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2007 - 45th International Underwater Photographic Competition Winners

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BEST OF SHOW
Mirko Zanni of Gordola, Switzerland
"Ice World"
Alpine Lake, Southern Switzerland
Canon EOS 5D with Seacam Housing & 15mm Fisheye, no flash


45th International Underwater Photographic Competition – Sept 30
th & Oct 6th, 2007





45th International Underwater Photographic Competition – Sept 30th & Oct 6th, 2007


BEST OF SHOW – Mirko Zanni, Gordola, SWITZERLAND, “Ice World”
Canon EOS 5D with Seacam Housing & 15mm Fisheye, no flash, Alpine Lake Southern Switzerland
– Won a seven day dive trip in Fiji Islands aboard NAI’A courtesy of NAI’A Cruises Fiji

Category A MACRO DIGITAL
FIRST PLACE – Keri Wilk, Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA, "Baby Frogfish"
Nikon D100 & 105mm lens in Light and Motion Titan housing in Bali, Indonesia in a patch of floating sargassum which has several fresh juvenile frogfish within.
- Won a 7 night dive package in La Paz courtesy of Club Cantamar

SECOND PLACE – Antidio Rossi, Pesaro, ITALY, "Together"
Canon G6 taken in Lembeh
- Won a $200 Camera Repair Certificate courtesy of Sub Aquatic Camera Repair Co.

THIRD PLACE – Fletcher Forbes, Islamorada, FL, USA, "Spike”
Nikon D200 & 105 lens in the Banda Sea
– Won a Nemo 4300 Dive Light courtesy of Pelican Products and a subscription to WetPixel Quarterly Magazine courtesy of WetPixel.com

FOURTH PLACE – Denis Palbiani, Reggio Emilia, ITALY, “Guardian”
- Won a gear pack courtesy of Thermostatic Industries

FIFTH PLACE – Giordano Cipriani, Rome, ITALY, “Cosmic Space
Nikon D2x, 60mm, 2 ys 350, lembeth strait - north sulawesy
– Received a certificate with winning photo

HONORABLE MENTION
Steven Kovacs, Bonita Springs, FL, USA“Reflection”
Nikon D200, 105mm lens, Lembeh, Indonesia.
George Bogard, Rockwell, TX, USA, “Hippocampus Denis”
Nikon D100, 105mm lens in a Nexus housing and dual Ikelite D-125, Bali
Virginia Bria, Farifax, CA, USA, “Cheese”
Nikon D2X with a 100m lens in the Solomon Islands.
Pasquale Vassallo, Napoli, ITALY, “Harlequan”
Giacomo Marchione, La Loggia, ITALY, “La Scalata”
Nikon D200, 60 macro lens in Seacam Housing and two YS120’s, Manado, Indonesia
Mirko Zanni, Gordola, SWITZERLAND, “Catfish”
Canon EOS 5D with Seacam Housing & 100mm Macro lens, 2 flash, Manado, Indonesia
Tony Frank, Culver City, CA, USA, “Crab & Worm”
Giacomo Marchione, La Loggia, ITALY, “Looks”
Nikon D200, 60 macro lens in Seacam Housing and two YS120’s, Cebý, Sampaguita resort, Philippine



Category B MACRO PRINTS
FIRST PLACE – Kevin Lee, Fullerton, CA, USA, “Eye Do”
Nikon D200, 60mm lens Catalina Island, California
– Won a week dive trip to Chuuk/Truk courtesy of Expedition Fleet Liveaboards

SECOND PLACE – Adriano Morettin, Trieste, ITALY "Dondice”
Nikon F5 camera, 60 micro lens, Seacam housing, two Subtronic strobes, Adriatic Sea, near Labin in Croatia.
– Won a custom 20x24 print & deluxe aluminum mounting ($210 value) courtesy of Weldon Color Lab

THIRD PLACE – Todd Winner, Redondo Beach, CA, USA, "Moving Horse"
D2X, 60mm Solomon Islands
– Won a $50 gift certificate courtesy of Reef Photo & Video and a subscription to WetPixel Quarterly Magazine courtesy of WetPixel.com

FOURTH PLACE – Adriano Morettin, Trieste, ITALY “On the Blue Velvet”
Nikon F5 camera, 60 micro lens, Seacam housing, two Subtronic strobes, Adriatic Sea near Trieste Italy.
– Won a gear pack courtesy of Thermostatic Industries

