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Masters Underwater Imaging Competition 2022

Best of Show by Martin
Best of Show

Martin Broen

Black & White

The Masters Underwater Imaging Competition has become the “World Championship” of international underwater imagery events. The competition celebrates the splendor of the oceans and the challenging art of underwater photography and video.

Our esteemed panel of judges—Erin Quigley, Kurt Amsler, Marty Snyderman, Renee Capozzola, Tom St George, and William Tan—pored over thousands of entries submitted by shooters from all over the world.

Congratulations to Martin Broen, who won the grand prize for his 1st place image in the Black & White category, taking home $1,000 in cash. We would also like to congratulate the 1st place winners in the other categories: Renata Romeo (Traditional), Nicolas Remy (Macro), Raffaele Livornese (Wide Angle), JillAnne Ward McCarty (Over-Under), and Alex del Olmo (Short Film).

The winners will be published by supporting media partners worldwide. You can enjoy the winning images and videos below.

As with all Underwater Competition Series events, 15% of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.

Best of Show by Martin

Black & White
Martin Broen United States
Lion Rays by Renata Romeo (Italy)

Renata Romeo

"Lion Rays"
Location: Makadi Bay, Hurgada, Red Sea
Leafy seadragon in the sun by Nicolas Remy (Australia)

Nicolas Remy

"Leafy seadragon in the sun"
Location: Rapid Bay, South Australia
Salmon 1 by Yung-Sen Wu (Taiwan)

Yung-Sen Wu

"Salmon 1"
Location: Adams River Canada
Honorable Mention
Mobula dance by Vanessa Mignon ()

Vanessa Mignon

"Mobula dance"
Location: Mexico
Honorable Mention
Tannic Glow by Martin Broen (United States)

Martin Broen
United States

"Tannic Glow"
Location: Cancun, Mexico
Dragon in a Dream by Nicolas Remy (Australia)

Nicolas Remy

"Dragon in a Dream"
Location: Rapid Bay, Australia
Little Beauty by Enrico Somogyi (Germany)

Enrico Somogyi

"Little Beauty"
Location: Cala Sant Vincenc, Mallorca,Spain
new life by Alessandro Giannaccini (Italy)

Alessandro Giannaccini

"new life"
Location: sharm el sheikh
Honorable Mention
The design of Nature by Suzan Meldonian (United States)

Suzan Meldonian
United States

"The design of Nature"
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
Honorable Mention
Yellow gobies with green mini goby in the shell. by Adriano Morettin (Italy)

Adriano Morettin

"Yellow gobies with green mini goby in the shell."
Location: Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
Wide Angle
Godiva in the sunshine by Raffaele Livornese (Italy)

Raffaele Livornese

"Godiva in the sunshine"
Location: Gulf of Neaples Italy
Face to face in the dark by Taner Atilgan (Turkey)

Taner Atilgan

"Face to face in the dark"
Location: Funchal / Madeira
Face to Face by Mirko Zanni (Switzerland)

Mirko Zanni

"Face to Face"
Location: Canada
Honorable Mention
Car Wash Cavern with Tannic Water by Fan Ping (China)

Fan Ping

"Car Wash Cavern with Tannic Water"
Location: Mexico
Honorable Mention
frogs spawn by Naohiro Takasu (Japan)

Naohiro Takasu

"frogs spawn"
Location: Owase, Japan
Stingray at Dawn by JillAnne Ward McCarty (United States)

JillAnne Ward McCarty
United States

"Stingray at Dawn"
Location: Grand Cayman
Sharks and birds by Borut Furlan  (Slovenia)

Borut Furlan

"Sharks and birds"
Location: French Polynesia
Compass jellyfish at sunrise by Martin Stevens (United Kingdom)

Martin Stevens
United Kingdom

"Compass jellyfish at sunrise"
Location: Cornwall, UK
Honorable Mention
sunset over the reef by Nathalie Rodrigues (France)

Nathalie Rodrigues

"sunset over the reef"
Location: terre sainte reunion
Honorable Mention
Toads by Claudio Zori (Italy)

Claudio Zori

Location: Monticolo Lake-Italy
Black & White
Big Cave Chamber by Martin Broen (United States)

Martin Broen
United States

"Big Cave Chamber"
Location: Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
The Next Generation by Sage Ono (United States)

