpback whale eye contact, Vava’u, Tonga. Story of the shot Vaness won an Ikelite Gamma light
5th Place – Allen Walker Blacktip at dusk taken in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa Allen won a Watershot housing for iPhone or Galaxy
Honorable Mention – Pietro Formis Pygmy seahorse taken at Loloata Island, Papua New Guinea
Honorable Mention – Jorgen Rasmussen Sea lion portrait from Southern Australia
Honorable Mention – Filip Staes Devil scorpionfish in Lembeh Strait Indonesia Click photos to view full size 1st Place – Jorgen Rasmussen Sailfish eating a fish separated from the bait ball, Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Story of the shot Jorgen won a trip on the Waow Liveaboard 2nd Place – David Schrichte Two manatee calves nursing, Crystal River, Florida. Story of the shot David won a Mike Ball Fly Dive Cod Hole expedition 3rd Place – Montse Grillo Green sea turtles interact, Tenerife (Canary Islands) Montse won an Oceanic OCi dive computer 4th Place – Tom Radio Brittle star spawning, Redondo Beach, Washington. Story of the shot Tom won a Blackbeard’s Cruises liveaboard trip 5th Place – Steven Kovacs Two blennies lock jaws in a fight, Blue Heron Bridge, Riviera Beach, Florida Steven won a stay with AquaMarine Diving, Bali 6th Place – Tom Radio Two kelp crabs defend their meal, Seattle, Washington Tom won a Blackbeard’s Cruises liveaboard trip Honorable Mention – Steven Kovacs Trumpetfish at a cleaning station, Bonaire Honorable Mention – Jan Wenger Mating seahorses taken at the site “Aquarium” in the Daymaniyat Islands, Oman. Story of the shot Honorable Mention – Lill Haugen A timid grey seal plays with the drysuit glove, Norway Click photos to view full size 1st Place – Mohamad Abdulla A jellyfish reflects at the surface in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Story of the shot Mohamad won a stay with Lissenung Island Resort, Papua New Guinea 2nd Place – Thomas Burd A blue shark from above taken in the Azores, Portugal. Story of the shot Thomas won a stay with Eco Divers Resort, Indonesia 3rd Place – Pietro Biondo Jellyfish and sunburst in Jellyfish Lake, Palau. Shot details Pietro won a Subgear XP-10 2-gauge console 4th Place – Andrew Lau Frogfish at the surface in northeast Taiwan Andrew won a ThinkTank Retrospective 7 camera bag 5th Place – Alberto Rubio Romero Green sea turtle above the Feng Meng wreck in La Paz, Mexico Alberto won a Bluewater Travel gift certificate Honorable Mention – Ng Ching Kwan A curious squid at night, northeast Taiwan Honorable Mention – Lauric Thiault A crab scurries up the sand at Taha’a island, French Polynesia Click photos to view full size 1st Place – Abimael Marquez An expressive blenny at Cooper Island, British Virgin Islands Abimael won an Oceanic OCi dive computer 2nd Place – Giacomo Giovannini Ghost pipefish at Cabilao Island, Philippines Giacomo won a stay at Lions Dive & Beach Resort, Curacao 3rd Place – Rafael Cosme Daza Seahorse nestled in posidonia with sunball in Girona, Spain Rafael won a stay with Alor Divers, Indonesia 4th Place – Patty Woo Yellow goby in bottle taken in Lembeh, Indonesia Patty won a Bluewater Photo gift certificate Honorable Mention – Will Clark Blue-ringed octopus at night, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia. Story of the shot Honorable Mention – Robert Roy Decorated warbonnet taken in Port Hardy, British Columbia Click photos to view full size 1st Place – Laura Dinraths Dugong feeding with juvenile pilot jacks, Abu Dabbab, North Marsa Alam, Egypt. Story of the shot Laura won a Sea & Sea YS-01 strobe 2nd Place – Jack Berthomier Olive-headed sea snake with fresh kill, Ouemo Bay, New Caledonia. Story of the shot Jack won a Recsea RX-100 Housing 3rd Place – Erez Beatus A juvenile triggerfish finds shelter under a sandal, Eilat, Red Sea Erez won a Fantasea BlueRay Action Video Light 4th Place – Giacomo Giovannini Clownfish oxygenating her eggs at Cabilao Island, Philippines Giacomo won a stay at Lions Dive & Beach Resort, Curacao 5th Place – George Jolokai Ghost pipefish with a fresh meal, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia. Story of the shot