WINNERS ARCHIVE

2019 Winners

MACRO CATEGORY

1ST PRIZE

NAME: NAVAPAN JANJARASSKUL

COUNTRY: THAILAND

PRIZE: ATLANTIS DIVE RESORTS & LIVEABOARDS

CAPTION: Lembeh straits, Indonesia – Coconut octopus The coconut octopus happens to release its babies while i came across it. The babies look like tiny krakens from story book.

MACRO CATEGORY

2ND PRIZE 

NAME : GAETANO GARGIULO

COUNTRY : ITALY

TITLE: Mommy will keep an eye on you

CAPTION :Australia – blenny guarding the eggs – Mommy will keep an eye on you Sabre tooth blenny love discarded bottles to nest. In the picture one fish was guarding the eggs laid inside an old discarded wine bottle.

WIDE ANGLE CATEGORY

1ST PRIZE

NAME: GINO SYMUS

COUNTRY: BELGIUM

TITLE: Mating toads

CAPTION: Belgium – Turnhout
During several weeks in March, lots of toads come together to mate, a unique spectacle to see

WIDE ANGLE CATEGORY

2ND PRIZE

NAME: MIGUEL RAMIREZ

COUNTRY: REUNION

TITLE: Free in my world!

CAPTION: Reunion island – St Gilles – Dolphins.
School of dolphins off Reunion island. They swim freely, in calm water that reflects their shapes.

PORTFOLIO CATEGORY

1ST PRIZE

NAME: DELBOS YANNICK

COUNTRY: FRANCE

CAPTION:

Title: “Fly on Air Turtle”

Green turtle, Mayotte island, N’Gouja beach.

Photography taken on sunset (free diving), symbiosis between a pilot fish and a turtle.

Title: “Infernal spiral”

Sardine Run, Philipina, Moalboal.
Popular Moalboal Sardine Giant Bench.

Title: “Back to the surface”

Humpback whales, Reunion island, Saint Paul

In winter, some humpback whales come to give birth around Reunion island (Indian ocean). (taken in free diving) His mother guides him in his first days of life.

Title: “The ocean’s tears”

Parrot fish, Reunion Island, Etang Salé (petit tombant)

Super macro of a parrotfish. Human face with tears on the cheek. Sadness of an ocean that empties day after day.

PORTFOLIO CATEGORY

2ND PRIZE

NAME: TRACEY JENNINGS

COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM

CAPTION:

TITLE:  “Exploration”

Cathedral, Solomon Islands
Exploring the carbonate caverns of the Solomon Islands.

TITLE:  “Uncommon Common”

Lionfish, Seraya Secrets, Bali
Who remembers when they first saw a lionfish? Wow what an amazing fish. My aim of my photography is to entice non-divers to dive and care about our oceans. Hence I often focus on those fish that are fascinating whether rare or common. I used a Retra LSD for this image.

TITLE: “Angel wings”

Feather duster worm, Dumaguette, Philippines

Sometimes the simple can be so beautiful I used a small depth of field to focus on the delicate nature of the worm. Not so easy as the worms tend to retract as a diver approaches. The image reminds me of an angels wings.

TITLE:  “Sundancer”

Whaleshark, Papua, Indonesia
A whaleshark enjoys the beautiful blue water of West Papua. If you look carefully you can see a second shark to the extremity.

COMPACT CATEGORY

1ST PRIZE

NAME: CHONG WAN YONG

COUNTRY: MALAYSIA

TITLE: Guardian in lacy palace

CAPTION: Ambon- bubble point – bryozoan goby with eggs.
The bryozoan goby is the goby which only stays inside white lacy coral and lays eggs inside, it’s easy for them to guard their eggs since it’s hard for predator to get inside.

 

COMPACT CATEGORY

2ND PRIZE

NAME: LOW SOOK WEI

COUNTRY: MALAYSIA

PRIZE: THALASSA MANADO – FREE DIVING COURSE

TITLE: Goby Anilao

CAPTION: Goby Fish in the bottle taken in Anilao. Curiously, the Goby family is looking at the visitors of their home.

CREATIVE CATEGORY

1ST PRIZE

NAME: PIETRO CREMONE

COUNTRY: ITALY

TITLE: Sepia Nebula

CAPTION: I imagined this cuttlefish like being an alien monster, coming out of a galaxy of stars.

