underwater australasia Photo Competition 2008-09 Winners

underwater australasia is very excited to announce the BIG WINNERS of our 5th annual Photo Competition. In a tough year of competition we have seen some amazing entries from all over the world. 1000s of photographs were entered, many of them are in the underwater gallery now ... but only 12 in each category could make it to the finals. And only 3 of those 12 could win.

Please thank our esteemed judges Mathieu Meur, co-author of a number of very popular underwater photography books, Richard Vevers form the Underwater Australia Gallery, as well as the Underwater Team score. The judges decisions we pretty clear this year - the OPEN winner got the top score from ALL judges - this has never happened before.

Before we do the drumroll, we would like to give THANKS to our generous sponsors for their support ! Thank you Traders Ridge and Fish'n Fins - Thank you Apollo - Thank you Cocotinos - Thank you Mike Ball - Thank you Le Mahe Liveaboards!

OK - to the winners of the 2008-09 competition ... drum roll

Open category

David Henshaw with what must be the best Blue Ribbon Eel shot I have ever seen taken in Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Goos van der Heide with an amazingly coloured Juvenile Squid from Komodo, Indonesia


Matt Curnock with a magic Dwarf Minke shot from the Ribbon Reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia


Novice category

Andrew McLeod with his small crab hitching a ride with jellyfish. Bicol, Philippines.

Isabelle Dechamps with Scary Blenny - Racha Yai, Phuket, Thailand

Jun Tagama with Gotcha Translucent at Marinduque, Philippines.

Again: Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the sponsors - an awesome result !

All monthly winners from the 2008-09 competition and earlier comps are at our Photocomp Winners Page
So ... after looking at all these awesome shots - go diving, keep shooting and keep submitting your best shots to the underwater australasia photo comp and tell all your friends about it if you dare!

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