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I watched half a film yesterday. It was Planet Earth - Shallow Seas. Awesome footage as always (if you like death).

 

Haven't seen anything else, not bothered to see the slides.

 

Spend the day having quality banter with many photographers. It is such a special event here.

 

Alex

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Death & Sex,

 

Thats what sells these days...

 

You should wait for my next feature...'Four killers and an Orgy'

 

It's going to be a classic..

 

Dive safe

 

Dean(have a beer for me)B

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Alex, say hi to Verushka for me.... i suggested to her she should give you a kick in the butt.....

 

so if you not lookin at slides or films... ???????

 

 

Just a drunk eh?

 

hahahha

 

we will get along.... :D

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so if you not lookin at slides or films... ???????

Just a drunk eh?

 

No, it was a very civilised event. But it might have had something to do with being tear-gassed out of the restaurant on Saturday night !

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Congrats to Alex for winning a 2nd place in b&w prints(?). Other than that I didnt see very many people i recognize besides the obvious Michael Aw's of this world..

 

Cor

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Congrats to Alex for winning a 2nd place in b&w prints(?). Other than that I didnt see very many people i recognize besides the obvious Michael Aw's of this world..

 

Cor

 

:D Cor, that's AWfully direct but AWesomely funny.

 

Alex, did you walk out of the Shallow Seas to go to the bathroom again? You do know that Mark Brownlow was in the audience. :D

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:D Cor, that's AWfully direct but AWesomely funny.

I didnt mean to be funny. I just didnt recognize anyone but Alex from wetpixel in the price winners. Besides wetpixel members I did ofcourse recognize some other, wellknown, people like Mr Aw.

 

The winner of the slide competition has some awesome images. Very very nice.

 

Cor

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I had a great time there and was very pleased with my award. It is always an honour to get one there. Tobias's winning portfolio is excellent, you can see it here:

 

http://www.underwater-festival.com/fr/dire...s/or/index.html

Excellence in every shot and includes very diverse subject matter.

 

Quite a similar cast of winners to those in the BBC Wildlife competition (Bernhard, Aw, Lungdren and me). I had a fantastic time socially and really enjoyed all the quality photo banter with those I met.

 

Jason Heller also has an excellent report on the festival here, which no doubt will grow when he is next online/jet-lag free:

http://divephotoguide.com/international_un...stival_day1.php

 

Alex

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Jane Morgan who won the B&W is also a Wetpixel member - and the wife of JP (AKA Frogmansub)......

 

Agree with everyone, it was a great event again

 

Spoke to quite a few wetpixellers, but only just realised they were members here having read back through the threads - including you André - we were nattering at Darek Sepiolo's stand I believe, and Claude showed me some stunning images of the wreck "Le Rubis"

 

Look forward to next year...

 

:D

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Spoke to quite a few wetpixellers, but only just realised they were members here having read back through the threads - including you André - we were nattering at Darek Sepiolo's stand I believe, and Claude showed me some stunning images of the wreck "Le Rubis"

 

Look forward to next year...

 

:D

 

I remember you :D . You were talking about my Mozambique article right?

 

Nice festival. And very nice to meet so many people that share the same passion.

 

But I am still confused that the jury didn't like my Leopard Seal :)

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Congratulation to Alex,

 

and for the Film-section:

 

congratulation to Brumby who won a special price for his film, The last frontier,

 

to Skawdiver for the Bubblings reefs,

 

and for the audience who saw our films in the small, very crowdy and warm tent (Spondylia) :D

 

Jules

who won a lots of experience and knowledge how to win the next year's festival :D

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yep, thats a great portfolio, congrats to all...

 

glad you guys had a good time!

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Ooh should really make arrangements to meet up with more people next year, didnt realise that so many were there. I was there for the whole duration on the DIVE magazine stand... or not.. socialising got the better of me. Great to spend time with Steve, Pete, Alex and Jason, oh and of course my husband, frogman! Was a complete surpise to win the b/w prints, and the champagne was good too... hic :D

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Cronix,

 

I had the same probs with my film last year..The judges just didn't have a clue about the love, time, passion, dedication and committment we put into 'our' productions..

 

Luckily for the others 'they did'...

 

Well done to all..Fantastic achievements...

 

Dive safe

 

DeanB

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Cronix,

 

I had the same probs with my film last year..The judges just didn't have a clue about the love, time, passion, dedication and committment we put into 'our' productions..

 

Luckily for the others 'they did'...

 

Well done to all..Fantastic achievements...

 

Dive safe

 

DeanB

 

I don't think they should know about the passion, love and time. They cannot see that in the end result, right?

 

What I was hoping for is that a festival like this would set the standard and that they promote progression in photography. And they normally do that. The slides winner was absolutely the best with great non standard images. B&W prints, was also ok. Congrats to Harry, Alex and Jane!

Color prints is a different story for me. The images from Alex or Denis Palbiani were fantastic. But I am sure the winners will think differently :D

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Of course they can,

 

I think they need to see the heart and feeling in any piece of artistic interpretation..Be it film or still.

