Results: 2022 PADI/Scuba Diving Through Your Lens Contest

Grand prize winner: Boaz Johnson

PADI and Scuba Diving have announced the results of their Through Your Lens photo contest. Congratulations to all the winners and to Box Johnson with his flying fish reflection image that was awarded as the overall winner.

Press release



Together, PADI and Scuba Diving magazine has announced the winners of their 18th annual Through Your Lens photo contest, which drew in nearly 2,600 entries from around the world.

The submissions for our 2022 Through Your Lens photo contest have exceeded our expectations,” says Andy Leisner, Chief Consumer Officer of PADI Worldwide, the publisher of Scuba Diving magazine. “The imagery in this annual collection of underwater photography is outstanding, unique, and captures what a very small portion of the global population has had the opportunity to experience: the other stunning 70% of our watery planet.”

This year’s grand prize winner is Boz Johnson, whose striking nighttime image of a flying fish gliding just below the surface highlights the magic of the underwater world and the beauty worth protecting.

Through Your Lens is the first photo Johnson ever entered, and he took home $1,000 from Scuba Diving magazine and a liveaboard trip aboard the BVI Aggressor from Aggressor Adventures.

The prize winning images in the four contest categories macro, wide angle, behavior, and compact camera include: ice diving a whale carcass, a perch eating another perch, a moray eel opening its mouth for a teeth cleaning from a bluestreak wrasse, a diver exploring the shallows of a Mexican cenote on a sunny day, a whale shark at night, an octopus mother tending her eggs, and a black and white shrimp. (credit: Boz Johnson, Grand Prize Winner)

The first place winner for each of the specified categories also received the week-long Aggressor Adventures liveaboard trip, the second place winners a SCUBAPRO regulator, and the third place winners a SeaLife light or underwater smartphone housing accessory. Select winners will also be given the opportunity to have their photos featured on PADI certification cards.

Alex Dawson, First Place–Wide Angle

Yury Ivanov, First Place–Macro

Miguel Ramirez, First Place–Compact Camera

Salvatore Ianniello, First Place–Behavior

We are on a mission to encourage more people to experience, explore and protect our shared blue planet, with the 2022 Through Your Lens images playing a powerful role in sparking positive ocean change,” continues Leisner.