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47th International Underwater
Photographic Competition Winners

Follow this link to our gallery to view the winning images.

Thank you very much for your participation in the 47th Annual International Underwater Photographic Competition presented by the Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society. This contest is only possible by the invaluable support of our sponsors who have provided wonderful liveaboard and land-based opportunities and other valuable SCUBA and photographic items as prizes. Please support the competition sponsors if you are considering travel or purchase of equipment. Sponsor links are given on our web site shortly.

A list of the winning entries is attached, pending any disqualification for rule violations such as previously published or other contest winners. There were entries from 24 countries and 15 states. You will be able to take a "peek" at the winning images on our web site.

Our judges this year were Georgienne Bradley, Tom Campbell and Jay Ireland. All are experienced underwater photographers/videographers with an appreciation for technique, artistic rendering and difficulty of subject matter. Although it's not possible to relay their individual impressions of your work, they were kind enough to discuss some general observations on the contest and material judged, and a summary will be posted on our website.

Certificates and prize distribution will be completed shortly. Thank you again for participating this year and we hope to see your entries in next year's competition.

Best of Show
BEST OF SHOW
Uwe Schmolke
Ruesselsheim, Hessen, GERMANY
"Cheek to Cheek"

BEST OF SHOW

Uwe Schmolke, Ruesselsheim, Hessen, GERMANY, "Cheek to Cheek"

Category - MACRO DIGITAL

FIRST PLACE:
Esteban Tore, Caleta de Velez, Malaga, SPAIN, "That's All Folks"
SECOND PLACE:
Jose Alejandro Alvarez, Santo Domingo, DN, DEPUBLICA DOMINICANA, "Squid"
THIRD PLACE:
Uwe Schmolke, Ruesselsheim, Hessen, GERMANY, "Is There Any More Out There Dad?"
FOURTH PLACE:
Tunc Yavuzdgo, Instanbul, Kadikoy, TURKEY, "Cuttle Fish"
FIFTH PLACE:
Noam Kortler, Eilat, ISRAEL, "Hairy Sea Horse"
Honorable Mentions:
Steve Kovacs, Moore Haven, Florida, USA, "Clown Fish & Eggs"

Category - WIDE ANGLE DIGITAL

FIRST PLACE:
Davide Vezzaro, Melide, CH, SWITZERLAND, "Sperm Whales"
SECOND PLACE:
Davide Vezzaro, Melide, CH, SWITZERLAND, "Seal"
THIRD PLACE:
Michele Davino, Udine, ITALY, "Diver & Soft Coral"
FOURTH PLACE:
Blaettler Matthias, Quartino, Ticino, SWITZERLAND, "Diver & Boat"
FIFTH PLACE:
Clark Miller, Fairfax, CA, USA, "Coral Reef at Surface"
Honorable Mentions:
Jose Alejandro Alvarez, Santa Domingo, DN, REPUBLICA DOMINICANA, "Mr. Wolf"
Tunc Yavuzdgo, Istanbul, Kadikoy, TURKEY, "Snapers"
Claudio Gazzaroli, Ascona, Ticino, ITALY, "Jump"
Davide Vezzaro, Melide, CH, SWITZERLAND, "Stingrays"

Category - COLD/GREEN WATER DIGITAL

FIRST PLACE:
Michele Davino, Udine, ITALY, "Dragon Fly"
SECOND PLACE:
Davide Vezzaro, Melide, CH, SWITZERLAND, "Iceburg"
THIRD PLACE:
Dave Nesheim, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA, "Portrait"
FOURTH PLACE:
Derek Haslam, Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND, "Sturgeon"
FIFTH PLACE:
Claude Ruff, Haguenau, Bas-Rhin, FRANCE, "Hermissenda"
Honorable Mentions:
Keri Wilk, Mississuga, Ontario, CANADA, "Lily"
Bartosz Strozyn, Poznan, POLAND, "Seal"
Claudio Gazzaroli, Ascona, Ticino, ITALY, "Fresh Alpine Lake Plant"
Michele Davino, Udine, ITALY, "Reflection"

Category - MARINE RELATED / SCENIC DIGITAL

FIRST PLACE:
Dave Nesheim, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA, "Eureka"
SECOND PLACE:
Umeed Mistry, Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA, "Komodo Dragon"
THIRD PLACE:
Jose Alejandro Alvaraez, Santo Domingo, DN, REPUBLICA DOMINICANA, "Fisherman"
FOURTH PLACE:
Anthony Frank, Santa Monica, CA, USA, "Puffin"
FIFTH PLACE:
Bartosz Strozyn, Poznan, POLAND, "Who is First?"
Honorable Mentions:
Jose Alejandro Alvarez, Santo Domingo, DN, REPUBLICA DOMINICANA, "Jumping"
Jose Alejandro Alvarez, Santo Domingo, DN, REPUBLICA DOMINICANA, "Fisherman"
Frank Markow, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA, "Whale Breach"

Category - BEHAVIOR

FIRST PLACE:
Uwe Schmolke, Ruesselsheim, Hessen, GERMANY, "Don't Touch My Babies"
SECOND PLACE:
Noam Kortler, Eilat, ISRAEL, "Parrot Fish & Shrimp"
THIRD PLACE:
Steve Kovacs, Moore Haven, Florida, USA, "Sea Horses"
FOURTH PLACE:
Steve Kovacs, Moore Haven, Florida, USA, "Fish & Eggs"
FIFTH PLACE:
Steve Kovacs, Moore Haven, Florida, USA, "Clown Fish & Eggs"
Honorable Mentions:
Damien Grouill, Marseille, FRANCE, "The Wolf in Sardine's Clothing"
Keri Wilk, Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA, "Jaw Fish & Eggs"

VIDEO RAW FOOTAGE

FIRST PLACE:
Robert Pecoraro, Staten Island, New York, USA, "sailfish"
SECOND PLACE:
Jeff Leicher, Kailua-Kona, HI, USA, "venus girdle"
THIRD PLACE:
Roger Uzun, San Diego, CA, USA, "turtle"
FOURTH PLACE:
Margaret Shoemake, North Palm Beach, FL, USA, "grouper"
FIFTH PLACE:
Walter Marti, Misseion Viejo, CA, USA, "hermit crab"
Honorable Mention:
Robert Pecoraro, Staten Island, NY, USA, "snake eel"
Walter Marti, Mission Viejo, CA, USA, "octopus fight"
Sharon Wada, Snohomish, WA, USA, "squid"

VIDEO OPEN

FIRST PLACE:
Anastasia Laity, Glendale, CA, USA, "Kona After Dark"
SECOND PLACE:
Roger Uzun, San Diego, CA, USA, "Trouble in Paradise"
THIRD PLACE:
Walter Marti, Mission Viejo, CA, USA, "Lembeh"
FOURTH PLACE:
Zsolt Sasdi, Szombathely, Vas, HUNGARY, "Secret Place"
FIFTH PLACE:
Roger Uzun, San Diego, CA, USA, "Philippines"
Honorable Mention:
Dwight & Janet Crumb, Pasadena, CA, USA, "When the Sun Goes Down"
Sharon Wada, Snohomish, WA, USA, "Palm of Your Hand"