 

CREATIVE CATEGORY

2ND PRIZE

NAME: THERESA GUISE

COUNTRY: USA

TITLE: Seahorse with the golden mane

CAPTION: Lembeh Island: Seahorse
The seahorse was backlit with a yellow light and imaged using slow shutter speed to give the illusion of a flowing yellow mane.

FREEDIVING CATEGORY

1ST PRIZE

NAME: YEN WEN CHIH

COUNTRY: TAIWAN

TITLE: Free Diver

CAPTION: Philipine-Moalboal

The free diver control her breath and swimming with the fishes. You can see the divers and fishes are free in the ocean.

FREEDIVING CATEGORY

2ND PRIZE 

NAME: ANDREW TSZ ON LAU

COUNTRY: HONG KONG

TITLE: Dance with Manta

CAPTION: Manta – Maldives

Manta swam toward the light at surface in Maldives during night dive.

VIDEO CATEGORY

1ST PRIZE 

NAME: SIMONE PICCOLI

COUNTRY: ITALY

TITLE: Whale Totem

CAPTION: Tonga-Vava’u-Humpback whales
Every year, around the small island of Tonga, hundreds of humpback whales come to give birth to their culfs, and to teach them how to grow before the big trip back to the Antarctic. The relationship between mother and culfs, their songs, frame an exhilarating adventure with profound meanings …

VIDEO CATEGORY

2ND PRIZE

NAME: ROS SYAFIQAH ROSLAN

COUNTRY: MALAYSIA

TITLE: Artificial Reef: Art Of the Sea

CAPTION: Artificial reefs are similar in structure to the sea bed specially made for increasing fish populations and coral propagation in some areas. Artificial reefs experienced a continuous innovation process. From only thatch, bamboo, branches of mangrove trees to “advance ceramic technology”. Originally it purposely for the fishes, currently it also serving coral reefs restoration. Various types and shapes can also be seen. Each has its own advantages.

 

BEST OF SHOW

NAME: LEONARD LIM

COUNTRY: SINGAPORE

TITLE: Sea Goddess

CAPTION: Bali , Tulemben , Model
It was a team effort to make this shot happen especially with our talented model, safety divers and a lot of planning. It was such a great experience and challenge that we overcame.

BEST OF SHOW

NAME: PETER DE MAAGT

COUNTRY: NETHERLANDS

TITLE: Goby

CAPTION: Bonaire, Bari reef
Fluorescence diving allows seeing a familiar reef in a new light. You will see something entirely different, the colours and formations can be overwhelming. It allows capturing some special images. This transparent goby is being backlit by the fluorescence glow of the coral.

HONOURABLE MENTION

NAME: ROSNI HUSSIN

COUNTRY: MALAYSIA

TITLE: Salvador Dali

CAPTION: Gorontalo, Sulawesi – Jinn Caves
The Salvador Dali Guard.

HONOURABLE MENTION

NAME: KANG QIU JIAN

COUNTRY: MALAYSIA

TITLE: Giant Frogfish

CAPTION: Borneo, Mataking House Reef
A cute giant frogfish was spotted at Mataking house reef. They are the master of camouflage.

2018 Winners

MACRO CATEGORY

1ST PRIZE

NAME: BAUSANI PAOLO

COUNTRY: ITALY

TITLE: MAGIC MIROR

CAPTION: Male of cardinalfish carrying eggs in the mouth. Image taken in Lembeh (Indonesia)

MACRO CATEGORY

2ND PRIZE 

NAME : DAMIR ZURUB

COUNTRY : CROATIA

TITLE: DISCO SEA HORSE

CAPTION :

This Seahorse photography is taken in Vrsar (Croatia) in front of the house reef of diving center “Ugor”. On this house reef live 2 species of seahorse. The photography is taken with a background “bokeh” effect on a depth of 8 meter.

WIDE ANGLE CATEGORY

1ST PRIZE

NAME: CEDRIC PENEAU

COUNTRY: REUNION

TITE: Reflections

CAPTION: Reunion Island –  Saint Paul – Humpback Whale and Calf. Humpback whales come to breed and mate in our coastal waters during the austral winter.

