Deepblu ADEX Voice of the Ocean Competition 2016 was a great success. The “X Factor” of underwater photography contests – many incredible images, videos and artworks were showcased on the ADEX main stage and received insightful analysis and straight-up opinions from our star-studded lineup of judges. This year’s judging lineup was particularly special, being headed by underwater photography superstar Alex Mustard (United Kingdom), and consisted of top-underwater photographers and videographers: Iyad Suleyman (Ukraine), Kurt Amsler (Switzerland), Lynn Funkhouser (USA), Matthew Smith (United Kingdom), Pasquale Vassallo (Italy), Rico Besserdich (Turkey), Shawn Heinrichs (USA) and Tim Ho (Malaysia).

Online viewers were able to watch the events and scoring unfold through ADEX’s brand-new live streaming, which also allowed them to express their opinions – digitally – for the picture, video or artwork they were rooting for. With a list of incredible prizes won for these “A-game” pieces of art, we bring you the submissions of our winners and finalists:

Best of Show – Eduardo Acevedo (Spain)

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Artwork of the Year (Seahorses)

Winner – Abimael Marquez (Puerto Rico)

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Finalists

4. Artwork_DragosDumitrescu_Seahorse_Dauin_01

Dragos Dumitrescu (Romania)

 

27. Artwork, Olga Suslova, Seadragon, watercolor

Olga Suslova (Israel)

 

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Olga Suslova (Israel)

 

25. Artwork, Olga Suslova, Newborn, oil on canvas

Olga Suslova (Israel)

 

Underwater Fashion Photo of the Year

Winner – Andrew Lau (Hong Kong)

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Finalists

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Massimo Giorgetta (Italy)

 

26. Fashion_Tanakit_Flame_Thailand_03

Tanakit Suwanyangyaun (Thailand)

 

6. Fashion_Jim_Chen_Taiwan_03

Jim Chen (Taiwan)

 

8. Fashion_Fan Ping_Oriental Melody_Florida_02

Fan Ping (China)

 

Compact Camera Photo of the Year

Winner – Lynn Wu (Taiwan)

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Finalists

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Chee Wai Cheow (Malaysia)

 

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Ipah Uid (Malaysia)

 

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Lynn Wu (Taiwan)

 

Location: Ambon, Indonesia Camera: Canon G15 Housing: Canon Housing Strobes: Inon Z240 x 2 Diopter: Subsee +10, Inon UCL-165 M67 Settings: ISO 80, F/8, 1/125

Lilian Koh (Singapore)

 

Macro Photo of the Year (Seahorses)

Winner – Louisa Lam (Canada)

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The original photograph selected for Macro Photo of the Year (Seahorses) was unfortunately disqualified as our Rules and Regulations of the competition – Rule number six states that “Images/videos/art works that have won or placed in photo contests announced before 28 February 2016 may not be submitted” (screenshot below). This selected image was previously runner-up.

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Honourable Mention

2. Macro_Strafella_Simplicity_Taranto_01

Roberto Strafella (Italy)

Finalists

127. Macro_MiguelPereira_Seahorse_Anilao

Miguel Pereira (Portugal)

 

80. Macro_VaniaKam_GlowInTheDark_Anilao_01

Vania Kam (Hong Kong)

 

30. Macro_ChristopheHubert_PygmySeverns_RajaAmpat_03Christophe Hubert (France) 

 

Photo of the Year

Winner – Eduardo Acevedo (Spain)

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Finalists

132. Photo_VaniaKam_AllYouCanEatEggsBuffet_Anilao_01

Vania Kam (Hong Kong)

 

29. Photo_DragosDumitrescu_GlowingShelter_Dauin_02

Dragos Dumitrescu (Romania)

 

190. Photo_Mathieu Foulquié_toad_France_01

Mathieu Foulquié (France)

 

235. Photo_Plamena_Losted galaxies_Tenerife_01

Plamena Mileva (Bulgaria)

 

281. Photo_Tracey Jennings_Mysticalforest_Africa_03

Tracey Jennings (UK)

 

311. Photo_EDUARDO ACEVEDO_Basalto_Tenerife_02

Eduardo Acevedo (Spain)

 

Video of the Year

Winner – Evan Sherman (USA)

 

Finalists

Dustin Adamson (USA)

 

Elisabeth Lauwerys (Germany)

 

Silke De Vos (Belgium)

 

Congratulations to the winners!