Sage Ono
United States

"The Next Generation"
Location: San Carlos Beach, California
Chandelier At Night by Wen Chou Wu (Taiwan)

Wen Chou Wu

"Chandelier At Night"
Location: Romblon, Philippines
Honorable Mention
Cenote Xulu by Herbert Meyrl (Germany)

Herbert Meyrl

"Cenote Xulu"
Location: Mexico, Quintana Roo
Honorable Mention
Circle of light by Gianni Pecchiar (Italy)

Gianni Pecchiar

"Circle of light"
Location: Rt. Kamenjak National Park, Pula, Croatia
Short Film

Alex del Olmo
"Out of the Black and into the Blue: Banda Sea"

Mattias Granberg
"Coldwater Diversity"

Alex del Olmo
"Out of the Black and into the Blue: Triton Bay"
Honorable Mention

Tobias Dahlin
"What Have We Done?"
Honorable Mention

Alfred Schaschl

Any image (macro or wide angle) captured in the “traditional” way—that is, with strictly limited post-processing. Only global adjustment of brightness, contrast, color, and sharpness is allowed. Cropping, cloning, and other digital manipulation are not permitted. 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 will audit your original RAW files.


Any close-up image captured with a macro lens, where the reproduction ratio is between 1:10 and 1:1, or greater. Unlike the “Traditional” category, this category has 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

Any image captured with a wide-angle lens (focal length 35mm or less in 35mm format). Unlike the “Traditional” category, this category has 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.


Any image where the lower portion is underwater and the upper portion is above water. Splits, aka half-and-halfs, will be judged on the merits of the picture as a whole.

Black & White

Any single-toned image, such as black and white, or sepia, with no additional accent color.

Short Film

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

Prize Assignments
Alex del Olmo7-night package at Atlantis Puerto Galera or Atlantis Dumaguete, Philippines
7-day packages at Solitude Lembeh Resort, Indonesia or Solitude Acacia Resort, Anilao, Philippines
Martin Broen9-night liveaboard trip with MV Oceania, Papua New Guinea
Various lighting equipment from Ikelite
Various lighting and lens accessories from Inon
Various imaging equipment from Backscatter
Nicolas Remy10-day dive packages at Lembeh Strait and Bangka with Critters@Lembeh and Lembeh Resort
Various lighting equipment from Ikelite
JillAnne Ward McCarty7-night trip to the Solomon Islands aboard the Solomons PNG Master
Renata Romeo10-day dive packages at Lembeh Strait and Bangka with Critters@Lembeh and Lembeh Resort
Wen Chou Wu7-night dive package at Walindi Dive Resort, Papua New Guinea
Raffaele Livornese7-night liveaboard trip with Dive Damai
Enrico Somogyi7-night packages at Crystal Blue Resort, Anilao, Philippines
Martin Stevens7-night packages at Crystal Blue Resort, Anilao, Philippines
Borut Furlan 7-night packages with Eco Divers Lembeh, Indonesia
Mirko Zanni7-night packages with Eco Divers Lembeh, Indonesia
Sage Ono7-day packages at Solitude Lembeh Resort, Indonesia or Solitude Acacia Resort, Anilao, Philippines
Yung-Sen Wu5-night packages at Siladen Resort & Spa, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Alessandro Giannaccini5-night packages at Siladen Resort & Spa, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Taner Atilgan7-day packages at Gulen Dive Resort, Norway
Mattias Granberg7-day packages at Gulen Dive Resort, Norway
Gianni Pecchiar3-day diving safari in Tulamben with Bali Diving Academy
Naohiro TakasuVarious imaging equipment from Isotta
Various imaging equipment from Backscatter
Suzan MeldonianVarious lighting and lens accessories from Inon
Various imaging equipment from Backscatter
Claudio ZoriVarious lighting equipment from Ikelite
Fan PingVarious lighting equipment from Ikelite
Adriano MorettinVarious lighting equipment from Ikelite
Vanessa MignonVarious lighting equipment from Ikelite
Tobias DahlinVarious imaging equipment from Isotta
Herbert MeyrlVarious lighting and lens accessories from Inon
Nathalie RodriguesVarious imaging equipment from Backscatter
Alfred SchaschlVarious imaging equipment from Backscatter
10-day dive packages at Lembeh Strait and Bangka with Critters@Lembeh and Lembeh Resort


Lembeh Resort is a spectacular boutique style resort situated on Lembeh Island and perched above the beautiful Strait. The property is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and blends perfectly into the landscape. All guest cottages boast spacious verandas for perfect views of glorious North Sulawesi sunsets and an intimate connection with nature. Modern amenities including air-conditioning, mini bar, wifi internet and massage ensure your comfort and relaxation.