FIFTH PLACE – Giordano Cipriani, Rome, ITALY, “Fur”
Nikon d2x, 60mm, 2 ys 350, gili trawangan – lombok
– Received a certificate with winning photo

HONORABLE MENTION
Tony Frank, Culver City, CA, USA, “Hairy Halamela Pipe Fish”
Adriano Morettin, Trieste, ITALY "The Crown of Janolus”
Matt Segal, Calabasas, CA, USA, “Jeweled”



Category C WIDE ANGLE DIGITAL
FIRST PLACE – Justin Gilligan, Anna Bay, AUSTRALIA, “Cave Dweller”
Nikon D80 and 10.5mm fisheye Nikkor lens taken at South West Rocks, NSW, Australia
- Won a week accommodation in Pacific Harbor Fiji courtesy of Lagoon Resort

SECOND PLACE – Silvia Boccato, Rome, ITALY, “Contact”
Nikon D200, 10.5mm lens, Subal
- Won a beautiful gold pedant courtesy of Torgny & Company

THIRD PLACE – Mirko Zanni, Gordola, SWITZERLAND, “Motion”
Cannon EOS 5D with Seacam Housing, 14mm, 2 flashes, Bali Indonesia
– Won a $50 gift certificate courtesy of Reef Photo & Video and a subscription to WetPixel Quarterly Magazine courtesy of WetPixel.com

FOURTH PLACE – Viora Alessio, Borgomanero, Novara, ITALY, “Beauty & Beast”
Nikon F 100 – 16 MM Nikkonor – Papua New Guinea (Walindi)
– Won a gear pack courtesy of Thermostatic Industries

FIFTH PLACE – Viora Alessio, Borgomanero, Novara, ITALY, “Green Leaves”
Canon Eos 5D – 15 MM Canon – S. Maurizio d’Opaglio – Italy
- Received a certificate with winning photo

HONORABLE MENTION

Derek Haslam, Northwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom,
“Green Turtle”
Nikon D200, Sea&Sea housing, twin Nikon SB 105’s & Nikon 10.5mm, Lowe island's, Great Barrier Reef Australia.
Matt Segal, Calabasas, CA, USA, “Light Beam”
Denis Palbiani, Reggio Emilia, ITALY, “Action”
David Kleinfelt, San Diego, CA, USA, “Lonely Ray”
Canon 5D, Sea & Sea housing, 17-40L lens, taken at Stingray City, Cayman Islands.
Istvan Juhasz, Fot, HUNGARY, “Over the Corals”
Olympus E-20 wide angle lens in Titan housing & YS90’s, Egypt, Red Sea, Elphinstone Reef
Victor Zucker, Granada Hills, CA, USA, “Maju Wreck”
Nikon D2X, 10.5 lens, Nexus housing, Raja Ampat 
Felipe Barrio, Madrid, SPAIN, “Whale Sharks”
Nikon D200, 10.5 mm, Tadjoura Gulf in Djibouti



Category D WIDE ANGLE PRINTS
FIRST PLACE – Todd Winner, Redondo Beach, CA, USA, "Lion Fish"
D2X 10-17mm Solomon Islands
- Won a 7 night dive trip courtesy of Manta Ray Bay Hotel & Yap Divers

SECOND PLACE
– Glenn Ostle, Charlotte, NC, USA, “Minke Whale”
Nikon D80 and Nikon 12-24 lens in an Ikelite housing with dual D125 strobes, Coral Sea in Australia
- Won a Spare Air Model 300 Package courtesy of Submersible Systems, Inc.

THIRD PLACE
– Jim Lyle, Hermosa Beach, CA, USA, “Sand Tiger”
Olympus E-330 Zuiko 7-14 North Carolina
- Won a Ansmann Powerline 4 Traveler Charger courtesy of Nexus America & Woody Mayhew

FOURTH PLACE
– Randy Harwood, Palos Verdes Estates, CA, USA, “American Alligator”
D200 with a 12 -24mm zoom lens, Nexus housing, Florida Everglades
– Won a gear pack courtesy of Thermostatic Industries

FIFTH PLACE
– Larry Oberlander, Dover, NH, USA, “Dolphins”
Nikon D200, Aquatica housing, 10.5mm FE lens, available light, Little Bahamas Bank.
- Received a certificate with winning photo

