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DEEP Indonesia 2017

Best of Show by Ralph
Best of Show

Ralph Pace

Animal Behavior
1st Place

The annual DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition has grown to be one of the most prestigious and competitive of its kind. As part of the Underwater Competition Series, the contest is organized by DivePhotoGuide and Wetpixel. This year’s competition received thousands of entries vying for the chance to win more than $45,000 in travel and equipment prizes.

Congratulations to Ralph Pace, who took home the Best of Show award for a fantastic image of a pelagic feeding frenzy in the waters of Mexico’s Revillagigedo Islands. This image, and all the other winning photos, can be viewed right here on, as well as at the DEEP Indonesia Expo in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Thanks again to our talented judging panel, including Amanda Cotton, Daniel Botelho, Alice Grainger, Adam Hanlon, and Lia Barrett. As with all Underwater Competition contests, 15% of proceeds will be donated directly to marine conservation efforts.

Compact Cameras
Ascetic by Emanuele Vitale (Italy)
Emanuele Vitale

Location: Sicily
Play! by Stephen Holinski (Canada)
Stephen Holinski

Location: Hornby Island, British Columbia
Amphiprions by Irina Bagnova (Russian Federation)
Irina Bagnova
Russian Federation

Location: Philippines, Southern Leyte
Honorable Mention
Rhinopia portrait by Uwe Schmolke (Germany)
Uwe Schmolke

"Rhinopia portrait"
Location: Philippines
Scooter Gang by Pekka Tuuri ()
Pekka Tuuri

"Scooter Gang"
Location: Montola Mine Finland
One of the School by Kyle McBurnie ()
Kyle McBurnie

"One of the School"
Location: Grand Cayman
Shall we dance? by gang song ()
gang song

"Shall we dance?"
Location: socorro
Honorable Mention
Amongst the Rig by Kyle McBurnie ()
Kyle McBurnie

"Amongst the Rig"
Location: San Pedro, California
Animal Portrait
Rhinopias by Liang  Fu (China)
Liang Fu

Location: Tulamben Bali
Face 2 Face by Marco Gargiulo (Italy)
Marco Gargiulo

"Face 2 Face"
Location: Sorrento
Face to Face by Ferenc ifj. Lőrincz  (Hungary)
Ferenc ifj. Lőrincz

"Face to Face"
Location: Rash Mohhamed, Red Sea, Egypt
Animal Behavior
Revillagigedo Roundup by Ralph Pace ()
Ralph Pace

"Revillagigedo Roundup"
Location: Revillagigedo Archipelago
Dolphins hunting by Greg Lecoeur ()
Greg Lecoeur

"Dolphins hunting"
Location: South Africa
Fiery Catch by Justin Gilligan (Australia)
Justin Gilligan

"Fiery Catch"
Location: Tasmania, Australia
Honorable Mention
Feeding Frenzy by Noel Guevara ()
Noel Guevara

"Feeding Frenzy"
Location: German Channel, Ngemelis Island, Republic of Palau
Ballet dancing by Damien Mauric (United Kingdom)
Damien Mauric
United Kingdom

"Ballet dancing"
Location: Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Kelp forest by Allison Vitsky Sallmon (United States)
Allison Vitsky Sallmon
United States

"Kelp forest"
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California
Under the platform by Allison Vitsky Sallmon (United States)
Allison Vitsky Sallmon
United States

"Under the platform"
Location: Long Beach, California
Tunnel Vision by Beau Pilgrim ()
Beau Pilgrim

"Tunnel Vision"
Location: Cloudbreak, Fiji
Ambiguity by Beth Watson (United States)
Beth Watson
United States

Location: Puerto Galera, Philippines
Feel the Rhythm  by Beau Pilgrim ()
Beau Pilgrim

"Feel the Rhythm "
Location: Namotu Island, Fiji
Compact Cameras

Any image taken by a point-and-shoot, non-DSLR, non-interchangeable-lens camera.
Any camera with interchangeable lenses is not considered a compact, so images taken with such cameras must not be entered into this category.


Any underwater image featuring a scuba diver or freediver.

Animal Portrait

Any underwater image featuring a portrait of an animal.

Animal Behavior

Any underwater image featuring animal behavior.


Any underwater image featuring a wide angle view of a reef.


Any image featuring a wave or surfer, shot while in the water.

