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Congratulations to all the winners of the 2013 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.

 

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

Winners have been awarded their prizes based on a point system, with more competitive categories awarding more points, and winners with the most total points getting first choice. Winners got to rank their prize choices.

Check out the Sponsor and prize details under each winning photo!

 

 

SoCal Shootout 2013 Underwater Photo Winners

 

Best of Shootout

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Photo by Nirupam Nigam. Fringehead in Brittlestar bed, Anacapa Island.

  Nirupam won a 7-day stay at Crystal Blue Dive Resort!

 

Winning Photos by Category

 

Wide-Angle

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First Place Wide-Angle: Liz Sullivan - Bat Ray

  Liz won a 7-day stay at Club Cantamar!

 

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Second Place Wide-Angle: Mel Moncrieff - Sea Lions, Santa Barbara Island

I-Torch  Mel won an I-Torch Venusian III video light!

 

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Third Place Wide-Angle: Roger Carlson - Blue Whale

GoPro  Roger won a GoPro Hero 3 Silver camera!

 

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Fourth Place Wide-Angle: Nirupam Nigam - Garibaldi & Sunburst

  Nirupam won a 7-day stay at Crystal Blue Dive Resort!

 

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Honorable Mention Wide-Angle: Brian McHugh - Kelp Crab & Sunburst

Marissa Charters  Brian won a 2-tank local boat ticket on Marissa Charters!

 

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Honorable Mention Wide-Angle: Ron Watkins - Diver & Metridium

Selky Charters  Ron won an open boat ticket on Selky Charters!

 

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Honorable Mention Wide-Angle: Michael Zeigler - Diver & Propeller

Watershot  Michael won a Watershot housing for his iPhone 4 or 5, or Samsung Galaxy S3 or S4.

 

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Honorable Mention Wide-Angle: Kevin Cushing - Kelp Forest Sunrays

Sea & Sea  Kevin won a Sea & Sea YS-01 strobe!

 

 

Macro

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First Place Macro: Craig Hoover - Shark Eye

Rocio Del Mar  Craig won a liveaboard trip on the Rocio Del Mar!

 

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Second Place Macro: Cindy Shaw - Sand Dollar Bed

  Cindy won a 4-night dive/stay package with Maluku Divers!

 

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Third Place Macro: Nirupam Nigam - Hermissenda

  Nirupam won a 7-day stay at Crystal Blue Dive Resort!

 

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Fourth Place Macro: Michelle Hoalton - Simnia Snail

Truth Aquatics  Michelle won 2x boat passes with Truth Aquatics!

 

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Honorable Mention Macro: Cindy Shaw - Purple Hydrocoral & Topsnail

  Cindy won a 4-night dive/stay package with Maluku Divers!

 

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Honorable Mention Macro: Ron Watkins - Clown Dorid

Selky Charters  Ron won an open boat ticket on Selky Charters!

 

 

Marine Life Behavior

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First Place Marine Life Behavior: Nirupam Nigam - Fringehead

  Nirupam won a 7-day stay at Crystal Blue Dive Resort!

 

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Second Place Marine Life Behavior: Kevin Cushing - Sea Lions

Sea & Sea  Kevin won a Sea & Sea YS-01 strobe!

 

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Third Place Marine Life Behavior: Alonso Gonzalez Cabello - Crab Feeding

Channel Islands Dive Adventures  Alonso won a 2 for 1 ticket on any local Channel Islands Dive Adventures day trip!

 

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Fourth Place Marine Life Behavior: Michelle Hoalton - Simnia Snail & Eggs

Truth Aquatics  Michelle won 2x boat passes with Truth Aquatics!

 

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Honorable Mention Marine Life Behavior: Jeff Laity - Octopus & Eggs

Channel Islands Dive Adventures  Jeff won a 2 for 1 ticket on any local Channel Islands Dive Adventures day trip!

 

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Honorable Mention Marine Life Behavior: Brian McHugh - Kelp Crab & Suburst

Marissa Charters  Brian won a 2-tank local boat ticket on Marissa Charters!

 

 

Portrait

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First Place Portrait: Kyle McBurnie - Harbor Seal in Kelp

Wananavu  Kyle won a 5-night stay/dive package at Wananvu Resort!

 

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Second Place Portrait: Nirupam Nigam - Lingcod

  Nirupam won a 7-day stay at Crystal Blue Dive Resort!

 

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Third Place Portrait: David Andrew - Juvenile Kelpfish

Channel Islands Dive Adventures  David won a 2 for 1 ticket on any local Channel Islands Dive Adventures day trip!

 

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Fourth Place Portrait: Cindy Shaw - Male Sheephead

  Cindy won a 4-night dive/stay package with Maluku Divers!

 

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Honorable Mention Portrait: Brian McHugh - Sea Lion Portrait

Marissa Charters  Brian won a 2-tank local boat ticket on Marissa Charters!

 

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Honorable Mention Portrait: Craig Hoover - Swell shark & squid eggs Portrait

Rocio Del Mar  Craig won a liveaboard trip on the Rocio Del Mar!

