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#1 rschrager

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 07:07 PM

WITH OVER ENTRIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD, THESE ARE THE WINNERS OF THE BENEATH THE SEA 2007 WORLDWIDE UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO COMPETITION

Visit http://beneaththesea...07-Winners.htm to see all the winning entries.

The Best in Show for Underwater Photography receives the David Doubilet Award for Excellence in Photography and a ten day trip on the M.V. Telita in Papua New Guinea.
This year's winner, is "Jellyfish" by Susan D. Coleman, Garden Grove, CA.

The Best in Show-Creative application of photography receives the Jim Church Award for Excellence in Underwater Creative Photography and a live-aboard trip aboard the S.M.Y Ondina in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.. This year's winner is Judy E. Johnson of Irving, TX with “Shrimp Dancer.”

The Best in Show-Video receives the Stan Waterman Award for Excellence in Underwater Videography and a live-aboard trip for two on the Caribbean Explorer II. This year's winner is Leandro Blanco of Madrid, Spain, for his video, “Clown Struck.”


2007 COMPETITION WINNERS

David Doubilet Award: "Jellyfish" by Susan D. Coleman, Garden Grove, CA.

Conservation
1. Lawrence Alex Wu, Bangkok, Thailand.
2. Invading Species, John Kaim, Floral Park, NY
3. Hooked Ray, Gloria Freund, McLean, VA

Wreck
1. Ghosts of WWII, Rick J. Coleman, Garden Grove, CA
2. San Francisco Maru Tank, Roger Carlson, Redondo Beach, CA

General
1. Dark reflection, Mark N Thomas, Northwich, Ceshire,UK
2. Framed Angel, Martin Heyn, Seattle, WA
HON. Returning Home, Christopher Guglielmo, Palmetto, FL

Macro
1. Chin Stop, Pasquale Pascullo, New York, NY
2. Some Weird Shrimp, Mark H Melnick, West Hartford, CT
3. David and Goliath, David G. Porral, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
HON. The Bartender, Rand McMeins, Edmonds, Wa.

Marine Life
1. Friends, Steven Kovacs,Bonita Springs, Fl
2. You lookin' at me?, Orhan Aytur, Ankara, TURKEY
3. Grey seal, Mark N Thomas, Northwich, Ceshire,UK
HON. Loving Eyes Puffers, Alex Tattersall, Charminster, Dorset, UK
HON. Two Worlds, Cor Bosman, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Underwater Behavior
1. Fine dining, Steven Kovacs,Bonita Springs, Fl,
2. Seahorse Seduction, John Munro, Brentwood, TX
3. Mouthful, Keri Wilk, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
HON. Deep Throat, Pasquale Pascullo, New York, NY

CREATIVE
1. JIM CHURCH AWARD, Skeleton Shrimp Dancer, Judy E. Johnson, Irving, TX
2. Paint by Numbers, Karen Sweeney, Bokeela, FL
3. One Weird Dive, Karen Sweeney, Bokeela, FL
HON. Strange Encounters, Mathew A Cook, Waialua, HI
HON. Psychedelic Eastport, Ralph L Oberlander, Dover, NH

VIDEO
1. STAN WATERMAN AWARD, Clown Struck, Leandro Blanco, Madrid, Spain
2. Macro Palau, Nick Martorano, Carpinteria,CA
3. The River Runs Red, Charlie Oldfield, Nottingham, Notts, UK

Video Snapshot
1. It's just a game!, Lucie Winton, Eversham, AK

The winners of the Beneath the Sea 2007 Worldwide Photo/Video Competition will be shown at the Saturday Night Film Festival during the weekend of Beneath the Sea's Ocean Adventure and Travel Exposition, March 23rd, 24th and 25th, 2007, at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey.

For more information on the Photo Contest, to enter next year's Photo Contest, or to see the winning photos please keep your eyes on the Beneath the Sea Website: WWW.Beneaththesea.org throughout the year

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 09:04 PM

Many familiar names and stunning images, well done!

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 05:29 AM

Congrats to all those who placed.

