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The Underwater Tour Awards 2020 Winners Announced


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The Underwater Tour Awards 2020 International Underwater Photography Competition winners announced

Australia: 5 August 2020:. The organisers of the Underwater Tour Awards announced the winners of its inaugural, prestigious international photography competition in a live-streamed online award ceremony this evening.

“We are delighted with the high calibre of submissions received in this, our first year” said Darren Jew, Convenor and Head Judge. “The competition gallery takes us on a remarkable visual tour, showcasing the fine work of competing underwater wildlife photographers and celebrating the natural wonders of the underwater world”.

The annual competition encourages and inspires passion for photography, exploration and discovery from behind the lens and helps raise awareness of the world’s incredible, fragile marine and aquatic inhabitants and their environments.

To ensure the natural world is depicted both creatively and honestly, with due regard shown to the welfare of all marine life and habitats all images entered were subject to the competition’s Ethics Review process, conducted by renowned Marine biologist, Dr Richard Smith, before moving to the first round of judging.

Led by Convenor Darren Jew, Canon Master and six-times winner of the AIPP Professional Nature Photographer of the Year, the international judging panel; Juergen Freund, Aaron Wong, William Tan and Jasmine Carey, reviewed hundreds of images submitted by photographers from all over the world.

The Guru Award:

Winner: Chelsea Haebich, Adelaide, Australia

The Underwater Tour Awards 2020 Winners Announced
The Gatekeeper

The competition’s Guru Award was created to celebrate an underwater photographer with talent, skill and creativity who can deliver with more than one high calibre image …. an award for an excellent photographer, not simply an excellent photograph. From a pool of the highest scoring entrants who entered 5 images in the Awards.

The Underwater Tour Awards 2020 Winners Announced
Drifting Dragon

The Guru Award winner Chelsea Haebich has won a humpback whale swim experience in the warm waters of Tonga provided by Whales Underwater. In addition, over $5000 in cash and partner product prizes were awarded to category winners.

The Underwater Tour Awards 2020 Winners Announced
The Cathedral

“I am still a few inches off the ground. I genuinely did not think I was in for a chance as I watched all the other amazing shots winning categories! Just WOW!” exclaimed Haebich. “Winning this award might make me stop doubting myself and have a bit more faith in my abilities. Something I struggle with for sure!”

The Underwater Tour Awards 2020 Winners Announced

“Moving forward I hope it can put my work out there further and bring people and connections into my life that will help me grow as a photographer and further share this astounding world with more people” She continued “I love seeing people’s curiosity and hearing their questions about the Underwater World. If winning lets me share that more, grow more and impact more people then that would be wonderful and very fulfilling.”

The Underwater Tour Awards 2020 Winners Announced
Hingeback Shrimp

Category Winners

Underwater Characters

Winner: Simone Caprodossi, Byron Bay, Australia

The Underwater Tour Awards 2020 Winners Announced
Northern Gannets Fighting for a Fish

Underwater Scenes

Winner: Pavlos Evangelidis, Brussels, Belgium

The Underwater Tour Awards 2020 Winners Announced
Leru Cut

Aquatic Abstract

Winner: Louise Nott, Sydney, Australia

The Underwater Tour Awards 2020 Winners Announced
Pineapple Swirl

Topside Scenes

Winner: Yung Sen Wu, Keelung City, Taiwan

The Underwater Tour Awards 2020 Winners Announced
Mission Complete

Underwater Black and White

Winner: Richard Condlyffe, Battle Creek, USA

The Underwater Tour Awards 2020 Winners Announced
Two Spotted Dolphins

The People’s Choice

Winner: Pierre-Laurent Pablo, Nimes, France

The Underwater Tour Awards 2020 Winners Announced
Frog Fish Hanging

“The Underwater Tour Awards are a natural community extension of the annual Underwater Tour nationwide speaker series each May” said co-founder Juliette Myers. “We’d like to thank Whales Underwater, Momento Pro and Nautilus Lifeline for supporting the Awards. We’d also like to thank our Tour Partners; The Arenui Boutique Liveaboard, Wakatobi, Walindi and Febrina, SEACAM, Momento Pro, Christmas Island, Paradise Taveuni – without whom our annual speakers tour would not be possible”.

Co-founder Tim Hochgrebe added “Thank you to everyone who has taken part this year. Planning for the Underwater Tour Awards 2021 is already in full swing and we are looking forward to rolling out the Underwater Tour 2021 around the country from 13-20 May”.


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Scuba Diver ANZ Editor, Adrian Stacey, first learned to dive on the Great Barrier Reef over 24 years ago. Since then he has worked as a dive instructor and underwater photographer in various locations around the world including, Egypt, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico and Saba. He has now settled in Australia, back to where his love of diving first began.
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