Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Winners Announced; $82,000 Worth of Prizes Awarded

One of the largest online underwater photography competitions ever held, the Ocean Art Photo Competition and Underwater Photography Guide award $82,000 worth of prizes to 52 winning underwater photographers. Stunning photographs include manta rays, a hunting leopard seal, and colorful nudibranchs.

Tobias Friedrich, Best of Show 2011, "Manta Madness"

December 14, 2011 /Photography News - PRWEB/  The Second Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, has announced its winners for 2011. This year's Ocean Art Photo Competition represents entrants from over fifty countries.

Nataliya Chervyakova, 1st Place, Marine Life Behavior 2011, "Hunting Leopard Seal"
Over $82,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to 52 underwater photographers, including a 10-night all-inclusive package for 2 people at KBR Lembeh, 18 nights in Papua New Guinea at Walindi/ Febrina and Loloata, 11 days on the SMY Ondina, 1.5 spots to the Socorro Islands aboard the Rocio Del Mar, an 11 day trip on the vessel KLM Aurora, a 7 day charter in Fiji aboard the Nai'a, 5 nights' accommodations and diving at Wananavu, a one week package for 2 people at Maluku Divers Resort, and a trip to either Socorro or Guadalupe aboard Nautilus Explorer.

Anders Salesjö, 1st Place, Macro 2011, "Backswimmer at Surface"
Judges this year included prestigious professional photographers Marty Snyderman, Bonnie Pelnar, Martin Edge, and Tony Wu.

There are at least 4 winners in each of 12 categories, including Wide-Angle, Macro, Portrait, Behavior, Novice, Nudibranchs, SuperMacro, Fashion, Coldwater, and 3 Compact Camera categories.

Luis Miguel Cortes Lozano, 1st Place, Portrait 2011, "Twins"
The Best of Show was a stunning wide-angle photograph of several manta rays, taken by Tobias Friedrich of Germany. Other stunning images include a hunting leopard seal, a pair of eels, and a beautiful squid composition. Thousands of entries were viewed by the judges before the final set of amazing images were selected, and deemed some of the best underwater photos in the world.

Tony Cherbas, 1st Place, Novice dSLR 2011, "Narcissus"
World famous underwater photographer and contest judge Martin Edge commented, "This year the judging was very tight due to so many superb images. After much discussion, agreements, and disagreements, we felt the winners really stood out. For myself, the best in show was the most awesome shot in the entire collection."

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