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Our World Underwater 2017

Best of Show by yatwai
Best of Show

PHOTOGRAPHER
yatwai so

CATEGORY
Macro Unrestricted
1st Place

The Our World Underwater international underwater photography and video competition has become known as the “Superbowl” of underwater imaging events. 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.


$55,000 in prizes were awarded to the winners. Congratulations to Yatwai So, 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 24–26, 2017), and will be published by supporting media partners worldwide. You can enjoy the winning images and video below.

 

 

Video Winners
Gold Silver Bronze
SASCHA JANSON

 
CHISA HIDAKA AND
BENJAMIN HARLEY

 
SAROSH JACOB

 
"Aliens of the Lembeh Strait" "Dolphin Dreams: Part II" "Sailfish"

Winners
Macro Traditional
Gold
Blue Velvet by jorge marco ()
jorge marco

"Blue Velvet"
Location: Bali
Silver
Moray ell by Liang  Fu (China)
Liang Fu
China

"Moray ell"
Location: Tulamben Bali
Bronze
Tylodina by Adriano Morettin (Italy)
Adriano Morettin
Italy

"Tylodina"
Location: Gulf of Rijeka (Croatia)
Honorable Mention
Imperator on solar powered nudi by Adriano Morettin (Italy)
Adriano Morettin
Italy

"Imperator on solar powered nudi"
Location: Lembeh strait, Indonesia
Macro Unrestricted
Gold
Phantom by yatwai so (Hong Kong)
yatwai so
Hong Kong

"Phantom"
Location: Anilao
Silver
Crab Catcher by Nicholas More ()
Nicholas More

"Crab Catcher"
Location: Manado Bay, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Bronze
Brotulotaenia by Fabien Michenet (French Polynesia)
Fabien Michenet
French Polynesia

"Brotulotaenia"
Location: Tahiti
Honorable Mention
Prey? by yatwai so (Hong Kong)
yatwai so
Hong Kong

"Prey?"
Location: Anilao
Wide Angle Traditional
Gold
One in a Million by Ron Watkins (United States)
Ron Watkins
United States

"One in a Million"
Location: Alaska
Silver
Humpback Portrait by WaiHoe Mok (Singapore)
WaiHoe Mok
Singapore

"Humpback Portrait"
Location: Vava'u, Tonga
Bronze
Pelagic by Acevedo Eduardo (Spain)
Acevedo Eduardo
Spain

"Pelagic"
Location: Los Gigantes,Tenerife,España.
Honorable Mention
Thistlegorm Bedfords by Kees Opstal (Netherlands)
Kees Opstal
Netherlands

"Thistlegorm Bedfords"
Location: Egypt Red Sea
Honorable Mention
Honu Sunset by Renee Capozzola (United States)
Renee Capozzola
United States

"Honu Sunset"
Location: Maui
Wide Angle Unrestricted
Gold
Whale Trail by Beau Pilgrim ()
Beau Pilgrim

"Whale Trail"
Location: Vava'u, Tonga
Silver
Polynesian Rendezvous by Renee Capozzola (United States)
Renee Capozzola
United States

"Polynesian Rendezvous"
Location: French Polynesia
Bronze
Frond Of This Sunset by Patrick Webster ()
Patrick Webster

"Frond Of This Sunset"
Location: Pacific Grove, CA
Honorable Mention
On the Brink by WaiHoe Mok (Singapore)
WaiHoe Mok
Singapore

"On the Brink"
Location: Vava'u, Tonga
Compact Cameras
Gold
Breakfast time by J.R. Sosky ()
J.R. Sosky

"Breakfast time"
Location: Monterey, CA
Silver
Jellyfish under the sun by Enrico Somogyi ()
Enrico Somogyi

"Jellyfish under the sun"
Location: Mallorca,Spain
Bronze
Toy? by Stephen Holinski (Canada)
Stephen Holinski
Canada

"Toy?"
Location: Hornby Island, British Columbia
Honorable Mention
Magic Face of the fishes  by Melody Chuang (Taiwan)
Melody Chuang
Taiwan

"Magic Face of the fishes "
Location: Moalboal, Philippines
Commercial, Conceptual & Fashion
Gold
Cassiopeia by Alicia Franco ()
Alicia Franco

"Cassiopeia"
Location: Kona, Hawaii
Silver
Poison Tree by Conor Culver (United States)
Conor Culver
United States

"Poison Tree"
Location: Ambon, Indonesia
Bronze
Liberetas by Jan Erik Bjoroy (Norway)
Jan Erik Bjoroy
Norway

"Liberetas"
Location: Trondheim Norway
Honorable Mention
Light Amphorae by Thomas Heckmann (Germany)
Thomas Heckmann
Germany

"Light Amphorae"
Location: Pool in Germany
Categories
PHOTOS
Macro Traditional

Any image captured with a macro lens, where the size of the subject on the image sensor is life size or greater.
The "Traditional" divisions allow for the adjustment of brightness, contrast, color, and sharpness only. Cropping, cloning, and other digital manipulation is not allowed in this category. This restriction on digital manipulation enables people who are not as savvy at Photoshop to compete on more-or-less even ground as those with more experience. It also highlights composition and lighting skills by not allowing cropping and cloning. Before selecting winning entries, we reserve the right to audit your original RAW or JPG files. Please do not submit cropped or manipulated entries in this category.

Macro Unrestricted

Any image captured with a macro lens, where the size of the subject on the image sensor is life size or greater.
Unlike the "Traditional" divisions, the "Unrestricted" divisions have no specific rules regarding digital manipulation. However, as we are not running a digital manipulation contest, you should exercise care in the decisions that you make.