 

 

Video

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TIED in First Place Video:  Kyle McBurnie

Wananavu  Kyle won a 5-night stay/dive package at Wananvu Resort!

 

TIED in First Place Video:  Nanette Van Antwerp

  Cal Boat Diving  Nanette won two passes for any weekday trip on the Spectre (CalBoatDiving)!

 

Third Place Video:  Kevin Sullivan

    Peace Scuba  Kevin won two passes on the Peace dive boat!

 

 

Honorable Mention Video:  Roger Carlson   

GoPro  Roger won a GoPro Hero 3 Silver camera!

 

 

 

Compact Wide-Angle

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First Place Compact Wide-Angle: Carolyn Wang - Oil Rigs

ThinkTANK Photo  Carolyn won a ThinkTANK CityWalker 20 camera bag!

 

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Second Place Compact Wide-Angle: David Thompson - Sea Lion

Bluewater Photo  David won a $100 gift certificate to Bluewater Photo!

 

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Third Place Compact Wide-Angle: Deanne Beck - Kelpfish

  Deanne won Oceanic's new OCi dive computer!

 

 

Compact Macro

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First Place Compact Macro: Deanne Beck - Anemone on Kelp

  Deanne won Oceanic's new OCi dive computer!

 

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Second Place Compact Macro: Deanne Beck - Hermissenda nudibranch

  Deanne won Oceanic's new OCi dive computer!

 

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Third Place Compact Macro: Aaron Halstead - 2-Spot Octopus

Ultralight  Aaron won a $125 gift certificate from Ultralight!

 

 

Compact Behavior

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First Place Compact Behavior: Deanne Beck - Sea Lion

  Deanne won Oceanic's new OCi dive computer!

 

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Second Place Compact Behavior: Aaron Halstead - Octopus

Ultralight  Aaron won a $125 gift certificate from Ultralight!

 

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Third Place Compact Behavior: Renee Capozzola - Moray Eel & Shrimp

Bluewater Travel  Renee won a $200 Bluewater Travel gift certificate for her next trip!

 

 

Compact Portrait

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First Place Compact Portrait: Debbie Karimoto - Lingcod

Ikelite  Debbie won a $250 Ikelite gift certificate!

 

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Second Place Compact Portrait: Renee Capozzola - Lobster

Bluewater Travel  Renee won a $200 Bluewater Travel gift certificate for her next trip!

 

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Third Place Compact Portrait: Steve Murvine - Male Sheephead

Marissa Charters  Steve won a 2-tank local boat ticket on Marissa Charters!

 

 

LIST OF WINNERS:

 

Best of Shootout

Nirupam Nigam

 

Wide-Angle

1st: Liz Sullivan
2nd: Mel Moncrieff
3rd: Roger Carlson
4th: Nirupam Nigam
HM: Brian McHugh
HM: Ron Watkins
HM: Michael Zeigler
HM: Kevin Cushing

 

Macro

1st: Craig Hoover
2nd: Cindy Shaw
3rd: Nirupam Nigam
4th: Michelle Hoalton
HM: Cindy Shaw
HM: Ron Watkins

 

Marine Life Behavior

1st: Nirupam Nigam
2nd: Kevin Cushing
3rd: Alonso Gonzalez Cabello
4th: Michelle Hoalton
HM: Jeff Laity
HM: Brian McHugh

 

Portrait

1st: Kyle McBurnie
2nd: Nirupam Nigam
3rd: David Andrew
4th: Cindy Shaw
HM: Brian McHugh
HM: Craig Hoover

 

Video

1st - tied: Kyle McBurnie
1st - tied: Nanette Van Antwerp
3rd: Kevin Sullivan
HM: Roger Carlson

 

Compact Wide-Angle

1st: Carolyn Wang
2nd: David Thompson
3rd: Deanne Beck

 

Compact Macro

1st: Deanne Beck
2nd: Deanne Beck
3rd: Aaron Halstead

 

Compact Behavior

1st: Deanne Beck
2nd: Aaron Halstead
3rd: Renee Capozzola

 

Compact Portrait

1st: Debbie Karimoto
2nd: Renee Capozzola
3rd: Steve Murvine

 

We look forward to having you participate in the 2014 SoCal Shootout.

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Contest inquiries:  contest@bluewaterphotostore.com

Sponsorship inquires:  brent@uwphotographyguide.com

 

Shootout Judges

The SoCal Shootout was judged by some of the top professional underwater photographers in Southern California:  Mark Strickland, Brent Durand,  Scott Gietler. Mark and Scott have been published multiple times this past year in many of the world's best dive magazines and prestigious underwater photo exhibits, and are two of Southern California's best-known underwater photographers. Scott is the owner of Bluewater Photo, Bluewater Travel and the Underwater Photography Guide. Brent Durand is the editor of the Underwater Photography Guide, one of the only full-time underwater photography editors in the world.

 Where did people dive?

La Jolla shores, Catalina Island, Farnsworth Banks, Palos Verdes, the Oil Rings, Santa Monica Bay, Santa Barbara Island, Santa Cruz Island, Anacapa Island.

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!

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