Ocean Art

Winning Images from the prestigious 8th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest
This competition is one of the most prestigious nature photo contests in the world, and the winning images represent some of the best underwater photographs of the year.

Wide-Angle Category
“Paradise”
5th Place – Taeyup Kim
Shot in Fakarava, French Polynesia
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Nudibranchs
“Sheep in Dreamland”
Honorable Mention – Chun Ho Tam
Shot in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
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Portrait
“Gaspare”
1st Place – Virginia Salzedo
Shot in Puglia, Italy
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Underwater Art
“Narcissism”
4th Place – Tae Wook Kang
Shot in Daegu, South Korea
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Best of Show
“Crab-Eater Seal”
Best of Show – Greg Lecoeur
Shot in Antartica Peninsula
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2019 Ocean Art Contest Winners
By UWPG News

more at UnderWater Photography Guide

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Our Glorious Planet, Captured in Award-Winning Images

Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) awards are run by photographers for photographers. TPOTY is truly global – wherever you live in the world and whether you are amateur or professional, beginner or expert, young or old, Travel Photographer of the Year is for you!

Travel Photographer of the Year: Katy Gomez Catalina, Spain
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Best Single Image, Art of Travel: Geoff Shoults, UK
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Winner, Oceans, Seas, Rivers, Lakes: Ignacio Palacios, Australia / Spain
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Winner, Thrills & Adventures: Brian Clopp, USA
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Young Travel Photographer of the Year – Winner, 15-18 years: Ankit Kumar, India (age 16)
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More than 20,000 images were submitted in the 2019 awards by professional and amateur photographers in 144 countries. The winning images can be viewed on the 2019 Winners’ Gallery on www.tpoty.com and will go on display from 7 April to 12 May in Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, a new location for TPOTY’s London exhibition. Set canal-side and just a short walk from King’s Cross station, the restored railway arches of Coal Drops Yard are home to London’s most eclectic mix of stores and dining options.

The winning images will also be exhibited in the magnificent South Transept of Chester Cathedral in June and a TPOTY exhibition will also feature at the Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah (17-20 September).
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The 2019 Wildlife Photo Contest

Wildlife Photo Contest Winners

Grand Prize Dennis Stogsdill
Surrounded By Chaos
We were watching yet another great crossing at the peninsula crossing when I noticed the thousands of wildebeests start to “back up” as they struggled to climb out of the Mara River. And then out of the corner I could see a lone zebra joining the fray so I locked my lens on him and watched as he attempted to progress through the mass of wildebeest and was able to snap off just this one shot.
Canon 1Dx Mark II, 1/640 sec at f8, ISO 1250
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Second Prize Jenny Loren
Becoming a Cheetah
In the Maasai Mara we were able to spend time with a female cheetah and her three cubs. We watched the mom as she attempted to hunt and we even saw her fight off a hyena that was trying to get her cubs one day. It’s a tough life for the mom. Meanwhile her cubs like to have a lot of fun. On this day while she was looking for prey they took off into a field chasing each other around playing. What we noticed is that they were gaining a lot of the skills they would need as adults to survive. They had a good time jumping on each other dragging the other one down. But the one that stood out was seeing them run. They were getting ready for speed.
400mm 2.8, ISO 800, 1/3200, Canon 1DX
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Third Prize Eric Williamson
Sea Bears
Sea Bears photo was taken on July 11, 2015 on the beach of Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. A very fogging morning and our plane was on standby. The tide was out and these two COY’s (cub or the year) were out with mom learning how to dig up clams to eat. This photo was taken as the two were following mom to a new clamming spot. I was able to get the lens low at their level in order to keep the perspective correct.
Equipment Used: Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Lens: Canon 500mm, f4, IS Support: Really Right Stuff 34L tripod Head: Really Right Stuff BH55 ball head with a Wimberly Side Kick gimbal.
Photo Specs: Focal Length: 500mm F number: f/5 Exposure time: 1/500 ISO: 1250 Metering mode: Spot
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Finalist Don Martin
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Finalist Butch Mazzuca
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The 2019 Wildlife Photo Contest
more at Outdoor Photographer

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The Epson International Pano Awards

The 10th Epson International Pano Awards is dedicated to the craft and art of panoramic photography.
Advances in digital photography and editing software have resulted in an ever-increasing rise in the popularity of image stitching, especially in the panoramic format. VR ‘immersive’ photography also continues to excite and develop at a rapid pace, and panoramic film photography remains alive and well.
The Epson International Pano Awards showcases the work of panoramic photographers worldwide and is the largest competition for panoramic photography.