 

If you win through luck with a quick snapshot then fairplay and well done. But the time and knowledge spent achieveing most of these shots is worthy of applause in itself.

 

I was gutted that I didn't get a mention for my film as it was my first baby and I put a lot of time and effort into it and when you get the likes of Doug Allan telling you they thought it was excellent for a first attempt then you think your on your way to the BBC's internal group of filmakers.

 

But hey "thats life kid"

 

I put it down to the judges not getting 'laid' the night before. It could never of been that the others were better. Or maybe they had a bad day.. :D

 

But next time I'll win, you wait and see..

 

Dive safe

 

DeanB

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Of course they can,

 

I think they need to see the heart and feeling in any piece of artistic interpretation..Be it film or still.

 

If you win through luck with a quick snapshot then fairplay and well done. But the time and knowledge spent achieveing most of these shots is worthy of applause in itself.

 

I was gutted that I didn't get a mention for my film as it was my first baby and I put a lot of time and effort into it and when you get the likes of Doug Allan telling you they thought it was excellent for a first attempt then you think your on your way to the BBC's internal group of filmakers.

 

But hey "thats life kid"

 

I put it down to the judges not getting 'laid' the night before. It could never of been that the others were better. Or maybe they had a bad day..

 

But next time I'll win, ou wait and see..

 

Dive safe

 

DeanB

 

Oh well. Its just a jury sport. Sometimes you win, sometimes you loose. It was my dream to win the color prints. But I really don't know what to send in next year. My best ever show didn't make it :D . So, just a very good reason to get into the water again!

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Competition judging is always subjective and the difference between being in the top 25 or being the winner is nearly always small. When you win something you have to remind yourself that the luck was on your side, and when you don't you have to realise that it wasn't.

 

If you read the photographer entry list to Antibes you will see the names of many many excellent photographers, and walking around the gallery you will see many images that have won big competitions before (Antibes accepts entries that have won other competitions, so that they can get the best of the best). The standard is very high and you have many great images competing for just 3 awards. So we can't all win them!

 

Judging also depends on the judges personal preference and experience. Andre, I loved your leopard seal images, but maybe the judges had seen the current national geographic, which has some truely amazing photos of the same subject matter and therefore your image lost its originality and impact.

 

That said, I do think that the colour print judging was unusual thsi year - and I commented such in my report for UWP Magazine, out later this week. The Judges commented that the standard of colour prints was down a bit this year, and they had trouble coming to a consensus. They also commented that the black and white prints were very strong this year, as were the slides, both of which were judged well IMO.

 

In the end, judging is a difficult job. And I know at Antibes that the judges take the job very seriously and are very dedicated. But in the end it is a subjective decision, and you have to remember that both when you are unlucky and when luck comes your way.

 

Alex

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Oh well. Its just a jury sport. Sometimes you win, sometimes you loose. It was my dream to win the color prints. But I really don't know what to send in next year. My best ever show didn't make it :D . So, just a very good reason to get into the water again!

You'll just have to make an even better one. Antibes is a very very high level contest. You're up against professionals that do nothing but photography in the most exceptional spots in the world. Competing with that is tough. I definately think your leopard seal image was a good contender, but as Alex said, judging is very subjective. I entered Antibes myself in the portfolio contest even though I knew I didnt stand a chance. But if you dont try, and learn from the experience of pre-selecting your images, you'll definately never get much better.

 

Cor

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You'll just have to make an even better one. Antibes is a very very high level contest. You're up against professionals that do nothing but photography in the most exceptional spots in the world. Competing with that is tough. I definately think your leopard seal image was a good contender, but as Alex said, judging is very subjective. I entered Antibes myself in the portfolio contest even though I knew I didnt stand a chance. But if you dont try, and learn from the experience of pre-selecting your images, you'll definately never get much better.

 

Cor

 

I don't know if the color print winners are professionals. Like Alex said; what is better? You don't need a "better" image. It's just to be lucky if the jury likes your image. I agree with the jury that the overall quality of the color prints was a litle bit down. And by the way Antarctica is exceptional enough for me :D

 

One other thing. In previous years there was a list with the results for all photographers. Does this list exist this year? I would really like to see it. I only have a list with the price winners right now.

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Thats a brilliant achievement.. :D

 

Don't be to down on yourself.. 5th is well respectable in this festival..

 

Well done.

 

Dive safe

 

DeanB

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Hi

 

Yeah, it was a great event, and the weather was perfect, so my wife and I ended up on the beach, instead of the very warm cinema.

 

But, still we got to see some fine films.

 

Nice meeting you, Jules, Bruno and Ed. And Jason of divephotoguide.com

 

Bruno, I still think that you at least should had been in top 3, with your film !

 

A little pic below. (Why am I not drinking champagne ? :D )

 

From right to left, Me, Bruno, Ed's wife and Ed

(sorry to Ed's wife, can't remember your name, I am suffering from "Alzheimer light" :D ).

 

antibes2006.jpg

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