George won a Bluewater Photo gift certificate Honorable Mention – Will Clark Rhinopia yawning against a dark background, taken in Lembeh Strait. Story of the shot Honorable Mention – Rafael Cosme Daza Triggerfish being cleaned at a wreck in the Red Sea Click photos to view full size 1st Place – Marcus Commodore Split-shot with silhouetted boatman farming seaweed in Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia. Story of the shot Marcus won a Bilikiki liveaboard trip 2nd Place – Mike Couffer Blue shark under sun rays at 14 Mile Bank in Southern California Mike won a Bluewater Photo gift certificate 3rd Place – Rafael Cosme Daza Yellow tube sponges and diver, Cozumel, Mexico Rafael won a stay with Alor Divers, Indonesia 4th Place – Stephen K. Holinski Split-shot at Kootenay Lake near Kaslo, British Columbia Stephen won a Bluewater Travel gift certificate Honorable Mention – Francesco Bazzotti Diver under an old stone bridge, Verzasca river in Taverlezzo, Switzerland Honorable Mention – Joao Bruges Octopus on the move and observing diver taken in the Azores Islands Click photos to view full size 1st Place – Guido Villani Colorful nudibranch and eggs Guido won a stay with Villa Markisa, Bali 2nd Place – Marcello Di Francesco An edemic white Flabellina with eggs, Argentario, Italy Marcello won a GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition 3rd Place – Lill Haugen Polycera quadrilineata nudibranch on the kelp, Norway Lill won a Siren Fleet liveaboard trip 4th Place – Phil Sokol Colorful nudibranch against black background, taken in Horseshoe Bay, Komodo. Story of the shot Phil won a Bluewater Travel gift certificate 5th Place – Michael Perdue Lion’s Mane (Melibe leonina) nudibranch and sunburst at Port Hardy, British Columbia Michael won a Bluewater Photo gift certificate Honorable Mention – Chang Chia-Chi Emperor shrimp riding a nudibranch, NorthEast coast of Taiwan Honorable Mention – Tobias Dahlin A nudibranch balances on a kelp blade Click photos to view full size 1st Place – Qing Lin Profile view of a tiny hairy shrimp Qing won an Oceanic OCi dive computer
2nd Place – Lill Haugen A small amphipod shares a hydroid with a nudibranch in Norway Lil won a Siren Fleet liveaboard trip
3rd Place – David Salvatori Water flea taken in Capo D’Acqua lake, Capestrano, Italy David won three 2-tank dives with Kona Honu Divers
4th Place – Alex Varani Sponge crab with eggs, taken in Bunaken, Indonesia Alex won a Bluewater Travel gift certificate
Honorable Mention – Iyad Suleyman Skeleton shrimp next to a towering tunicate Click photos to view full size 1st Place – Plamena Mileva “Ecstasy” shot at the site Korabite in the Black Sea, Sinemorec, Bulgaria Plamena won a Oceanic OCi dive computer 2nd Place – Francis Perez Freediving photographer and bait ball, taken in the Canary Islands Francis won a SMY Ondina liveaboard trip plus 50% off his guest 3rd Place – Steffen Binke A man introduces his child to the water
4th Place – Phil Davison A halocline layer and tree create an eerie mood in Cenote Angelita near Tulum, Mexico. Story of the shot Phil won a Bluewater Photo gift certificate
Steffen won a SeaLife Reefmaster camera and housing
Best of Show
1st Place: Francis Perez
2nd Place: Domenico Roscigno
3rd Place: Adriano Morettin
4th Place: Luis Javier Sandoval
5th Place: Christian Schlamann
6th Place: Matej Simonic
HM: David Salvatori
HM: Giordano Cipriani
Marine Life Behavior
1st Place: Jorgen Rasmussen
2nd Place: David Schrichte
3rd Place: Montse Grillo
4th Place: Tom Radio
Compact Marine Life Behavior
5th Place: Steven Kovacs
6th Place: Tom Radio
HM: Jan Wenger
HM: Lill Haugen
1st Place: Mohamad Abdulla
2nd Place: Thomas Burd
3rd Place: Pietro Biondo
4th Place: Andrew Lau
5th Place: Alberto Rubio Romero
HM: Lauric Thiault
HM: Ng Ching Kwan
1st Place: Abimael Marquez
2nd Place: Giacomo Giovannini
3rd Place: Rafael Cosme Daza
4th Place: Patty Woo
HM: Robert Roy
HM: Will Clark
1st Place: Laura Dinraths
2nd Place: Jack Berthomier
3rd Place: Erez Beatus
4th Place: Giacomo Giovannini
5th Place: George Jolokai
HM: Rafael Cosme Daza
HM: Will Clark
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