DivePhotoGuide and Wetpixel have announced the winning images and videos in the 2021 edition of the DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition.
The competition invited submissions to five image categories and a video category, with entries evaluated by a panel of industry experts and award-winning photographers, including: Florian Fischer, Imran Ahmad, Jennifer Hayes, Mike Bartick and Stephen Frink.
This year, Martin Broen received the “Best of Show” prize for his 1st place in the Black and White category. The image, a capture of the pristine stalactites and stalagmites in a Mexican cenote, earned Broen the top cash prize of US$1,000 (~€886).
The 1st place winners in the other categories were Julian Hsu (Macro Traditional), Sander van der Heijden (Macro Unrestricted), Enrico Somogyi (Wide Angle Traditional), Tom Shlesinger (Wide Angle Unrestricted) and Alex del Olmo (Video).
Each of them received a cash prize of $250 (~€221).
In a joint statement, DPG Editor-in-Chief Joseph Tepper and Wetpixel Publisher Adam Hanlon said:
“Once again, the DPG/Wetpixel Masters competition has demonstrated the incredible talent that exists in our community of underwater shooters. As many of us continue to face lockdowns and travel restrictions, these photos and films remind us of the riches under the sea and why we must maintain our collective passion to protect the oceans we love.”
The organizers also said 15 percent of entry proceeds will once again be donated to marine conservation efforts.
Check out the full competition results at underwatercompetition.com.