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Underwater Photographers

We are dedicated to producing the highest quality competition series and supporting the global community of amateur and professional underwatewr photographers and videographers. This page will showcase the top 10 photographers based on cumulative score along with their winning images and which competitions they placed in. Our video rankings are coming soon. You can keep track of who's best and how the rankings change year to year.
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Keri Wilk (Canada)
Although only 26 years old, Keri has already accumulated close to 16 years of underwater photography experience. Educated as a mechanical engineer, he currently designs and develops products for ReefNet and is part of DivePhotoGuide.com's editorial team. Over the years, his work has appeared in countless magazines, scientific journals, field guides, books, and museums.
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (19)
2nd Place

Our World Underwater 2008
Macro Traditional
Honorable Mention

Our World Underwater 2006
Macro Unrestricted
Honorable Mention

Our World Underwater 2009
Macro Unrestricted
Honorable Mention

Our World Underwater 2009
Super Macro Traditional
3rd Place

Our World Underwater 2009
Macro Unrestricted
1st Place

Our World Underwater 2009
Super Macro Traditional
1st Place

Our World Underwater 2010
Wide Angle Unrestricted
Honorable Mention

Our World Underwater 2010
Macro Unrestricted
1st Place

Our World Underwater 2010
Macro Traditional
2nd Place

Our World Underwater 2010
Macro Traditional
1st Place

Our World Underwater 2010
Super Macro Traditional
2nd Place

Our World Underwater 2010
Super Macro Traditional
3rd Place

DEEP Indonesia 2010
Animal Portrait
3rd Place

Our World Underwater 2011
Macro Traditional
1st Place

Our World Underwater 2011
Wide Angle Traditional
Honorable Mention

Our World Underwater 2011
Wide Angle Unrestricted
2nd Place

DEEP Indonesia 2011
Animal Portrait
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Noam Kortler (Israel)

Noam moved to Eilat in the red sea 13 years ago to work as a diving instructor. He opened his own dive center in 2004 and named it "Nemo Divers". Noam started taking photos underwater in 1999 for the first time with Nikonos V with no knowledge of photography what so ever and slowly taught himself "how to do it right". In 2006, he obtained his first Digital camera (Nikon D2X) and Housing (Seacam). Since then he started to take photography more seriously and wine competitions around the world. Today, he still teaches diving at Nemo Divers and teaching underwater photography for beginners and professionals .


WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (9)
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Magnus Lundgren (Sweden)
Magnus Lundgren, swedish wildlife photographer, believes that inspiration is the key. -Mother nature always brings some sort of rugged unsentimental truth to me. She inspires and makes me plain happy. Nature is a bit like a great football game, unrehearsed, exciting and does not try to be anything else than what it is. Magnus work is published world wide and is personally a bit proud to be awarded several times in WPY in London. His images been published within the concept Visions of Earth on two different occasions in National Geographic Magazine. Currently he is one of the four Directors running the biggest photographic intiative ever called Wild Wonders of Europe, www.wild-wonders.com, which is a joint effort of 69 wildlife photographers. To get in contact with Magnus visit mail magnus@aquagraphics.se
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (7)
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Chris Gug (United States)
With a underwater photographic career that has taken him to over 40 countries, the lion's share of his images come from the Turks & Caicos Islands and from Papua New Guinea, where he lived for 7 and 2 years, respectively. Now based in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Chris (simply called "Gug" by friends) runs his fine art photography gallery and freelances with various clients and publications worldwide.
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (8)
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Anders Salesjö (Sweden)
The underwater world is both Anders passion and career. He is a professional underwater photographer and marine biologist with an enormous interest in the creatures of the sea. When he is not in the water taking pictures he gives inspiring lectures about marine fauna. Anders loves to share his passion for the ocean with others and teaches marine biology at high school as well as university level. He also does a lot of public presentations with his own photographs. More of Anders\'s photography can be viewed at http://www.salesjo.com
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (6)
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Marcus Commodore (Thailand)
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (5)
1st Place