Liang Fu10-day dive packages to Lembeh Strait and Bangka with Critters@Lembeh and Lembeh Resort
Ralph Pace10-day dive packages to Lembeh Strait and Bangka with Critters@Lembeh and Lembeh Resort
Damien Mauric7-night dive packages to Papua New Guinea at Walindi Dive Resort
Pekka Tuuri7-night dive packages to Papua New Guinea at Walindi Dive Resort
Kyle McBurnie7 nights’ accommodation and 12 dives at Siladen Resort & Spa, Sulawesi
DS-161 Strobe or Gamma II Light from Ikelite
Beth Watson7-night package to Lembeh Strait with Eco Divers and Eco Divers Resort Lembeh
Emanuele Vitale7-night package to Lembeh Strait with Eco Divers and Eco Divers Resort Lembeh
Allison Vitsky Sallmon7 nights’ accommodation and 10 dives at Volivoli Beach Resort, Fiji
Various Video Lights from i-DiveSite
Beau Pilgrim7 nights’ accommodation and 10 dives at Volivoli Beach Resort, Fiji
Various Video Lights from i-DiveSite
Greg Lecoeur7 nights’ accommodation and 12 dives at Siladen Resort & Spa, Sulawesi
Justin GilliganVarious Video Lights from i-DiveSite
gang songVarious Video Lights from i-DiveSite
Uwe SchmolkeDS-161 Strobe or Gamma II Light from Ikelite
Stephen HolinskiDS-161 Strobe or Gamma II Light from Ikelite
Marco GargiuloDS-161 Strobe or Gamma II Light from Ikelite
Ferenc ifj. Lőrincz SubSee +5 or +10 Magnifier with custom adapter
Noel GuevaraDS-161 Strobe or Gamma II Light from Ikelite
Irina BagnovaSubSee +5 or +10 Magnifier with custom adapter
Competition Judges
Adam Hanlon

Adam Hanlon is an underwater photographer captivated with the challenge and beauty of the underwater world and passionate about its conservation. His images and reports have won international competitions and been used in prestigious publications and by world-renowned organizations worldwide. He grew up in the bush in South Africa, holds an arts degree, and has been taking pictures and shooting video underwater since the mid-1980s, and has been pursuing a career "beneath the surface" ever since. Now resident in the UK, he is the editor of Wetpixel, one of the world’s leading resources on all things underwater imaging, and through Wetpixel Expeditions, Adam leads regular photography expeditions and workshops around the world.

Alice Grainger

Alice Grainger is the multi-award-winning editor of Scuba Diver AustralAsia and Asian Diver magazines. As part of the team that runs the internationally acclaimed Asia Dive Expo (ADEX), she also fronts the event’s world-class Photo Video Seminar. Growing up in Saudi Arabia, the daughter of an environmental conservationist and Nature photographer, Alice learnt to swim in the Red Sea before she could walk, and started diving in Egypt in 1996. She began working in the dive industry in 1998, finally becoming an instructor in Indonesia in 2007, and picking up her first underwater camera in 2009. An artist and writer, with a professional background that spans not only the media, dive industry, and the Nature conservation and sustainable development sector, Alice has also been a judge for a number of national and international photographic competitions.

Amanda Cotton

Amanda Cotton is the CEO and Principal Photographer of A Cotton Photo Creative Works, and is the Founder and Executive Director of the Water Women, Inc. charity. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Professional Photography while attending Brooks Institute of Photography, where she participated in the highly acclaimed Underseas Program established by Ernie Brooks. Amanda has received numerous awards throughout her career, including several from the International Photographers Awards (IPA). Amanda has achieved membership in the Women Divers Hall of Fame, The Explorers Club, Ocean Artists Society (OAS), Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and Nikon Professional Services (NPS). Her imagery can be found in major publications, books, and news sources worldwide.

Daniel Botelho

Daniel Botelho is an award winning photojournalist that specializes in underwater photography. His work can be seen in more than a hundred advertising campaigns. Daniel’ s connection with nature dates back to his childhood, as he grew up in between the sea and the rainforest, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nowadays Daniel contributes to several publications, in more than twenty countries. Concerned with the devastation of the earth’s oceans, Daniel has become a warrior for whales and sharks which are being massacred through unsustainable practices which if left unstopped will  lead to the extinction of these animals.

Lia Barrett

Lia Barrett is a Korean born, North Carolina raised professional underwater photographer. After completing university at Parsons School of Design in New York in 2007, Lia has been on a continual pursuit of travel and adventure. From her deep-sea work in a homemade submarine off of Roatán, Honduras, to shooting world record holding freedivers, Lia has embraced the underwater world as her ultimate sanctuary. Lia is the Photo Editor of DivePhotoGuide, the definitive source for underwater photography. She is also the co-founder and Creative Director of Prawno Apparel, an ocean-minded apparel company that draws designs directly from Lia’s photographs. She has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the front page of the New York Times, BBC, CNN, Time, Outside, Huffington Post, ESPN, Playboy, The Times (UK), Men’s Journal and 60 Minutes. She has sat on several underwater photography judging panels, and finds great pleasure in encouraging other photographers to grow and develop their craft. Check out her work on and her Facebook page, and watch her TEDx talk, “Human Connection for Ocean Protection.”