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 10:28 AM

In addition to the winning photographs, Leandro Blanco's video, “Clown Struck.” the winner of the Stan Waterman Award for Excellence in Underwater Videography and Lucie Winton's video snapshot, "It's just a game!," are now available for viewing at www.BeneathTheSea.org..

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 02:15 PM

This will probably cause trouble but how the heck does this image get a third place in the conservation cat??? the quality is just awful, were there so few entries??

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 05:00 PM

Patrick.

I agree with your thoughts although I personally would have picked out a few others that I am amazed placed.

Rather than single out the ones that placed that I don't think are anything near the quality of previous years I would say that there was probably an serious lack of entries up to the standards of previous years.

The judges have remained the same for as long as I can remember.
Maria Hults and Bob Ricke used to dive with me at Fisheye and are wholly nice people .. once you get to know them / used to them. I see Maria every so often at Sunset House where I know she used to dive, but have no idea who's boat she goes out on now.

Would be interesting to see if anyone has the cahonas to post images they entered that they feel were better entries so we can see if maybe there was something else at play rather than lack of entries.
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Posted 09 March 2007 - 05:15 PM

I would have to agree and hope that some people who entered will post there images for the rest of us to see, because something stinks here.

How does this photo get a first place:

http://beneaththesea...ner-Big-Pic.htm

And this one a third????

http://beneaththesea...ner-Big-Pic.htm

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 05:46 PM

Christopher Guglielmo <sp> (whale shot) is/was the photopro on one of the aggressors, i would think he will have entered a few images, and i would think the quality will be at of least the standard of that image.

The shot Cor entered also showed a lot of creativity and patience, and luck with the weather in order to get that shot of the lionfish, making it a pretty unique photo imho.

There are also a lot of cropped shots in there, which im surprised can be entered.

But there are a some nice shots in there. I would like to see some that didn't make it too.

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 11:59 PM

I would have to agree and hope that some people who entered will post there images for the rest of us to see, because something stinks here.

How does this photo get a first place:

http://beneaththesea...ner-Big-Pic.htm

And this one a third????

http://beneaththesea...ner-Big-Pic.htm


Thanks for the constructive criticism - a photo taken in a UK quarry coming first, hold the front page!
Maybe the judges liked it because it was different. Ask them.
For me, diving is a hobby. I have to do a day job to pay for it. Started entering comps last year as a bit of fun, so to be placed in a comp was a fantastic surprise. The BTS comp is for amateurs I believe so maybe the winning entries were chosen to reflect this. Shame we can't all reach the exalted standards of the Wetpixelers.
No offence taken or intended by the way - life is too short.
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Posted 10 March 2007 - 01:20 AM

Hi Danycraig,

I don't think it was meant to cause offence to you, i think what you have touched upon is quite probably the case, that folks with less experience and smallers cameras are given preference. If that's the case then it is great, and a wonderful opportunity for people with point and shoots to compete.

I think the surprise stated by Patrick could have been more subtle, but i think what he was trying to get across is that if it is as i have written above, it should be stated that it is not a level playing field in the competition details.

I hope you enjoy whatever prize you got and the fact you finished first, it is not something some moaning folks on here can take away from you!

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 01:36 AM

I don't think it was the fact it was taken in a quarry but ther actual photo itself. That stood the brunt.

To me it looks like a holiday snap that was lucky with the reflection. Don't get me wrong I probably couldn't do much better, but thats just my view. After you look at some of the photo's that go around this forum you will feel the same.

I am always entering comps in the Amateur (video) section of festivals, only because i do not work underwater for a living, but that does not stop me making the most of the time I have in the realm. We just have to be better and try harder than the 'Lucky few' I'm afraid. Wait until you get to the 'Newcomers' catagories..I was up against production companies with my 'self-financed' film.. You can imaging were I came :)

People on this forum are spoilt with some amazing images.. And as participants in wetpix we 'maybe' think we have to keep up with the joneses (not you Steve). But thats life. Not for me though. Just doing my thing.

Anyway well done..I do not think people can take that away from you. Just some times critisism is harder to take, especially when your on a high from winning (yes winning!!! :wacko: :o ) an award.

