Congratulations to all the winners of the 2012 SoCal Shootout!
Winning photos and videos are posted below
Winners will be awarded amazing prizes during the next week based on points and winners' ranked choices.
The SoCal Shootout will be judged by some of the top professional underwater photographers in Southern California: Andy Sallmon, Todd Winner, Mark Strickland, Roger Carlson, Jim Lyle, and Scott Gietler. Andy, Mark and Todd have all been published multiple times this past year in many of the world's best dive magazines, and are three of Southern California's best known underwater photographers. Jim is a former LAUPS photographer of the year, and Roger is a former LAUPS vice-president. Scott is the owner of Bluewater Photo and the Underwater Photography Guide, and a regular contributor to Sport Diver and Scuba Diving magazines.
Where did people dive
La Jolla shores, Catalina Island, Farnsworth Banks, Oil Rings, Malibu, Santa Monica Bay, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Anacapa islands
Not a photoshop contest
Cropping and photoshop edits other than global changes were not allowed in this competition, which means all the photos you see below are pretty much straight out of the camera, a rarity in these times. Backscatter removal was not allowed.
We look forward to having you participate in next year's shootout!
Special Thanks to our Sponsors
Winners will be selecting their prizes over the next week based on a point system, with more competitive categories awarding more points, and winners with the most total points getting first choice.
So-Cal shootout winning underwater photos
"Best of Shootout"
Photo by Patrick Smith, Mola mola in the Santa Monica Bay
Winning Photos by Category
First Place Wide-angle, Nirupam Nigam, "Perch in Kelp Forest", Anacapa Island
Second Place Wide-Angle, Allison Vitsky, "Garibaldi Over Sea Fan"
Third Place Wide-Angle, Kelli Dickinson, "Pink Rigs", Oil Rigs
Fourth Place Wide-Angle, Ron Watkins, "Topsmelt at the surface"
Fifth Place Wide-Angle, Allison Vitsky, "Diver Over Cabezon"
Honorable Mention Wide-Angle, Brent Durand, "Harem of Sea Lions"
Honorable Mention Wide-Angle, Michael Zeigler, "Jellyburst"
First Place Macro, Brian McHugh, "Goby with Mouth Open"
Second Place Macro, Bill Pottinger, "Anemone in Brittle Stars"
Third Place Macro, Ron Watkins, "Coonstripe Shrimp"
Fourth Place Macro, Nayan Savla, "Tritonia on Gorgonian"
Fifth Place Macro, Roeland Papen, "Spotted Kelpfish"
Honorable Mention Macro, Doug Klug, "Baby Garibaldi"
Honorable Mention Macro, Nirupam Nigam, "Orange Tube Anemone"
Marine Life Behavior
First Place Behavior, Allison Vitsky, "Garibaldi guarding eggs"
Second Place Behavior, Mark Davidson, "Goby feeding"
Third Place Behavior, Gerard Lorenzo, "Angel Shark Taking Off"
Fourth Place Behavior, David Andrew, "Sealions Playing"
Honorable Mention Behavior, Ron Watkins, "Top Snail and Barnacles"
Marine Life Portrait
First Place Portrait, Roeland Papen, "Cabezon in a window"
Second Place Portrait, Ron Watkins, "Octopus"
Third Place Portrait, Kelli Dickinson, "Lobster in kelp"
Fourth Place Portrait, Michelle Hoalton, "Moray"
Honorable Mention Portrait, Todd Bretl, "Sea Lion"
Honorable Mention Portrait, John Ochs, "Sheephead Face-On"
First Place Compact Wide-Angle, Patrick Smith, "Jelly & Diver"
Second Place Compact Wide-Angle, Luz Martinez, "Rockfish in Kelp"
Third Place Compact Wide-Angle, Ann Gebhart, "Starfish and Fan"
First Place Compact Macro, David Thompson, "Goby"
Second Place Compact Macro, Cindy Shaw, "Jelly"
Third Place Compact Macro, Luz Martinez, "Tube Anemone"
Honorable Mention Compact Macro, Patrick Smith, "Featherstars"
First Place Compact Behavior, Cindy Shaw, "Garibaldi Eggs"
Second Place Compact Behavior, Patrick Smith, "Eel mouth and cleaner shrimp"
Third Place Compact Behavior, Nick Hedges, "Starfish and Brittle Stars"
First Place Compact Portrait, Patrick Smith, "Mola Mola"
Second Place Compact Portrait, Stephan Zech, "Garibaldi"
Third Place Compact Portrait, Patrick Smith, "Eel and cleaner shrimp"
Honorable Mention Compact Portrait, David Thompson, "Cabezon"
Videos were unedited, with up to be clips allowed to be stiched together, 60 seconds max length.
First Place Video, Roger Uzun, "Kelp Oddities"
Second Place Video, Walter Marti, "Octopus Eggs"
Third Place Video, Lawrence Wang, "Life on the Oil Rigs"
Honorable Mention Video, Roger Uzun, "Territorial "
Join us next year Sept 13th-15th for Socal shootout 2013