Thursday, November 30, 2023
Underwater Contest Winners Announced Contest Winners Announced


The folks at recently announced the winners of the 2016 underwater photography contest.

The judges received 5,355 entries, out of which 973 were selected for the first round. According to organizer Tal Mor:

“We are so proud to be having a constant flow of new talent coming in. Our goal is and always have been to promote young talent and give them a stage to show off their photos and launch a career as underwater photographers.”

Tony Cherbas took home the trophy for 2016 World Champion for his underwater photo of sea turtles.

Tony Cherbas' "Honu Generations Young Old" photo of a pair of young and old sea turtles.
Tony Cherbas’ “Honu Generations Young Old” photo of a pair of young and old sea turtles.

Steven Miller and Tanya Houppermans each took home “Grand Master” trophies for their photos of sharks underneath a dive boat and a sunken World War 2 German submarine, respectively.

Steven Miller's "If you try line sun boat" photo of sharks underneath a dive boat
Steven Miller’s photo of sharks underneath a dive boat.
Tanya Houpperman's photo of a sunken WW2 U-boat.
Tanya Houpperman’s photo of a sunken WW2 U-boat.

To view more of their work plus all the rest of the winners, go to the website.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.