Various lighting equipment from Ikelite


Ikelite has manufactured underwater flashlights, compasses and photographic equipment since 1962, introducing many innovative new products to the diving industry like the first O-ring sealed underwater light to incorporate a sealed beam bulb, and the first diving compass with a rotating bezel and direct reading degrees. Ikelite manufactures a diverse line of underwater photographic equipment that ranges from housings for simple point-and-shoot cameras to exotic housings for slr and video cameras. Ikelite is famous for the design and manufacture of sophisticated electronic flash units, strobe mounting systems, and a wide range of unique accessories for underwater photography.

DS230 213Ws TTL Strobe DS160 II 160Ws TTL Strobe DS51 II 50Ws TTL Strobe
7-night packages at Crystal Blue Resort, Anilao, Philippines


Crystal Blue Resort is the first resort in Anilao, Philippines to be purpose-built for underwater photographers. With low guest-to-guide ratios, limited boat loads, long bottom times, and professionally trained guides, the resort ensures that guests experience the best of what Anilao has to offer. Anilao is well known throughout the world for its high-impact macro subjects, so bring your critter list along for the hunt! Crystal Blue Resort’s grounds are well manicured, organized and ready to meet the high standard of any well-traveled photographer or group. Chef prepared meals, air-conditioned rooms, nitrox, and the resort’s renowned house reef are awaiting your arrival.

7-night packages with Eco Divers Lembeh, Indonesia


Eco Divers’ highly experienced Lembeh guides know every inch of the Strait and will show you where the best critter action can be found. You’ll stay in a unique location, the only white sandy beach in Lembeh Strait, and all rooms have an amazing ocean view. Elegantly furnished and air-conditioned throughout, each double bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with Western-style toilet, shower and hot and cold running water.

7-day packages at Solitude Lembeh Resort, Indonesia or Solitude Acacia Resort, Anilao, Philippines


Welcome to Solitude Liveaboards & Resorts, a forward-thinking collection of resorts and liveaboards committed to crafting exceptional experiences in breathtaking locales known for their vibrant marine life and welcoming communities. From its inception, our founders shared a vision to establish an intimate portfolio of boutique liveaboards and resorts that prioritize hospitality, value, and the well-being of guests and staff alike. Our unwavering dedication ensures that every guest is treated as a VVIP, with warm and sincere hospitality from the moment of arrival. Our devoted team wholeheartedly strives to provide outstanding service, creating indelible memories for each guest in our care. Join us in discovering extraordinary moments in some of the world’s most captivating destinations.

5-night packages at Siladen Resort & Spa, Sulawesi, Indonesia


Siladen Resort & Spa is an exclusive boutique dive resort located on Pulau Siladen, a lush tropical island in the heart of the Bunaken National Marine Park—a protected ocean area known worldwide for the richness of its waters and the epicenter of global marine biodiversity. Since the first guest in 2003, the international resort offers guests the most attractive, exquisite and secluded comfort in Sulawesi, plus the region’s most unforgettable diving and snorkeling. The spa at Siladen gives you a unique opportunity to relax, benefit from traditional treatments, rest your mind and pamper your body. Indulge in soothing, uplifting and restorative therapies based on ancient knowledge and with all natural ingredients. The spa’s aromatherapy treatments use the finest oils exclusively prepared in Bali.

7-day packages at Gulen Dive Resort, Norway


Gulen Dive Resort is located in western Norway, in the coastal area of Sogne Fjord, the world’s largest. The diving centre is surrounded by many unique and varied dive sites, ranging from big WWII wrecks to icy nature dives. The resort’s house reef is home to more species of nudibranchs than anywhere else in Europe—all found in the same place. Gulen Dive Resort is a Netto-positive dive travel company, meaning it releases fewer CO2 emissions or other related gases that damage our global environment than it captures with its sustainability program.