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 03:05 AM

Thanks for the comments.
I'm old and daft enough not to take criticism personally, but it seems unfair to slag off the judges. I have never understood how judges choose one image over another - each comp has its own criteria I suppose and photography is as subjective as any other art form.
Don't know what the prize is yet :wacko:
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Posted 10 March 2007 - 03:24 AM

No Offence intended to anyone, but I'll give you an idea where I'm going with it.

Two years ago I was asked to help out in a competition here in Cayman. The judges while looking at the entries decided that no one person could win a 1st in anything twice, so they quickly looked at all the images and deleted the ones they did not like, that left 3 for each of the 6 categories. They then noticed that a few people had won a 1st prize twice so they removed them gave the 1st to a lesser image? That's when I said "you invite people to enter all the categories but you make sure they only win one" that's not right.

So my apologies if you get upset but a diver in a lake with a reflection, nice shot, or a humpback whale under a boat, both composed nicely, the diver shot can be done almost any time, anywhere, the whale once in a lifetime, the whale wins every time for me and has nothing to do with being in a lake. But that's just my opinion, congras to all the winners.

Oh and I still can't get over that Eagle Ray image?

Edited by kriptap, 10 March 2007 - 03:26 AM.


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Posted 10 March 2007 - 08:45 AM

I agree that Christopher's whale deserved a better place . I had give it best of show.

Just to illustrate how different are the judging in every contest , i'm posting my entries to BTS this year .
With pic # 1 i was awarded best of show at OWU contest and at BTS that same pic don't even placed as honorable mention .

BTS rules allows cropping to be made , sometimes i cropped my pics without take in consideration that final proportions remains the same as the original image . I just made it the way it pleased me more , i don't know if this is allowed in competitions , but i think rules are not specific in this regard in most of the cases .
I will like to know your opinions about the cropping in odd proportions .

By the way my favorite pic is # 2 , because was extremely difficult for me to capture that image , also i think is the most beautiful the subject i had ever came across . It was take at night in Lembeh.

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 09:16 AM

I don't know why the pics didn't appear attached !

Anyway , here is the link for a gallery of 6 pics that i sent :

http://www.flickr.co...9856@N00/21A016

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 09:43 AM

the whale once in a lifetime


Unless you happen to work on the turks and caicos aggressor! :wacko: :o

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 11:31 AM

When we compete in art this is what happens. Art is too personal and subjective to be a contest. Add to that the notion that the playing field must be level and you have an unworkable situation. The orgs that run contests want to get as many entry fees as possible. Photographers that pay good money to enter, expect that they will be given the same judging standards as everyone else. Sponsors want to see lots of participation and continuously new faces in the winning circle. These are all opposing concepts so unhappy people can be expected.

Should a shot be considered “better” because it is of a rare occurrence? Or because the photographer used a lesser priced camera? Or because it wasn’t cropped? Or because the photographer isn’t lucky enuf to be in the water 300 days out of the year? All of these questions only come up because it’s a contest and really have nothing to do with how the image affects the viewer. Isn’t how the image affects the viewer really all that matters? Imagine Michelangelo being disqualified for using the wrong medium (the rules clearly stated no ceilings were allowed!). Picture Ansel Adams being disqualified for dodging the edges of a shot (no manipulations!).

As long as we look at underwater photography as a competition it will be stifled as an art. I’m not saying that we should never enter contests. I’m just saying that as long as we treat photography more like football than painting, the results will be scores instead of art.

Just a thought. :wacko:

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 02:15 AM

I love this guy..

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 04:46 AM

Rather than single out the ones that placed that I don't think are anything near the quality of previous years I would say that there was probably an serious lack of entries up to the standards of previous years.



It was weird that many catagories did not have 1st-3rd and honorable mentions with entries from around the world..

Edited by TheRealDrew, 12 March 2007 - 04:46 AM.


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Posted 12 March 2007 - 08:42 AM

Does anyone know Charlie Oldfield...He keeps popping up in festivals. Sometimes he's from 'OZ' and others, the U.K. He came third in the Stan Waterman video category..

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