Lion fish at dawn, copyright Ocean Art Photo Competition

The Second Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, has announced its winners for 2011. This year’s Ocean Art Photo Competition represents entrants from over fifty countries.


Salvatore Ianniello, 1st Place, Nudibranchs
Nudibranch on featherduster worm, taken in the Mediterranean sea

There are at least 4 winners in each of 12 categories, including Wide-Angle, Macro, Portrait, Behavior, Novice, Nudibranchs, SuperMacro, Fashion, Coldwater, and 3 Compact Camera categories.


Lill Haugen, 1st Place, Coldwater
“Frozen Fjord”, taken in Oslo, Norway

The Best of Show was a stunning wide-angle photograph of several manta rays, taken by Tobias Friedrich of Germany. Other stunning images include a hunting leopard seal, a pair of eels, and a beautiful squid composition. Thousands of entries were viewed by the judges before the final set of amazing images were selected, and deemed some of the best underwater photos in the world.


Tobias Friedrich, Best of Show
“Manta Madness”

Judging was quite difficult due to the high quality of images. World famous underwater photographer and contest judge Martin Edge commented,

This year the judging was very tight due to so many superb images. After much discussion, agreements, and disagreements, we felt the winners really stood out. For myself, the best in show was the most awesome shot in the entire collection.


Jannik Pedersen, 1st Place, Compact Wide-Angle
“Diving in the Beautiful Cenotes of Mexico”

Judges this year included prestigious professional photographers Marty Snyderman, Bonnie Pelnar, Martin Edge and Tony Wu.


Patricia Gunderson, 1st Place, Super Macro
“Just a Little Guy”, photo of a juvenile Spiny Lumpsucker, taken near Seattle, Washington


Jackie Campbell, 1st Place, Compact Macro
“Hairy Stare”, Hairy frogfish, taken in Lembeh, Indonesia


Gery Beeckmans, Honorable Mention, Compact Marine Life Behavior Category
“Me and My Family”


Nataliya Chervyakova, 1st Place, Marine Life Behavior
“Hunting Leopard Seal”, taken at Petermann Island, Antarctica

More winning photos can be seen at http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/ocean-art-contest-winners-2011

About the Underwater Photography Guide
The Underwater Photography Guide, founded by Scott Gietler, is a comprehensive website and community for learning about underwater photography technique, marine life, and scuba diving destinations, and contains over 600 pages of organized tutorials, forums, reviews, and articles. Community members of the Underwater Photography Guide and its equipment sponsor, Bluewater Photo, participate in several international workshops each year, and the site receives over 300,000 unique visitors annually.