7-night trip to the Solomon Islands aboard the Solomons PNG Master


Master Liveaboards was founded as Worldwide Dive and Sail (WWDAS) in 2004 with a simple aim to push the boundaries of liveaboard diving. In short order, they had expanded into Siren Fleet, with liveaboard yachts dotted around Southeast Asia. On the back of this, in 2014, Galapagos Master became the first vessel to bear the current brand name, with the fleet then steadily growing across the Pacific and Caribbean. Through the last few years, there has been consolidation and Master Liveaboards now fully encompasses the Siren Fleet and Master Liveaboards vessels. They are plying the waters of Galapagos, The Bahamas, Bikini Atoll, Solomon Islands, Truk Lagoon, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Palau. The aim remains simple: to push dive industry standards and provide guests with an unsurpassed liveaboard diving experience.

9-night liveaboard trip with MV Oceania, Papua New Guinea


MV Oceania is the newest addition to liveaboard diving in the waters of Papua New Guinea. Working out of Walindi Plantation Resort, MV Oceania commenced operations in January 2019. She is a 88-foot catamaran accommodating up to 16 guests in fully rebuilt cabins and guest areas. Itineraries include the waters of the Bismarck Sea and beyond, for diving trips on some of the most biodiverse reefs in the world.

7-night dive package at Walindi Dive Resort, Papua New Guinea


Walindi Resort is a small dive resort, situated on the shores of Kimbe Bay, Northern New Britain, Papua New Guinea. New Britain is the largest of Papua New Guinea’s Islands. Walindi’s accommodation consists of 12 self contained, comfortable bure style bungalows spread along the beach front, and surrounded by rainforest gardens. The bungalows are constructed of local materials and timbers, with thatched roofs. They are all fully screened, with private bathroom, a kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities, and ceiling fans. Laundry service daily is included in the tariff.

7-night package at Atlantis Puerto Galera or Atlantis Dumaguete, Philippines


With small dive groups, five-star service, a dedicated camera room in each resort, and top-class cuisine, Atlantis Dive Resorts and Liveaboards offer a great opportunity to dive Philippines’ premier destinations, Puerto Galera and Dumaguete, from their two beachfront dedicated dive resorts, as well as Apo Reef, Coron, Tubbataha, and Visayas Safari off their liveaboard Atlantis Azores. Dumaguete features dark volcanic sand, with rich macro life and excellent critter diving, while Puerto Galera boasts vivid reefs, incredible formations and rich marine life. Atlantis Azores offers divers the opportunity to explore remote locations, covering the best dive sites in a week.

7-night liveaboard trip with Dive Damai


Dive Damai has the most varied travel itineraries in the diving industry in the world’s best diving locations. The Dive Damai fleet sets a new standard for safety and comfort: Our vessels have been specifically designed for cruising and diving in the tropical waters of Indonesia with passenger well-being our top priority. We specialize in small groups receiving personalized service on purpose-built traditional wooden schooners with a dive-guide-to-guest ratio of 1 to 4. We started what will become the industry standard!

Various imaging equipment from Backscatter


The world’s leading retailer of underwater imaging equipment, Backscatter has been serving underwater photographers and videographers of every skill level, from point-and-shoot to professional, for over 30 years. Headquartered in Monterey, California, Backscatter lives by the philosophy, “We dive, shoot and service everything we sell,” and has created some of the most essential gear used by underwater shooters, including the FLIP filter system for GoPro and the Mini Flash and Optical Snoot. The company also offers comprehensive gear reviews and other educational online content as well as specialized underwater photo and video trips. Every purchase from Backscatter always includes free lifetime tech support.

Mini Flash 2 Ultimate Package
with Optical Snoot and
Color Filter System
Macro Wide 4300
Video Light Package
FLIP11 Pro Pack

  Complimentary Housing Overhaul   $250 Gift Certificate  
Various lighting and lens accessories from Inon


Inon designs and manufactures a wide range of underwater imaging equipment, from arm systems and GoPro accessories to housings and strobes. Their catalog includes the S-220 and D-200 strobes, and an extensive range of close-up and wide-angle lens attachments that have become the go-to conversion lenses for countless underwater photographers.

