DivePhotoGuide.com and Wetpixel.com, organisers of the 11th edition of the Underwater Competition Series, recently announced the winners of the two constituent contests, Our World Underwater 2016, one of the world’s biggest underwater photo and video competitions, and DEEP Indonesia 2016, the signature component of Indonesia’s prestigious diving, adventure travel and extreme sports expo.

This year’s competitions attracted thousands of entries from all over the world, with entrants submitting their images in a wide range of contest categories, including macro, wide angle, animal behaviour, animal portraits, reefscapes, divers, surf, compact cameras, and even commercial, conceptual and fashion. The judging panels comprised various experts from the underwater photography and dive publishing worlds, including Keri Wilk, Alex Mustard, Berkley White, Amanda Cotton, Daniel Botelho, Aaron Wong, Joe Tepper (DivePhotoGuide.com), Abi Smigel Mullens (Wetpixel.com) and Alice Grainger (Scuba Diver AustralAsia and Asian Diver).

The Our World Underwater 2016 “Best of Show” image was an amazing shot of humpback whales by Fabien Michenet (above), while the DEEP Indonesia 2016 “Best of Show” image was a wonderful capture of mating toads taken by Mathieu Foulquié. Check out the other first place images in the gallery below.

 

Our World Underwater 2016 Photo Competition Winners

Our World Underwater 2016 – Wide Angle Traditional Gold by Octavio Aburto

Our World Underwater 2016 – Wide Angle Traditional Gold by Octavio Aburto

 

Our World Underwater 2016 – Macro Unrestricted Gold by Jeff Milisen

Our World Underwater 2016 – Macro Unrestricted Gold by Jeff Milisen

 

Our World Underwater 2016 – Macro Traditional Gold by Neal Hoogenboom

Our World Underwater 2016 – Macro Traditional Gold by Neal Hoogenboom

 

Our World Underwater 2016 – Compact Cameras Gold by Bert Willaert

Our World Underwater 2016 – Compact Cameras Gold by Bert Willaert

 

Our World Underwater 2016 – Commercial, Conceptual & Fashion Gold by Lucie Drlikova

Our World Underwater 2016 – Commercial, Conceptual & Fashion Gold by Lucie Drlikova

 

DEEP Indonesia 2016 Photo Competition Winners

DEEP Indonesia 2016 – Animal Behavior Gold and “Best of Show” by Mathieu Foulquié

DEEP Indonesia 2016 – Animal Behaviour Gold and “Best of Show” by Mathieu Foulquié

 

DEEP Indonesia 2016 – Animal Portrait Gold by Yen-Yi Lee

DEEP Indonesia 2016 – Animal Portraits Gold by Yen-Yi Lee

 

DEEP Indonesia 2016 – Reefscapes Category Gold by Alfonso Expósito

DEEP Indonesia 2016 – Reefscapes Gold by Alfonso Expósito

 

DEEP Indonesia 2016 – Divers Gold by Gianni Pecchiar

DEEP Indonesia 2016 – Divers Gold by Gianni Pecchiar

 

DEEP Indonesia 2016 – Compact Cameras Gold by Virginia Salzedo

DEEP Indonesia 2016 – Compact Cameras Gold by Virginia Salzedo

 

DEEP Indonesia 2016 – Surf Gold by Chase Darnell

DEEP Indonesia 2016 – Surf Gold by Chase Darnell

 

To see more awesome photographs, check out the Deepblu ADEX 2016 Voice of the Ocean Winners and Finalists, unveiled during the live judging event at the recent Asia Dive Expo 2016.