HONORABLE MENTION
Roger Carlson, Redondo Beach, CA, USA, “Wreck Interior”
Bonnie Zaleski, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA, "Ooohhhmmm”
Nikon D70S, 16mm, Kona, Hawaii
Glenn Ostle, Charlotte, NC, USA, “Fish Explosion”
Nikon D80 and Nikon 12-24 lens in an Ikelite housing with dual D125 strobes, Coral Sea in Australia
Giordano Cipriani, Rome, ITALY, “Air Mirror”
Nikon D2X, 12-24mm, 2 ys 350, Redsea - Sudan
Bonnie Zaleski, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA, "Turtle”
Nikon D70S, 16mm, Bonaire, Dutch Antilles



Category E – GREEN/COLD WATER DIGITAL
FIRST PLACE – Derek Haslam, Northwich, Cheshire, UK, “Trout”
Nikon D200, Sea&Sea housing, twin Nikon SB 105’s & Nikon 10.5mm, Capernwray dive centre. Cumbria. England
- Won a week dive trip in the Solomons courtesy of Bilikiki Cruises Ltd.

SECOND PLACE
– Derek Haslam, Northwich, Cheshire, UK, “Grey Seal”
Nikon D200, Sea&Sea housing, twin Nikon SB 105’s & Nikon 10.5mm, Connemara. County Galway. Ireland
- Won a $250 gift certificate courtesy of Reef Photo & Video

THIRD PLACE
– Derek Haslam, Northwich, Cheshire, UK, “Compass Jellyfish”
Nikon D200, Sea&Sea housing, twin Nikon SB 105’s & Nikon 10.5mm, Farne island's, North Sea, Northumberland. England
- Won a $100 gift certificate courtesy of Ultralight

FOURTH PLACE
– Mirko Zanni, Gordola, SWITZERLAND, “Star”
Cannon EOS 5D with Seacam Housing, 100mm Macro lens, 2 flashes, Valentia Island, Ireland
– Won a gear pack courtesy of Thermostatic Industries

FIFTH PLACE – Mark Thomas, Northwich, Cheshire, UK, “A Bit Closer”
Nikon D200, 10.5mm. Natural light, Little Killary, Connemara, Ireland
- Received a certificate with winning photo

HONORABLE MENTION
Jeff Laity, Glendale, CA, USA, “Baby”
Canon 5D, Canon 17-40mm f4/L lens, Santa Barbara Island. 
Istvan Juhasz, Fot, HUNGARY, “Cold Water”
Olympus E-20 wide angle lens in Titan housing & YS90’s, Florida, Crystal River
Carol Yin, Pasadena, CA, USA, “Kelp Color Continuum”
Canon 5D with Canon 17-40mm lens taken at Channels at Anacapa Island.
Marta Evry, Venice, CA, USA, “Pretty in Pink”
Nikon F4,60mm lens, Oil Rig Ellen, Huntington Beach, CA



Category F – GREEN/COLD WATER PRINTS
FIRST PLACE – Todd Winner, Redondo Beach, CA, USA, "Bud"
D2X, 10-17mm Eurica, Oil Rig, CA
- Won a $2000 travel credit to trip of their choice courtesy of Uncommon Adventures Dive & Adventure Travel

SECOND PLACE
– Bonnie Zaleski, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA, "Wonder Gaze”
Nikon D70S, 16mm, Anacapa Island, CA
- Won a U/W Digital Photography Class ($295) courtesy of Andrew Solomon Marine Photography

THIRD PLACE – Jim Lyle, Hermosa Beach, CA, USA, “Kelp Snail”
Olympus E-330 Zuiko 50 Catalina Island
– Won a $50 gift certificate courtesy of Reef Photo & Video and a subscription to WetPixel Quarterly Magazine courtesy of WetPixel.com

FOURTH PLACE – Jeff Laity, Glendale, CA, USA, “Oil Rig School”
Canon 5D, Canon 17-40mm f4/L lens, Oil Rig Ellie, San Pedro, CA. 
– Won a gear pack courtesy of Thermostatic Industries

FIFTH PLACE – Dave Nesheim, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA, “Playful”
Nikon D200, 12-24mm Nikkor lens in Nexus housing with 2 SB 105’s Santa Barbara Island
- Received a certificate with winning photo


