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Shawn Heinrichs, Founder & Executive Producer, Blue Sphere Media Shawn is a passionate scuba diver, cinematographer, and marine conservationist, tirelessly committed to protecting the environment he cherishes. As an independent filmmaker and founder of Blue Sphere Media, a production company specializing in underwater and adventure films, he has a unique opportunity to influence our collective mind set and globally fuel the blue movement. His award-winning work has been featured in broadcast, promotional and conservation productions around the world. In addition, he is a published conservation photojournalist. Shawn has a special affinity for pelagics including sharks, rays and marine mammals. Much of his work focuses on these threatened creatures, as a filmmaker and a conservationist. Two key areas of his focus include ending shark finning and establishing marine protected areas. Shawn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s fieldwork places him at the heart of endangered species trade, capturing rarely seen footage of these destructive networks. In furtherance of his passion, Shawn is an international advisory board member of WildAid, an organization focused on ending trade in endangered and threatened species, and Board member of Shark Savers, a grassroots organization committed to saving sharks through awareness and education. Shawn also serves as a conservation and video moderator for www.wetpixel.com, the internets leading underwater photo/video forum.
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2017 Competitions Announced with More Than $100,000 in Prizes
Posted: Monday, November 28, 2016

The 12th edition of the Underwater Competition Series, organized by founders DivePhotoGuide.com and Wetpixel.com, is returning in 2017 with over $100,000 worth of prizes up for grabs.

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New Competition
DEEP Indonesia 2017
DEEP Indonesia 2017

The 12th annual DEEP Indonesia competition will open for submission on November 28th, 2016. The 2017 edition features six themed categories and more than $45,000 in prizes, including underwater photo equipment and premium dive travel packages to some of the top photography destinations.

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Total Prizes: $45,000
Competition Deadline: Saturday, February 25, 2017 11:59PM PST

Recent Competitions

The winners of the 2016 DEEP Indonesia imaging competition have been announced! With more than $45,000 in prizes, this year’s contest attracted thousands of entries in several themed categories. The Best of Show was awarded to Mathieu Foulquié for his stunning image of mating toads.

Best of Show by Mathieu
Best of Show

PHOTOGRAPHER
Mathieu Foulquié

CATEGORY
Animal Behavior
1st Place
Reefscapes Winning Photograph by Alfonso

PHOTOGRAPHER
Alfonso Expósito

CATEGORY
Reefscapes
1st Place
Divers Winning Photograph by Gianni

PHOTOGRAPHER
Gianni Pecchiar

CATEGORY
Divers
1st Place

The 2016 competition winners have been announced! Congratulations to all the underwater photographers who participated, and to the winners from around the world. The Our World Underwater competition has become one of the most prestigous international underwater imagery events, and over $55,000 of world-class prizes have been awarded, including a $1,000 cash prize to the Best of Show winner – Fabien Michenet.

Best of Show by Fabien
Best of Show

PHOTOGRAPHER
Fabien Michenet

CATEGORY
Wide Angle Unrestricted
1st Place
Macro Traditional Winning Photograph by Neal

PHOTOGRAPHER
Neal Hoogenboom

CATEGORY
Macro Traditional
1st Place
Compact Cameras Winning Photograph by Bert

PHOTOGRAPHER
Bert Willaert

CATEGORY
Compact Cameras
1st Place

The winners of the 2015 DEEP Indonesia imaging competition have been announced! With more than $40,000 in prizes, this year’s contest attracted thousands of entries in several themed categories. The Best in Show was awarded to Eduardo Acevedo for his stunning image of a fish captured in the tentacles of a man-o’-war.

Best of Show by Acevedo
Best of Show

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Acevedo Eduardo

CATEGORY
Animal Portrait
1st Place
Reefscapes Winning Photograph by Alfonso

PHOTOGRAPHER
Alfonso Exposito

CATEGORY
Reefscapes
1st Place
Animal Behavior Winning Photograph by Petar

PHOTOGRAPHER
Petar Sabol

CATEGORY
Animal Behavior
1st Place

The 2015 competition winners have been announced! Congratulations to all the underwater photographers who participated, and to the winners from around the world. The Our World Underwater competition has become one of the most prestigous international underwater imagery events, and over $50,000 of world-class prizes have been awarded, including a $1,000 cash prize to the Best of Show winner - Anthony Berberian.

Best of Show by Anthony
Best of Show

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Anthony Berberian

CATEGORY
Macro Unrestricted
1st Place
Commercial, Conceptual & Fashion Winning Photograph by Steffen

PHOTOGRAPHER
Steffen Binke

CATEGORY
Commercial, Conceptual & Fashion
1st Place
Compact Cameras Winning Photograph by Marc

PHOTOGRAPHER
Marc Casanovas Felix

CATEGORY
Compact Cameras
1st Place

The 8th annual DEEP Indonesia is now complete. The 2014 competition has seven themed categories and over $40,000 in prizes, including underwater photo equipment and premium dive travel packages to some of the top photo destinations in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and The Maldvies.

Best of Show by Bert
Best of Show

PHOTOGRAPHER
Bert Willaert

CATEGORY
Compact Cameras
1st Place
Animal Portrait Winning Photograph by Acevedo

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Acevedo Eduardo

CATEGORY
Animal Portrait
1st Place
Reefscapes Winning Photograph by Allison

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Allison Vitsky Sallmon

CATEGORY
Reefscapes
1st Place