WIDE ANGLE CATEGORY

2ND PRIZE

NAME: Marchione Giacomo

COUNTRY: ITALY

TITLE: The spaceship

CAPTION:

From the deep blue emerges a great whale shark, completely enveloped by hesitations, it slowly moves in search of plankton. Its majesty and its charm are unique thanks, too, to the traveling companions who follow it.

PORTFOLIO CATEGORY

1ST PRIZE

NAME: ADRIANO MORETTIN

COUNTRY: ITALY

CAPTION:

Title: “Kissed by the sun”

The seahorse Hyppocampus guttulatus photographed with the snoot applied on flash and the technique of double exposure.

Title: “Towards the castle”

This shot depicts the jellyfish Rhyzostoma pulmo under the Miramare Castle in the Marine Protected Area of Miramare and was taken with the special fisheye lens 8-15 mm. Nikon used at 8 mm.

Title: “John Dory’s sun”

This juvenile John Dory (Zeus faber) was very small, only three centimeters long, so I could photograph it with the snoot applied on flash and the technique of double exposure.

Title: “In motion”

The seahorse Hyppocampus guttulatus photographed with the snoot applied on flash and the technique of panning.

PORTFOLIO CATEGORY

2ND PRIZE

NAME: TRACEY JENNINGS

COUNTRY: MALAYSIA

CAPTION:

TITLE:  Not another Sunset 

Arborek Jetty, Raja Ampat, Indonesia. I spent 6 hours under the jetty from lunchtime to sunset.

TITLE:  Living Wall 

Sardines, Moalboal, Philippines. In the shallows of Moalboal, Philippines a living wall of sardines can be found.

TITLE: Halloween 

A snake eel in Seraya Secrets Bali, Indonesia. I used a Retra LSD to highlight the face of the snake eel.

TITLE:  Nemo in orange 

Anemone Fish, Dumaguette, Philippines. I used a junk-shop filter to create the motion effect.

COMPACT CATEGORY

1ST PRIZE

NAME: PIETRO CREMONE

COUNTRY: ITALY

TITLE: The Bats

CAPTION:

Maldives – Hanifaru Gaa – Pinnatus batfish

A beautiful school of batfishes found in Maldives

COMPACT CATEGORY

2ND PRIZE

NAME: JIE ZOU

COUNTRY: CHINA

TITLE: Coralgoby

CAPTION:

The coralgoby covered with white spots. They are usually found among branches of Pocillopora.

CREATIVE CATEGORY

1ST PRIZE

NAME: IPAH UID

COUNTRY: MALAYSIA

Title: Aurora

CAPTION: Commonly known as the Two Toned Pygmy squid.

Found usually during night dive and hunts small critters such as shrimp.

CREATIVE CATEGORY

2ND PRIZE

NAME: THERESA GUISE

COUNTRY: US

CAPTION:

TITLE: QUEEN ANGLE EYE

Creative: Bonaire, Den Laman House Reef. The eye of a queen angelfish as viewed through a tube.

FREEDIVING CATEGORY

1ST PRIZE

NAME: CAO YANG

COUNTRY: CHINA

TITLE:

CAPTION: CORON FREEDIVING

Philippines ,palawan coron.Barracuda Lake,freediving. A student has just passed her freediving course assessment.

FREEDIVING CATEGORY

2ND PRIZE 

NAME: DAVIDE LOPRESTI

COUNTRY: ITALY

TITLE: Stefano

CAPTION:

Irrationality is to see the world upside down, idiocy is to sit upside down to go back to see it as before.

VIDEO CATEGORY

1ST PRIZE 

NAME: FAN PING

COUNTRY: CHINA

TITLE: FIND YOURSELF

CAPTION:

Life is a journey, embrace the ocean in the beautiful Saipan with Chinese freediver Jessea Lu.

VIDEO CATEGORY

2ND PRIZE

NAME: TOM VIERUS

COUNTRY: GERMANY

TITLE: Fiji’s Sharks – Diving the Shark Reef Marine Reserve

CAPTION:

Up to eight species of sharks can be observed in Fiji’s Shark Reef Marine Reserve, though the dive is most famous for its bull sharks. Shark populations are declining around the world and sustainable, safe and science supporting sharkdiving can be a valuable tool in shark conservation and public awareness.