1st Place

DEEP Indonesia 2011
Compact Cameras
1st Place

DEEP Indonesia 2012
Compact Cameras
2nd Place

DEEP Indonesia 2013
Compact Cameras
3rd Place

DEEP Indonesia 2013
Compact Cameras
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Maria Rivarola (Indonesia)
Maria is an avid scuba diver and underwater photographer who looks at her sport as much more than an adventure. Through the combination of both activities she has developed a greater level of appreciation for the marine environment and understanding of the destruction that is taking place to our marine ecosystems. As Maria notes on her website, “I hope that my images not only do justice to the beauty of life in our wonderful oceans, but awaken compassion and inspire a greater determination to champion the preservation and respect for the very fragile marine ecosystems for which only we have the power to protect”.
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (6)
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Borut Furlan (Slovenia)
Borut Furlan was born in 1959 in Postojna, Slovenia, and is now living in Ljubljana. He has a Master of Science (M.Sc.)  degree in chemistry and is working in a pharmaceutical industry. Borut started diving in 1977 and is a member of the oldest diving club in Slovenia, DRM Ljubljana, which was founded in 1952. He entered the world of underwater photography in 1979, building his own underwater housing for his first camera and later he built three more. Since 1998 he uses state of the art Seacam underwater camera housings. Since 1980 he uses exclusively Nikon photographic equipment, from 2006 digital Nikon D2x.
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (5)
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Stephen Holinski (Canada)
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (8)
3rd Place

2nd Place

Honorable Mention

DEEP Indonesia 2010
Compact Cameras
1st Place

DEEP Indonesia 2010
Compact Cameras
3rd Place

DEEP Indonesia 2011
Compact Cameras
3rd Place

Honorable Mention

2nd Place

DEEP Indonesia 2014
Compact Cameras
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Dale Sanders ()
Dale Sanders is a professional photographer based on Vancouver Island in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  He has been diving and photographing many of the worlds most spectacular diving locations for over thirty years, but still finds some of the very best diving to be at home in the waters of British Columbia.  He has published a book on the area entitled "The Emerald Sea",  and has recently returned from six weeks of diving and photographing beneath the ice in Canada's arctic, working with an IMAX film crew. Dale shoots Canon EOS DSLR cameras in AQUATICA housings,  with Ikelite Strobes and Nocturnal Lights focusing lights.
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (4)
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Aaron Wong (Singapore)
For over a decade, commercial photographer Aaron Wong (www.aaronsphotocraft.com) has shot for fashion magazines, celebrity profiles, and advertising campaigns all over the world with clients like Levi’s and Elle, and with celebrities like Gong Li and Mandy Moore.
No stranger to water, the native Singaporean has been going out to sea since he could remember. But it wasn’t until 2004 that he took the plunge into the world of underwater photography. Since that momentous date, he’s garnered several international underwater photography awards including BBC wildlife photographer, Our World Underwater, and Through the Lens. In 2006 Aaron merged his two greatest passions by bringing fashion photography underwater in his ongoing “WATER.COLORS” project. Images from WATER.COLORS have won awards, fronted ad campaigns, and featured prominently in fashion magazines. Recently, Aaron was chosen by Sony to produce a series of images based on his WATER.COLORS project for Sony’s latest line of DSLR cameras. Aaron now divides his time between studio work and the exploration of Asia’s tropical waters, while dreaming of crazier ideas to shoot.

WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (5)
1st Place

Our World Underwater 2007
Wide Angle Unrestricted
2nd Place

Our World Underwater 2008
Environment and Conservation
2nd Place

Our World Underwater 2008
Wide Angle Traditional
2nd Place

Our World Underwater 2008
Wide Angle Unrestricted
2nd Place

Our World Underwater 2011
Wide Angle Unrestricted
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Alessio Viora (Italy)
Born in 1965 on Lake Orta in Italy I have always been attracted by water and I learned to swin and dive long before dive permit became obligatory. Since 1998 with Nikonos I started uw photography and since 2000 I have won more than 100 prizes around the globe. My favourite dives are in freshwater rivers and lakes but I have been diving a lot in sea water too in all seas and oceans and still like it a lot !
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (7)
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Shawn Heinrichs (United States)
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.
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (4)
1st Place

