Back in summer, we all awed at the beautiful shots from Underwater Photography Of The Year winners, with stunning sea creatures interacting with the lens, as well as the serenity of water creating a calming atmosphere. Recently, Scuba Diving Magazine announced their own winners for Underwater Photo Contest and the shots are just as breathtaking as the ones we’ve seen before.
The entries were divided into 4 categories (compact camera, wide-angle, conceptual and macro) and 3 winners were chosen for each. Above all, of course, the judges picked the Grand Prize winner, Rodney Bursiel, who received a prize of $1,000 cash and a liveaboard trip aboard Oman Aggressor. All the other winners shared the rest of a prize pool, which varied from smaller cash prizes to trips aboard various vessels, a fitting reward in an underwater photography contest.
Scroll down below to see the winner shots and don’t forget to comment and vote for your favorites. Oh, and if you are an underwater photographer, professional or amateur, yourself, you can submit your entry for their 2019 contest! You can submit your shots from November 1st, 2018 to May 31st, 2019.
More info: Scuba Diving Magazine
#1 Grand Prize Winner, Rodney Bursiel, Tonga
#2 Wide-Angle Second Place, Karen Smith, Tulum, Mexico
#3 Compact Camera First Place, Jamie Hall, Tiran Island, Red Sea
#4 Wide-Angle First Place, Alex Dawson, Tala Bay, Jordan
#5 Macro Second Place, Christian Bachmann, Bunaken, Indonesia
#6 Macro Third Place, Rafael Fernandez Caballero, La Herradura, Spain
#7 Conceptual Second Place, Lucie Drlikova, Prague, Czech Republic
#8 Compact Camera Third Place, Ferenc Lőrincz, Marsa Shagra, Egypt
#9 Macro First Place, Cai Songda, Janao Bay, Anilao, Philippines
#10 Compact Camera Second Place, Yap Katumbal, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
#11 Wide-Angle Third Place, Tom St. George, Tulum, Mexico
#12 Conceptual First Place, Conor Culver, Beangabang, Indonesia, And Naples, Florida
#13 Conceptual Third Place, Christian Vizl, Quintana Roo, Mexico