HONORABLE MENTION
Dave Nesheim, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA, “Barnacle Feeding”
Nikonos RS, 50mm lens, 2X & two Ikelete 50’s, Grace Oil Rig Channel Islands
Jim Lyle, Hermosa Beach, CA, USA, “Sheephead”
Olympus E-330 Zuiko 14-54 Oil rig Eureka Southern California



Category G MARINE RELATED SCENIC DIGITAL
FIRST PLACE – Clark Miller, Fairfax, CA, USA, “Solomon Island Baby”
Nikon D2X and 10.5 fisheye lens using a Nexus housing and four INON strobes.
- Won a $500 gift certificate courtesy of Nautilus Explorer

SECOND PLACE – Glenn Ostle, Charlotte, NC, USA, “Where is Mom Going”
Nikon D2X and a Sigma 300-800 lens, egret rookery in Wacatee, South Carolina
- Won a $200 Camera Repair Certificate courtesy of Sub Aquatic Camera Repair Co.

THIRD PLACE – Stuart Halewood, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, “Liquid Gold”
Olympus SP-350, taken Polarized sunglasses to get this effect, Church Bay Bermuda
– Won a $50 gift certificate courtesy of Reef Photo & Video and a subscription to WetPixel Quarterly Magazine courtesy of WetPixel.com

FOURTH PLACE
– Glenn Ostle, Charlotte, NC, USA, “Silhouette”
Nikon D2X and a Sigma 300-800 lens, "Ding" Darling NWR on Sanibel Island, Florida
– Won a gear pack courtesy of Thermostatic Industries

FIFTH PLACE – Levent Konuk, Antalya, TURKEY, “Yunus 3”
Nikon F90X, 105mm lens, Egypt, Red Sea
- Received a certificate with winning photo

HONORABLE MENTION
Jessica Johnson, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, “Santa Barbara Harbor”
Canon 5D with a Canon 17-40mm L series lens at the Santa Barbara Harbor.
Virginia Bria, Farifax, CA, USA, “Boy in Solomons”
Nikon D2x, with a 10.5mm lens in the Solomon Islands.
Dave Nesheim, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA, "Sealed”
Nikon D200, 80 – 400mm Nikkor lens, Santa Barbara Island.
Kelly Bracken, Redondo Beach, CA, USA, “Egret”
Nikon D200, 80 – 200mm Nikkor lens, Florida Everglades.



Category H – BEHAVIOR DIGITAL
FIRST PLACE – Graham Eaton, Neston, Wirral, UK, “Fighting Mallards”
Nikon D200, 12-24mm lens at 12mm, In a Sea-&-Sea housing with 2 YS 110 strobes, Llyn (Lake) Padarn, North Wales, UK
- Won a week live-aboard dive trip courtesy of Mike Ball Diving Expeditions

SECOND PLACE – Levent Konuk, Antalya, TURKEY, “Fisher”
Nikon F90X, 60mm lens, Nexus housing, 2 Ikelite SS200 strobes, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
- Won a $300 gift certificate courtesy of Ikelite Underwater Systems

THIRD PLACE – Amber Blecker, Aurora, CO, USA, “Baby Bump”
Canon 400D, 60mm lens, in Lembeh Straits, Indonesia.
- Won a $175 gift certificate courtesy of JMJ Manufacture Inc.

FOURTH PLACE – Keri Wilk, Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA, "Fresh Eggs"
Nikon D100 with 105mm lens in Light and Motion Titan housing at St.Vincent.
– Won a gear pack courtesy of Thermostatic Industries
FIFTH PLACE – Antidio Rossi, Pesaro, ITALY, "Sweet Home"
Canon G7 taken in Lembeh
- Received a certificate with winning photo

HONORABLE MENTION
Roger Carlson, Redondo Beach, CA, USA,
“Lobster Parade”
Steven Kovacs, Bonita Springs, FL, USA, “Mating Dance”
Nikon D200, 105mm lens, Anilao, Philippines.
Steven Trainoff, Goleta, CA, USA, “Sea Lions Attacks Mola”
Canon EOS 5D, EF17-40mm, Aquatica Housing, Inon Z220+Z240 Strobes, Santa Cruz Island.
Levent Konuk, Antalya, TURKEY, “Transparent”
Nikon F90X, 105mm lens, Nexus housing, 2 Ikelite SS200 strobes, Antalya, Turkey