Our World Underwater 2013
Commercial, Conceptual & Fashion
2nd Place

Our World Underwater 2013
Commercial, Conceptual & Fashion
1st Place

Our World Underwater 2014
Commercial, Conceptual & Fashion
3rd Place

Our World Underwater 2014
Commercial, Conceptual & Fashion
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Bartosz Strozynski (Poland)
polish origin, based in Poznan, Scuba diver, underwater photographer, composer, songs writer, songs performer, sculptor www.fimufo.com
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (6)
Honorable Mention

Our World Underwater 2009
Wide Angle Unrestricted
3rd Place

Our World Underwater 2010
Wide Angle Unrestricted
1st Place

DEEP Indonesia 2010
Animal Behavior
3rd Place

Our World Underwater 2011
Commercial, Conceptual & Fashion
2nd Place

Our World Underwater 2012
Wide Angle Unrestricted
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David Barrio (Spain)
I was born in Santander, (north coast of Spain), 35 years ago where I studied civil engineering. I didn´t take up diving until I moved to work to the Canary Islands seven years ago, where I took my OWD with four friends. I don´t remember why I bought my first camera in 2004 but I can surely remember I didn´t know anything about underwater photography (or any photography at all), so I am not the kind of photographer that has been diving and shooting forever but, in the end, I got hooked with UWP and started to spend all of my weekends and holidays underwater all over the world. In these years we (my girlfriend and model) have been published in various magazines, covers, entered many contests and shootouts being lucky enough to win some of them such as the El Hierro UWP competition, Mogan Photo shootout, NCUPS Best of show Bob Commer award etc... www.davidbarrio.com
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (6)
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Edvin Eng (Malaysia)
Edvin is a Dive Instructor and was certified as an Open Water Diver in 2002. He was instantly attracted with the beauty of the underwater world & decided to pursue this passion intensively. He decided to pick up underwater photography and have been doing it since 2004. Apart from Underwater Photography, he has a strong passion for exploring unknown dive sites. He now work & teaches at Ocean Xplorer in Malaysia and constantly lead dive trips around the South East Asia Region. Edvin hopes that through his work, he can educate the public and create a greater awareness for our Ocean & Reefs.
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (4)
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Gianni Pecchiar (Italy)
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (5)
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Jose Alejandro Alvarez (Dominican Republic)
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (6)
1st Place

Best of Show
Our World Underwater 2007
Macro Unrestricted
Honorable Mention

Our World Underwater 2007
Macro Unrestricted
3rd Place

Our World Underwater 2006
Wide Angle Traditional
Honorable Mention

Our World Underwater 2009
Wide Angle Traditional
Honorable Mention

Our World Underwater 2010
Wide Angle Traditional
3rd Place

DEEP Indonesia 2011
Environment and Conservation
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Jeffrey de Guzman (Philippines)
Based in the Philippines, photographer Jeff de Guzman’s day job is an executive in the heavy-equipment industry. He took up scuba diving in 1986, but only began underwater photography in May 2006. Since then he’s accumulated over two dozen international awards and had images published countless magazines and marine-life ID books. Jeff’s greatest dream as an underwater photographer was realized when he was published in the 2011 December issue of National Geographic, but this creative and talented photographer isn't stopping there.
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (5)
2nd Place

Our World Underwater 2009
Super Macro Traditional
2nd Place

Our World Underwater 2010
Macro Unrestricted
Honorable Mention

DEEP Indonesia 2011
Animal Portrait
2nd Place

Our World Underwater 2012
Macro Unrestricted
2nd Place

Our World Underwater 2014
Macro Unrestricted
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Todd Bretl (United States)
Todd is an underwater photographer based out of Seattle, WA. More of his work can be seen at www.toddbretl.com
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (3)
1st Place

