Results: 2018 SoCal Shootout

Best in Show and Open Portrait category winner: Josh Musselwhite.

The results of the 2018 SoCal Shootout have been announced. It took place from 14 to 16 September 2018 with participants diving throughout Southern Californian waters. Congratulations to Josh Musselwhite for his winning image and to all entrants and finalists.

Press release

2018 SoCal Shootout Results

This year marked the 8th annual shootout, with a record breaking number of prizes and dollar values!

After hearing reports from our various contestants, conditions were quite mixed depending on where you went out, making some dive sites much more challenging to shoot than others, but overall there were some great marine life sightings and some stunning photos submitted!

See below for the full list of winners. All winning photos and the prizes won, can be found on the contest’s webpage

The 2018 SoCal Shootout weekend took place September 14-16th, 2018 with participants diving throughout our Southern California waters. The participants for the event were a great blend of local divers, and commuters coming as far as the East Coast in order to participate!

Over $25,000 in prizes are being awarded to the winners with top sponsors including Quino el Guardian, Aquatica Digitial, Kraken Sports, Volivoli Beach Resort, Clearly Cayman Resorts, Bluewater Travel, El Galleon Dive Resort, & Think Tank Photo. Bluewater Travel will be organizing the winner’s trips from our international sponsors. Here is a full list of sponsors.

About the SoCal Shootout:

The SoCal Shootout is a weekend-long photography extravaganza in which underwater photographers strive to capture the best possible photos over a single weekend. Major editing is not allowed, so the competition truly tests their abilities to capture stunning imagery in-camera. Bluewater Photo, a dedicated underwater photography center, hosts the event along with sponsors from many top underwater photography brands, international dive resorts, and local California dive boats. All share the excitement of supporting the Southern California scuba diving community.

For those interested in participating next year, the 9th annual SoCal Shootout will be September 13th - 15th, 2019.



Josh Musselwhite
Honorable Mention: Desmond Ho


1st: Davis Huber

2nd: Jon Anderson
3rd: Curtis Wee
4th: Tiffany Poon
5th: Jon Anderson


1st: Josh Musselwhite
2nd: Jon Anderson
3rd: Jon Anderson
4th: Desmond Ho
5th: Craig Hoover


1st: John Ericksen

2nd: Tiffany Poon
3rd: Brook Peterson
4th: Jim Agronick
5th: Davis Huber


1st: Desmond Ho

2nd: Michael Edward Francisco
3rd: Desmond Ho
4th: Devon Fox
5th: Jon Anderson


1st: Michal Ross

2nd: Michal Ross
3rd: Michael Edward Francisco


1st: Bruce Olinder

2nd: Jason O’Rourke
3rd: George Moakley


1st: Andre Labuda

2nd: Tyler Schiffman
3rd: Andre Labuda
4th: John Ericksen
5th: Bruce Sudweeks


1st: John Ericksen

2nd: Desmond Ho
3rd: Desmond Ho
4th: Desmond Ho
5th: Julie Gordon


1st: Todd Kortte

2nd: Weiwei Gao
3rd (tie): Weiwei Gao
3rd (tie): Dan McGanty


1st: Dan McGanty

2nd: Weiwei Gao
3rd: Todd Kortte