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Winners announced: DPG Masters Underwater Imaging Competition


Copyright: Marco Gargiulo /

DivePhotoGuide (DPG) has announced the winning images and short films in the 2023 edition of the DPG Masters Underwater Imaging Competition.

Once again, thousands of photographers and film-makers from dozens of countries competed in what has become known as the ‘World Championship' of international underwater imaging events – and Scuba Diver regular contributor Byron Conroy won the Macro category.

Scuba Diver regular contributor Byron Conroy won the Macro category (Copyright: Byron Conroy /

The competition invited submissions to seven image categories and one video category, with entries evaluated by a panel of award-winning photographers: Stephen Frink, Renee Capozzola, Scott ‘Gutsy' Tuason, Allison Vitsky Sallmon, Matty Smith and Amanda Cotton.

This year’s Best of Show prize went to Italian photographer Marco Gargiulo for his extraordinary split shot of a juvenile imperial blackfish riding a jellyfish under the gaze of the famous Mount Vesuvius volcano in Italy. The photo, entitled The Passenger, also took Gold in the Over-Under category.

“Most remarkable for me is the juxtaposition of a blackwater subject against wide-angle topside with sunlight,” commented Renee Capozzola. “I initially thought this must be a composite, so to learn this photograph was one image clinched the decision in my view.”

Fabien Michenet was first in the Traditional category (Copyright: Fabien Michenet /

Stephen Frink added: “Possibly the highest compliment I can give an underwater shot is wondering, ‘How did they do that?’ I look at this over/under and marvel at how perfectly aligned the interface is between the topside and the underwater, despite the surface chop.

“The blend of strobe light for the underwater subject and the ambient light in the background is masterful. Combining artistic vision with significant technical mastery makes this the winner for me.”

The 1st place winners in the other categories were: Fabien Michenet (Traditional), Byron Conroy (Macro), Suliman Alatiqi (Wide Angle), Yinan Liu (Conservation), Martin Broen (Black and White), Magnus Lundgren (Blackwater), and Alfred Schaschl (Short Film).

Yinan Liu took first place in the Conservation category. (Copyright: Yinan Liu /
Martin Broen took gold in the Black and White category. (Copyright: Martin Broen /
Wide Angle winner Suliman Alatiqi. (Copyright: Suliman Alatiqi /
Magnus Lundgren won the Blackwater category (Copyright: Magnus Lundgren /

NB: 15 percent of entry proceeds will once again be donated to marine conservation efforts.

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Mark Evans
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Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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