Wide Angle Traditional

Any image captured with a wide-angle lens (focal length 35mm or less in 35mm format).
The "Traditional" divisions allow for the adjustment of brightness, contrast, color, and sharpness only. Cropping, cloning, and other digital manipulation is not allowed in this category. This restriction on digital manipulation enables people who are not as savvy at Photoshop to compete on more-or-less even ground as those with more experience. It also highlights composition and lighting skills by not allowing cropping and cloning. Before selecting winning entries, we reserve the right to audit your original RAW or JPG files. Please do not submit cropped or manipulated entries in this category.

Wide Angle Unrestricted

Any image captured with a wide-angle lens (focal length 35mm or less in 35mm format).
Unlike the "Traditional" divisions, the "Unrestricted" divisions have no specific rules regarding digital manipulation. However, as we are not running a digital manipulation contest, you should exercise care in the decisions that you make.

Compact Cameras

Any image taken by a point-and-shoot, non-DSLR, non-interchangeable-lens camera.
For the same reason, no entries from scanned slides or DSLRs will be accepted. Although there exist many great underwater images taken by point-and-shoot cameras, it is often difficult for them to compete with DSLRs when it comes to image quality. Thus, digital manipulation is allowed, but as we are not running a digital manipulation contest, you should exercise care in the decisions that you make. Any camera with interchangeable lenses is not considered a compact, so images taken with such cameras must not be entered into this category.

Commercial, Conceptual & Fashion

Any non-wildlife focused underwater images of commercial, conceptual or fashion related subjects.
Images can be shot in a pool or in the wild, but the primary subject should not be wildlife.

VIDEOS
General

Any film five minutes or less in duration. At least 50% of the footage must be shot underwater.

yatwai so12-day liveaboard trip for two on the Seven Seas “East of Flores” cruise
Ron Watkins7-night trip on board the Fiji Siren with Worldwide Dive and Sail
Alicia Franco8-night liveaboard trip to Papua New Guinea aboard MV FeBrina
Beau Pilgrim8-night liveaboard trip to Papua New Guinea aboard MV FeBrina
jorge marco7-night dive package in Palau with Sams Tours Palau
J.R. Sosky7-night dive package in Palau with Sams Tours Palau
Liang Fu7 nights’ accommodation and 18 dives at Crystal Blue Resort, Anilao, Philippines
Enrico Somogyi7 nights’ accommodation and 18 dives at Crystal Blue Resort, Anilao, Philippines
WaiHoe Mok 7-night package at Atlantis Puerto Galera or Atlantis Dumaguete, Philippines
Nicholas More7-day package to Norway at Gulen Dive Resort
Conor Culver7-day package to Norway at Gulen Dive Resort
Stephen HolinskiVarious Lighting and Lens Accessories from Inon
Acevedo EduardoVarious Lighting and Lens Accessories from Inon
Fabien MichenetVarious Lighting and Lens Accessories from Inon
Adriano MorettinDS-161 Strobe or Gamma II Light from Ikelite
Renee CapozzolaDS-161 Strobe or Gamma II Light from Ikelite
Jan Erik BjoroyDS-161 Strobe or Gamma II Light from Ikelite
Patrick WebsterDS-161 Strobe or Gamma II Light from Ikelite
Competition Judges
PHOTO JUDGES
Abi Smigel Mullens

Abi Smigel Mullens is the associate editor of Wetpixel, a premiere online underwater photography community and website. She is also a freelance underwater photographer and writer that has been published in many popular scuba diving magazines.
In addition to shooting wildlife underwater, Abi specializes in children's underwater portraits and runs her own company, Sea Star Underwater Portraits. She is based in the San Francisco bay area and offers this service to clients and swim schools up and down the California coast.

Alex Mustard

Dr Alexander Mustard, from the UK, has been taking underwater photographs for 30 years and has worked as a full-time underwater photographer for the last decade. His photographs have attracted many awards including being category winners in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and in 2013, he was named European Wildlife Photographer of the Year as overall winner of the GDT contest. He was one of the team for the 2020VISION conservation photography project in the UK. He also runs popular underwater photography workshops at top diving destinations around the world. www.amustard.com

Berkley White

Berkley White is a leading expert in the field of underwater photography and digital image processing. As a professional photographer and instructor, he shares his in-field photographic techniques and digital methods through a series of select travel events each year. Berkley is the founder of Backscatter in Monterey, California, the largest specialty underwater photographic supplier in the US, and is the organizer of international photographic events such as the Digital Shootout.

David Doubilet David Doubilet  is considered to be among the best by editors, peers and colleagues the world over.  He has photographed over 60 stories for the National Geographic Magazine where he is currently a Contributing Photographer-in-Residence. David has documented our changing underwater world since his first assignment with the Geographic in 1971. In addition to the Geographic, David’s work continues to appear in countless publications worldwide and he is a contributing editor and feature columnists for the Behind the Shot in Sport Diver Magazine (US) and Seascapes and Dive Magazine (UK). He has authored seven books on the sea, and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including: The Sara Prize, The Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award and the Lennart Nilsson Award in Photography. David is a member of both the Royal Photographic Society and International Diving Hall of fame.

Keri Wilk

Even at the age of 27, Keri has accumulated 17 years of underwater photography experience. Being formally educated as a mechanical engineer, he currently co-owns and develops products for ReefNet, has been a regular contributor to DivePhotoGuide.com since 2009, and does freelance work for several popular dive magazines.

Keri's photography has evolved to a tremendous degree since he took his first underwater shots. He began his career by shooting images to be used primarily in ReefNet's electronic marine life field guides, but soon grew bored of the monotony of clinical side-profile identification shots. Wanting more from his time underwater, he expanded his photographic horizons, hoping to capture images of interesting and unusual behaviors in the underwater world. His success in this field was impressive, winning him several international underwater photo competitions ñ while still a teenager.