Our World Underwater 2013
Macro Unrestricted
1st Place

DEEP Indonesia 2013
Animal Portrait
2nd Place

Our World Underwater 2014
Wide Angle Unrestricted
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Carlos Villoch (Spain)
Carlos fell in love with the ocean since he first wore a diving mask in the 70’s. His mum still remembers him going to sleep wearing his fins and mask. A former computer engineer, he quitted his office job in rainy England and move to the warm tropics. In the 90’s he worked as dive instructor, camera man and photographer in the Caymans, Australia and Papua New Guinea. His work as photographer has taken him to the most remote and exciting dive destinations in every continent, from Antarctica to Micronesia. His photos have illustrated 70 front covers and are published in magazines around the world, used for advertising and displayed in aquariums and museum exhibitions. He is an award winner in the BBC-Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year and his images are often placed in the first positions in photo contests and shoot-outs. With his pictorial and written stories Carlos spreads an environmental message increasing awareness of marine issues. At present he runs the MagicSea.com photo library and shares his passion for the ocean through his underwater photography seminars and trips.
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (5)
3rd Place

Our World Underwater 2009
Environment and Conservation
3rd Place

Our World Underwater 2010
Wide Angle Traditional
2nd Place

Our World Underwater 2012
Wide Angle Traditional
1st Place

DEEP Indonesia 2012
Environment and Conservation
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Indra Swari Wonowidjojo (Indonesia)
A keen diver for over a decade and it was not until 2006 that she took up underwater photography. Magazines, books and friends are her source of knowledge on photography. Not once she imagined that she would go this far with it. Nowadays, her camera will follow her on every diving trips. To capture the beauty of the underworld is always a challenge.
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (6)
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Bert Willaert (Belgium)
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (2)
1st Place