VIDEO RAW FOOTAGE FIRST PLACE – Robert Pecoraro, Staten Island, NY, USA, “Black Sea Bass”
Sony HC7 High Def video camera, housed in a Undersea Video Housing off Santa Catalina Island
- Won a $750 gift certificate courtesy of Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo

SECOND PLACE –
Nick Martorano, Bacolod, Negrosoccid, PHILIPPINES, “Feeding Turtle”
Sony HDR-Z1  High Definition videocamera in a Light & Motion Bluefin HD housing and L&Motion HID lights. Assorted lenses (Wide Angle, Macro), self made tripod. shot at Mamsa Pt, Apo Island, Philippines. Summer 2007
View at
http://www.oceanwonders.org/LAUPS_2007
– Won a custom 20x24 print & deluxe aluminum mounting ($210 value) courtesy of Weldon Color Lab

THIRD PLACE –
Walter Marti, Mission Viejo, CA, USA, “Sarcastic Fringehead Fight”
Sony HC1, Amphibico 'Dive Buddy' Housing, L&M Sunray HID lights, Homebuilt 7" LCD external monitor under a Southern California Pier.
– Won a $50 gift certificate courtesy of Reef Photo & Video and a subscription to WetPixel Quarterly Magazine courtesy of WetPixel.com

FOURTH PLACE –
Helena Li, North Hills, NY, USA, “Cuttle Fish Feeding”
Sony PDX-10 camcorder, Amphibico Dive Buddy Plus Housing with the Flat Port lens, Mabul, Borneo Island (Malaysia).
– Won a gear pack courtesy of Thermostatic Industries

FIFTH PLACE – Walter Marti, Mission Viejo, CA, USA, “Garibaldi & Lobster”
Sony HC1, Amphibico 'Dive Buddy' Housing, L&M Sunray HID lights, Homebuilt 7" LCD external monitor Frontside Catalina
- Received a certificate with winning photo

HONORABLE MENTION
Sharon Wada, Snohomish, WA, USA, “Cuttle Fish”
Sony HDR-HC1 in an Ocean Images Housing, 100% natural light, Wakatobi Indonesia



VIDEO OPEN/ EDITED
FIRST PLACE – Mike Boom, Oakland, CA, USA, “Komodo”
Sony HVR-A1U camcorder, UnderSea Video Housings housing (USVH) with USVH lights, Komodo National Park, Indonesia
View at
www.laughingeel.com
- Won a week dive trip in Indonesia courtesy of Lembeh Resort

SECOND PLACE –
Nick Martorano, Bacolod, Negrosoccid, PHILIPPINES, “Mystery Wreck”
Sony HDR-Z1 High Definition video camera in a Light & Motion Bluefin HD housing and L&Motion HID lights. Assorted lenses (Wide Angle, Macro), self made tripod. View at http://www.oceanwonders.org/LAUPS_2007
- Won a $250 gift certificate courtesy of H2O Photo Pros

THIRD PLACE –
Anastasia Laity, Glendale, CA, USA, “A Really Good Day”
Sony HC3 in a L&M Bluefin Housing, super WA lens, Anacapa Island. View at http://www.thelaitys.com/uwvideo.html
- Won a $100 gift certificate courtesy of Jujee Beads

FOURTH PLACE -
Nick Martorano, Bacolod, Negrosoccid, PHILIPPINES, “Magic Pier”
Sony HDR-Z1 High Definition video camera in a Light & Motion Bluefin HD housing and L&Motion HID lights. Assorted lenses (Wide Angle, Macro), self made tripod. shot in Dauin, Negros Island, Philippines, Spring 2007.
View at
http://www.oceanwonders.org/LAUPS_2007
– Won a gear pack courtesy of Thermostatic Industries
FIFTH PLACE – Walter Marti, Mission Viejo, CA, USA, “Living Steel”
Sony HC1, Amphibico 'Dive Buddy' Housing, L&M Sunray HID lights, Homebuilt 7" LCD external monitor under the Southern California Oil Platforms
- Received a certificate with winning photo

HONORABLE MENTIONAnastasia Laity, Glendale, CA, USA, “Why Can’t We Be Friends”
Sony HC3 in a L&M Bluefin Housing, super WA lens, Oil Rig Eureka. View at http://www.thelaitys.com/uwvideo.html