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Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest Winners Announced

Largest online underwater photo competition ever held awards $67,000 worth of prizes to 77 winning photographers. Stunning photographs include giant sperm whales, dangerous saltwater crocodiles and tiny skeleton shrimp. 

Ocean Art Photo Contest Best of Show, by Keri Wilk. Saltwater Crocodile

Santa Monica, CA, December 22, 2010 /Photography News/ The Ocean Art Underwater Photo competition, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, has announced its winners for 2010.
Over $67,000 worth of prizes were awarded to 77 photographers, include 12 days on the luxury liveaboard Arenui, 18 nights in Papua New Guinea at Walindi / Febrina and Loloata, 9 days on the Solmar V, 1.5 spots on an 11-day SMY Ondina trip, and 9 days on the Manthiri Maldives liveaboard.
Judges this year included prestigious professional photographers Chris Newbert, Martin Edge, Marty Snyderman, and Bonnie Pelnar. 1st place, Behavior category. "On Guard" by Matt Tworkowski
There are 7 winners in each of 11 categories, including Wide-angle, Macro, Portrait, Behavior, Novice, Nudibranchs, Supermacro, Fashion, and 3 Compact Camera categories.

1st place in Supermacro category , "First lesson in life" by Bettina Balnis. Skeleton shrimp

The best of show was a stunning portrait of a saltwater crocodile in the Solomon Islands, taken by Keri Wilk. Other stunning images include a cuttlefish eating its prey, an octopus guarding its eggs, and a beautiful juvenile flying fish. Thousands of entries were viewed by the judges before the final set of amazing images were selected.

1st place, Wide Angle category. "Under the jetty" by Phil Sokol taken in Raja Ampat


1st place, Behavior category. "On Guard" by Matt Tworkowski. Octopus guarding her eggs

About the Underwater Photography Guide:

The Underwater Photography Guide is a comprehensive website and community for learning about underwater photography and dive destinations, with over 500 pages of organized tutorials, forums, reviews, articles and workshops. 



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