1st Place

Best of Show
DEEP Indonesia 2014
Compact Cameras
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Dale Sanders ()
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (2)
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Yeang Chng ()
Yeang Ch'ng is a MD-PhD student at Harvard who recently received his PhD in Neuroscience and is completing his final year of medical school. Aside from photography, he is interested in how the brain works and hopes that a future career in neuroradiology may combine all his interests.
WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS (4)
The following photographers have placed in one or more competitions. The list is alphabetical.
Aaron Wong
Acevedo Eduardo
Adam Minu
Adriano Morettin
ADRIANO MORETTIN
Agung Rachwan
Al Sweeting
Alan Lo
Alessio Viora
Alex Rush
Alex Dawson
Alex Tattersall
Alex Tattersall
Alexander Safonov
Alexey Stoyda
Alexey Stoyda
Allen Walker
Allison Vitsky Sallmon
Amanda Nicholls
Amir Stern
Anatoly Beloshchin
Anders Korsvall
Anders Salesjö
Andi Voeltz
Andre Seale
Andrea Pescarolo
Andrew Sallmon
Andrew MacLeod
Andy Chan
Andy Lerner
Ann Worthy
Anthony Plummer
Bartosz Strozynski
Bela Nasfay
Beo Brockhausen
Bert Willaert
Bettina Balnis
Bonnie Zaleski
Borut Furlan
Bruno Moors
Burkhard Ohlendorf
Burkhard Ohlendorf
Cal Mero
Carlos Virgili Ribé
Carlos Villoch
Carlos Villoch
Carol Grant
chia chi chang
Chip Scarlett
Chris Gug
Christian Skauge
Christian Vizl
Christian Loader
Christine Smith
Claude Ruff
Conor Culver
Cor Bosman
Cornelia Thieme
Cynthia Abgarian
Dale Sanders
Dale Sanders
Damien Siviero
Dany Weinberg
David Salvatori
David Barrio
David Leonard
David Gallardo
David Henshaw
Debi Henshaw
dennis vandermeersch
dennis vandermeersch
Dianti Andajani
Diego Forero
domenico roscigno
Donald Brown
Douglas Hoffman
Douglas Hoffman
Edvin Eng
Eiko Jones
Elena Kalis
Erin Quigley
Erwin Kodiat
Espen Rekdal
Esteban Toré
Eugene Goh
EunJae Im
Fabien Michenet
federica bambi
Filip Staes
filippo borghi
Francesco De Marchi
Francesco Ricciardi
Francis Pérez
Frank Baensch
Frank Baensch
Fredrik Ehrenström
Gabriele Donati
Galice Hoarau
Gary Brennand
Gary Tan
Gavin Parsons
Gazzaroli Claudio
Geprge Vincent
Gerard Rotse
Gianni Pecchiar
Giordano Cipriani
Glen Cowans
Glenn Zavalko
Greg Bang
Guenther Dietmar
Guy Carter
Hamid Rad
hani bader
Helmut Theiss
Hermawan Wong
Indra Swari Wonowidjojo
Isgro Paolo
jackie campbell
Jacques de Vos
Jannik Pedersen
Jeffrey Honda
Jeffrey Hartog
Jeffrey de Guzman
Jeffrey Hartog
Jeremy Kozman
Jevin Surjadi
Jim Chen
Jim Patterson
Joao Paulo Krajewski
JOAQUIN GUTIERREZ
Jody Elliott
Joel Penner
John Trone
John Hill
John Albers-Mead
John Johnson
John Scarlett
John Wallis
Jonas Thormar
Jonas Thormar
Jonas Vannar
Jongwon Woo
Jorgen Rasmussen
Jose Alejandro Alvarez
Jose Angel Fernandez Esparza
Juanmi Alemany
Judy Townsend
Judy Johnson
Julia Edwards
Julie Lucas
Jurgen Pesch
Justin Gilligan
Justin Ebert
Karel Bernard
Karen Doody
Karl Dietz
Katy Danca Galli
Keri Wilk
Kim Yusuf
Kimfai Mau
Lawrence Alex Wu
Lazaro Ruda
leena roy
Lill Haugen
Linda Cline
Linda Blanchard
Liz Harlin
Liz Harlin
Luc Rooman
Luc Eeckhaut
Magnus Lundgren
Manuel Silva
Marc Montocchio
Marcello Di Francesco
Marchione Giacomo
Marco Caraceni
Marco Caraceni
Marcus Commodore
Margo Cavis
Maria Rivarola
Maria Frontado
Marina Kochetova
Mark Tipple
Mark Tipple
Mark van Coller
Mark Fuller
Martin Strmiska
Martin Heyn
Martin Oernroth
Matt Curnock
Matthew Tworkowski
Matthew Potenski
Matthias Blättler
Maxim Tomashevich
Michael McEvoy
Michael Carey
Michael Otton
Michele Davino
Mike Roberts
Muljadi Pinneng Sulungbudi
Nicholas Samaras
Noam Kortler
Nuno Sá
Octavio Aburto
Oktay Calisir
Olaf Veltman
Oren Lederman
Orhan Aytur
Paolo Rossi
PARNUPONG NORASETHKAMOL
pasquale vassallo
Pasquale Pascullo
Patrick Neumann
Patty Woo
Pauline Gola
Pedro Carrillo
Peter Riekstins
Phil Sokol
Pietro Formis
Raimundo Fernandez
Ramón Domínguez
Ric Frazier
Rick Coleman
rodrigo friscione
Roger Beeden
Roger Carlson
Ron Watkins
Ronald Boyes
Ronny Rengkung
Ross Gudgeon
Ross Armstrong
Rui Guerra
Sam Cahir
Sami Abdelmalik
Scott Portelli
Selmeczi Daniel
Shane Gross
Sharon Williams
Shawn Heinrichs
Shen Collazo
Songpol Amnartsingh
Stefano Proakis
Stephen Holinski
Steven Jacobs
Steven Kovacs
Steven Trainoff
Stuart Westmorland
Sue Jarvis
SUMER VERMA
SUMER VERMA
Suzanne Long
Tamás Szabó
Tammy Gibbs
Theresa Guise
Thomas Heckmann
Tibor Dombovari
Tina Rast
Todd Mintz
Todd Winner
Todd Bretl
Todd Essick
Todd Mintz
Udo van Dongen
Umeed Mistry
Uwe Schmolke
Uwe Schmolke
Victor Zucker
Viktor Lyagushkin
Vincent Truchet
vinny turner
Wayne MacWilliams
Will Clark
William Goodwin
William Goodwin
Yan Ottesen
Yeang Chng
Yeow Chuan Chua ( Pan )
yigal aharoni
Zac Macaulay