2019 Curators Award
Simon Roppel, Switzerland
The Drowning, New Zealand
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Open Photographer of the Year
Mieke Boynton
Dragonfire, Braided Rivers Of Southern Iceland
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2019 Major Amateur Winner
Carlos F. Turienzo, Spain
Waterfall Lofoten, Norway
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2019 Epson Digital Art Prize
Mark Gray, Australia
Enchantment, Vatnajokull Glacier, Iceland
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Nikon Award
Danny Tan, Australia
Solitude, Torres Del Paine
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View the 2019 Winners Galleries at The Epson International Pano Awards

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The 2019 EyeEm Awards

The Winners are here! Selected from 1 Million submissions, we announced our Photographer of The Year and our 10 category Winners this weekend at Berlin Photo Week 2019 at The 2019 EyeEm Awards Ceremony.

EyeEm Photographer of the Year:
Kate Phellini
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The Foodie
Arief Dharma Kurniawan
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The Great Outdoors Presented by Red Bull Illume:
Jeffrey Kieffer
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The Traveler Presented by MPB:
Sandra Morante
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The Creative Presented by Skylum:
Vitaly Golovatyuk aka Panvelvet
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The Architect:
Gabriella Achadinha
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The Minimalist:
George Kroustallis aka Minorstep
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The 2019 EyeEm Awards represents a distinctive platform for global creative talent to get discovered. Open for all photographers and creative thinkers, EyeEm’s annual photo awards has been created with one purpose – to showcase groundbreaking photography from emerging artists.

Upholding the title of the largest photography competition in the world since 2015, The 2019 EyeEm Awards broke one million submissions!

The Winners are here!
more at eyeem

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Scuba Diving Magazine’s 2019 Underwater Photo Contest Winners

The photographers who submitted to Scuba Diving’s 2019 underwater photo contest blew our judges away, entering what we believe is among the best underwater photos of the year.

Even in the 15th year of our Through Your Lens Underwater Photo Contest, we are continually impressed by the talent and creativity of underwater photographers from around the globe. This year, we asked underwater photographers of all skill levels to submit their best work in the following categories: behavior, compact camera, macro and wide-angle. It was tough to narrow it down from the 2,560 images entered but you will see below that the winners are more than deserving. With so many beautiful images to choose from, we named an additional 11 honorable mention winners in 2019.

Grand Prize Winner
Jack Israel, Baja California, Mexico
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Macro
First Place
Nicholas Samaras, Stratoni, Greece
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Wide-Angle
Third Place
Pier Mane, Trou-Aux-Biches, Mauritius
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Honorable Mention
Bruno Van Saen, Romblon, Philippines
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Honorable Mention
Michael Gallagher, Palau
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2019 Underwater Photo Contest Winners
more in Scuba Diving Magazine

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The Mono Awards 2019 – The Winners!

Hunter Valley photographer Sharron Leppien and Sydney’s Gaanesh Prasad have shared the honours in The Mono Awards 2019, the inaugural Australian and New Zealand photography competition that sought to find the best black and white imagery in the region.

Sharron Leppien, Places category winner, Boy with Tyre
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Gaanesh Prasad, People category winner, Fly High
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Tony Law, Third Place, People Category, Break Away.
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Graeme Gordon, Fourth Place, Places category, Etihad museum
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Julie Kerbel, Fourth place, People category, Indignant.
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Run by Australian Photography and Capture, a panel of nine leading photographers judged the competition, which gave entrants a simple brief: the best single black and white image across one of two categories, People and Places.

more at The Mono Awards

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