 

BEST OF SHOW

NAME: Norhayati Ahmad

COUNTRY: MALAYSIA

TITLE: Mangrove Raja Ampat

CAPTION: Mangroves hold a certain fascination for most of us, for the rich bounty in the form of timber, fish, shellfish, and seafood. At Raja Ampat, much pleasure is derived by the tranquility, abundance and the beauty of the mangrove habitat, that seems to come out as alive and exciting.

2017 Winner Archive

1ST COMPACT CAMERA – DRAGOS DUMITRESCU, ROMANIA
MEMORABLE COMPACT CAMERA – ALIAH ROSLAN, MALAYSIA
1ST CREATIVE – KENJI CHEOW, MALAYSIA
MEMORABLE CREATIVE – MAWI RAHIM, SINGAPORE
1ST FREEDIVING – CEDRIC PENEAU, REUNION ISLAND
MEMORABLE FREEDIVING – YEN-YI LEE, TAIWAN
1ST MACRO – MARCHIONE GIACOMO, ITALY
MEMORABLE MACRO – WU YUNG-SEN, TAIWAN
1ST PORTFOLIO – LILIAN KOH, SINGAPORE
MEMORABLE PORTFOLIO – IYAD SULEYMAN, UKRAINE
1ST WIDE ANGLE – YEN-YI LEE, TAIWAN
MEMORABLE PHOTO – WIDE ANGLE – TANG MUN PHUN, MALAYSIA
YOUNG TALENT – GARRI IMMANUEL, PHILIPPINES

2016 Winner Archive

1ST COMPACT CAMERA – Clemence Swee, Malaysia
2ND COMPACT CAMERA – Nurul Azlifah Mohd Ismail, Malaysia
1ST CREATIVE – Mohamed Abdulla, United Arab Emirates
2ND CREATIVE – Joseph Kuah, Malaysia
1ST MACRO – Melvin Tan Siow Pin, Singapore
2ND MACRO – James T Deverich, Australia
1ST PORTFOLIO – Yung Sen, Wu,Taiwan
2ND PORTFOLIO – Jim Chen, Taiwan
1ST WIDE ANGLE – Iyad Suleyman, Ukraine
2ND WIDE ANGLE – Kenji Cheow, Malaysia

2015 Winner Archive

BEST OF SHOW – Marco Chang, Taiwan
1ST COMPACT CAMERA – Marco Chang, Taiwan
2ND COMPACT CAMERA – Sim Shyh Jye, Malaysia
MEMORABLE PICTURE COMPACT CAMERA – Lim Ri Chong, Malaysia
MEMORABLE PICTURE COMPACT CAMERA – Lynn Wu, Taiwan
1ST MACRO Lynn Wu Taiwan
2ND MACRO – Jim Chen, Taiwan
MEMORABLE PICTURE MACRO – Andre Snoopy Montenegro, Philippines
MEMORABLE PICTURE MACRO – Jennifer Foo Syn Yee, Malaysia
1ST PORTFOLIO – Cedric Peneau, France
2ND PORTFOLIO – Marchione Giacomo, Italy
MEMORABLE PICTURE PORTFOLIO – Jim Chen, Taiwan
MEMORABLE PICTURE PORTFOLIO – Mario Odorisio, Italy
1ST WIDE ANGLE – Mario Odorisio, Italy
2ND WIDE ANGLE – Heng Yik Hong, Malaysia
MEMORABLE PICTURE WIDE ANGLE – Shiekh Saiful Aswad, Malaysia
MEMORABLE PICTURE WIDE ANGLE – Stephen Sito Kok Wai, Malaysia

2014 Winner Archive

BEST OF SHOW – Mun Phun Tang
1st CONSERVATION – Lee Chin Yong
2nd – CONSERVATION – Mohd Hasrullnizam
1st MACRO – Stephen Sito
2nd MACRO – Mun Phun Tang
1st -PORTFOLIO – IRWIN ANG
2nd – PORTFOLIO – YEOW CHUAN CHUA
1st WIDE ANGLE – Sim Shyh Jye
2nd WIDE ANGLE – Chong Ken Keong