D-200 Strobe UCL-90 M67 Close-up Lens LF1100h-EWf Light
3-day diving safari in Tulamben with Bali Diving Academy


Bali Diving Academy, a 5-star member of PADI, has been long recognized as Bali’s premier diving service provider. Operating since 1991, it is a Swiss-owned diving operation of the highest quality, multilingual and 100% accident-free. Our PADI professional management and full service facilities are located in four premier diving locations: Sanur (main office), Tulamben, Pemuteran and Nusa Lembongan, providing an unmatched range of diving experiences. Bali Diving Academy is proudly environmentally responsible and community based, and has something for everyone who wants to discover the underwater world: scuba diving as well as freediving and yoga, with or without accommodation.

Various imaging equipment from Isotta


Since 1967 Isotta’s family has marketed high-end equipment for underwater video, photography and lighting, starting its own production in 1980. In four decades of development, the company has always offered its customers cutting-edge signature red products that are fully manufactured in Italy. With extensive industry experience, we strive to build the highest-quality products to keep photographers around the world comfortable when shooting underwater and their cameras protected from the elements, empowering them to frame memorable moments in water.

GoPro HERO 8–11 Housing FotoSub Bag Dry Bag
Erin Quigley

Erin Quigley is an award-winning photographer and Adobe A.C.E. certified expert in Lightroom and Photoshop. Her company, Go Ask Erin, provides education and post-production resources specifically developed for underwater photographers. Erin is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, the Boston Sea Rovers, and the Ocean Artists Society. She teaches post-production and shooting techniques workshops worldwide.

Kurt Amsler

Kurt Amsler is an underwater photographer and environmentalist from Switzerland. Kurt studied photography at arts school in Zurich, becoming one of Europe’s first professional underwater photographers. Over the years, he has received over 100 awards in international photo contests, while his countless magazine and newspaper articles have helped readers connect with the marine world. Kurt worked with dive pioneer Hans Hass to produce the 1985 documentary, The Maldives: Paradise Transformed, and has contributed to many other TV productions as a cameraman. He has authored 12 books on the subaquatic realm, as well as his well-received memoir A Life Behind the Camera. He has also been awarded for his environmental work, including recognition from the PADI AWARE Foundation.

Marty Snyderman

Based in Solana Beach, California, Marty Snyderman has been making still photographs and films for almost 50 years. He has taught, written for various publications, given presentations about underwater image making, and judged contests for almost 45 years. Marty has been honored with a 2018 NOGI award in the Arts, an Emmy award for his cinematography, a Reaching Out Award from DEMA in 2008, and the 2020 California Scuba Service Award. He serves as the Photography Ambassador for Atlantis Dive Resorts and Liveaboards.

Renee Capozzola

Renee Capozzola is an award-winning, conservation-oriented underwater photographer who specializes in wide-angle and split-level images. Her work is an intriguing combination of artistic talent honed through oil painting during her youth, a professional background in biology, and growing up by the ocean as a Southern Californian native. Her images have been awarded over 50 prestigious international accolades, including “Underwater Photographer of the Year 2021” in the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition and the “Female Fifty Fathoms Award” from Blancpain through the 2021 “Ocean Photographer of the Year.” Her work has also appeared throughout the world in leading publications, including National Geographic in print, and she serves as an Ocean Geographic Photographer-in-Residence. Renee has been featured by multiple news outlets such as CNN, USA Today, and the BBC and is also a fellow of The Explorers Club and an Ambassador for SEACAM. When she is not in the water with her camera, Renee strives to educate others about the challenges facing our oceans and the importance of conserving marine ecosystems.

Tom St George

Tom St George discovered a passion for diving over 20 years ago after emigrating from the UK to New Zealand. A decade later, the wanderlust struck again but with renewed force, motivating him to quit his office job and travel the world. When he settled on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico, it was in cenotes that his dual obsessions of scuba diving and photography truly came together. He is best known for his award-winning images of these underwater caves, which have been published worldwide. Tom now works full time as a photographer and also offers underwater photography coaching and group workshops.

William Tan

William Tan has been fascinated with the creatures of the sea since childhood. While studying at the Johns Hopkins University (USA), much of his spare time was spent gazing at the extensive marine collection of the nearby National Aquarium in Baltimore. A violinist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, William earned his scuba diving certification in 1994. Thereafter, without his prized antique Italian violin, he travels extensively between concert seasons throughout the Pacific region photographing marine life for scientific institutions, camera and housing manufacturers, tourism organizations, dive magazines and resorts.