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Nature’s Best Ocean Views Contest 2009 announces winners

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#1 echeng


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Posted 03 June 2009 - 01:34 PM

Received this email from Nature's Best just now. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Nature’s Best Photography Magazine is pleased to announce the winners of the Ocean Views Photography Contest!
Out of nearly 8,000 submitted photos, 26 images have been selected as winners. All winning images will be published in the next issue of Nature's Best Photography magazine due out this summer. If you were not selected to as a winner in this year’s contest, we encourage you to continue with the great work! We received so many excellent photos, which made our selection process very difficult!

Our next Ocean Views competition will open for entries in the Fall of 2009 as we launch a new alliance with the Divers Alert Network. This new partnership will bring enhanced opportunities for image display through online, print, and exhibition presentations. Stay connected to our blog (www.naturesbestblog.com) for more information and updates.

We appreciate your patience in receiving this announcement. Thank you for participating in this years' competition—the images entered were very high quality—and we look forward to seeing more of your photography in the future.

See the attached list to view the names of the winners.

All the best,
The Nature's Best Team

The winners' list was a PDF, but I've ripped it out as text:

Grand Prize Winner:
Matthew Potenski (Whale Shark and Sardines)

Winners (in alphabetical order):
Stephen Belcher (Adelie Penguin Jumping)
Gary Brennand (Cuttlefish, Pink Anemonefish, Green Turtle and Moon Jellyfish)
Linda Cline (Pygmy Seahorse)
David Hartley (Weddell Seal)
Richard Herrman (Blue Shark, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, and Research Sub)
George Jiri Karbus (Bottlenose Dolphins)
Marina Kochetova (Giant Pacific Octopus)
Steven Kovacs (Nudibranchs)
Rainer Mirau (Dustanburgh Castle, England)
Amos Nachoum (Sailfish )
Michael Patrick O’Neill (Checkerboard Wrasse)
Lazaro Ruda (Spotted Dolphin )
Alexander Safonov (Cape Gannet and Sardines)
Rogerio Silva (Whitetip Reef Shark)
Patrick Smith (Pfeiffer Beach State Park)
Victor Tabernero (Nosestripe Clownfish)
Carlos Virgili (Photographer/Canary Islands)
Darwin Wiggett (Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia)
Timothy Wolcott (Graveyard of the Icebergs)
Jeffrey Yonover (Diver and Golden Sweepers)
Kah Kit Yoong (Victoria Coast, Australia)
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#2 marinedomain


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Posted 06 June 2009 - 02:29 AM

My three winning entries,

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 03:10 AM

Stunning images Gary!!
Congrats to all winners!

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 04:37 AM

Well deserved, great shots Gary. Congrats.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 05:51 AM

great job Gary. and to all of the others as well!

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 07:43 AM

Congratulations to all! Any idea when the pics will be on the website? Or is there a link to the winners?


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Posted 06 June 2009 - 10:03 AM

Congatulations, that 2nd shot is beautiful.

Well done to all winners.


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Posted 08 June 2009 - 10:15 PM

I was really stunned when I opened the PDF and found out I had won the grand prize. This is one of my favorite images and I enjoyed it more as whale sharks are the focus of my scientific research...Here is the winning image - thanks for all the kudos...


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Posted 08 June 2009 - 10:18 PM

Great shot Matt, well done

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 01:24 AM

Congratulations all!

I am itching to see the whole gallery.


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Posted 09 June 2009 - 05:14 AM

Congrats to all from last years winner!

From the images I have seen some really amazing stuff. Well done all.

And, my buddy Laz... Kudos my friend.


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Posted 11 June 2009 - 06:40 PM

Here's my humble little guy:
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Posted 12 June 2009 - 09:15 AM

Here's my humble little guy:

Linda, really love it!

As I said before, it is not that it is just a gorgeous macro photograph; but the quality of the communication you captured, between you and the creature is extraordinary! You have a gift as is said! Plus you know your technical stuff.

Best Always, Carol

Edited by seagrant, 12 June 2009 - 09:16 AM.