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SoCal Shootout 2011 Winning Underwater Photos

Congrats to all the winners of the 2011 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.

Shootout Judges

The SoCal Shootout was judged by some of the top professional underwater photographers in Southern California:        Andy Sallmon, Todd Winner, Richard Salas and Mark Strickland. Richard is the author of "Sea of Light", a coffee table book on Channel Islands underwater photography. Andy, Mark and Todd have all been published multiple times this past year in many of the world's best dive magazines.

 Where did people dive

 Divers dove at San Diego wrecks & reefs, Orange County oil rigs, in the deep open ocean on blue-water dives, and at the Southern and Northern Channel Islands on September 16th, 17th and/or 18th during a 36 hour window. As you can see, it was a great weekend for marine life sightings.

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.

 We look forward to having you participate in next year's shootout!

 

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

 

Wakatobi Luxury Resort (www.wakatobi.com)

Hans Christian Andersen live-aboard (www.hcacruise.com)

  Marco Vincent Dive Resort (www.mvdive.com)

    Maluku Divers (www.divingmaluku.com)

  Manta Ray Bay Resort (www.mantaray.com)

  Reef & Rainforest (www.reefrainforest.com)

   Club Cantamar Resort (www.clubcantamar.com)

  Hermosa Hotel, Avalon Catalina (www.hermosahotel.com)

  Solmar V live-aboard (www.solmarv.com)

   Light and Motion (www.uwimaging.com)

Sea & Sea (www.seaandsea.com)

  Dyron (www.dyronstore.com)

  Ultralight (www.ulcs.com)

  Bigblue Dive Lights (www.bigbluedivelights.com)

   Ikelite (www.ikelite.com)

    Truth Aquatics (www.truthaquatics.com)

Princeton Tec (www.pricetontec.com)

   Spectre Dive Boat (www.calboatdiving.com)

 Peace Dive Boat (www.peaceboat.com)

 Channel Islands Dive Adventures (www.channelislandsdiveadventures.com)

The Giant Stride Dive Boat (www.thegiantstride.com)

 

 

"Best of Shootout"

"Having Fun" by Nayan Savla, taken at Santa Barbara Island

 

Winning Photos by Category

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Wide-Angle

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

1st place Wide-Angle, Michael Zeigler. "Rock Stars"

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

2nd place Wide-Angle, Nayan Savla. "Bat Ray on edge"

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

3rd place Wide-Angle, Walt Conklin. "Underwater charging station"

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

Honorable Mention Wide-Angle, Matthew Fischbach

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

Honorable Mention Wide-Angle, Roeland Papen. "Oil Rigs"

 

Macro

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

1st place Macro, Michael Zeigler. "Top Snail"

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

2nd place Macro, Michael Samale. "Baby Cabezon"

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

3rd place Macro, Brian McHugh

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

Honorable Mention Macro, Brian McHugh

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

Honorable Mention Macro, Bill Van Antwerp

 

Behavior

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

1st place Behavior, Nayan Savla

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

2nd place Behavior, Michael Zeigler. "Sea Lion playing with Pyrosome"

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

3rd place Behavior, Michael Zeigler. "Bat Ray and Krill"

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

Honorable Mention Behavior, Brian McHugh. "Anemone eating Pyrosome"

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

Honorable Mention Behavior, Walt Conklin

 

Portrait

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

1st place Portrait, Brian McHugh

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

2nd place Portrait, Ron Watkins

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

3rd place Portrait, Michael Zeigler

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

Honorable Mention Portrait, Ron Watkins. "Rockfish yawning"

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

Honorable Mention Portrait, Matthew Fischbach

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

Honorable Mention Portrait, Brian McHugh. "Harbor seal fly-by"

 

Compact Wide-Angle

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

1st place Compact Wide-Angle, Brent Durand. "Flying Angel"

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

2nd place Compact Wide-Angle, David Guth. "Sheep crab on guard"

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

3rd place Compact Wide-Angle, Cindy Shaw

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

Honorable Mention Compact Wide-Angle, Brent Durand

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

Honorable Mention Compact Wide-Angle, Steve Murvine

 

Compact Macro

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

1st place Compact Macro, Eric Aubort. "Anemone closeup"

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

2nd place Compact Macro, David Guth. "Nudibranch eggs"

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

3rd place Compact Macro, Nick Lawrence. "Tiny fringehead"

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

Honorable Mention Compact Macro, Deanna Beck

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

Honorable Mention Compact Macro, Gerard Lorenzo

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

Honorable Mention Compact Macro, Gerard Lorenzo

 

Compact Behavior

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

1st place Compact Behavior, Eric Aubort

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

2nd place Compact Behavior, David Guth. "Feeding on a Pyrosome"

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

3rd place Compact Behavior, Steve Murvine

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

Honorable Mention Compact Behavior, Eric Aubort

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

Honorable Mention Compact Behavior, Carolyn Wang. "Urchin on skeleton"

 

Compact Portrait

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

1st place Compact Portrait, Eric Aubort

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

2nd place Compact Portrait, Luz Martinez

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

3rd place Compact Portrait, David Guth. "Buddies"

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

Honorable Mention Compact Portrait, Nirupam Nigam

 

southern california underwater photo shootout winners

Honorable Mention Compact Portrait, Carolyn Wang

 

Unedited Video Category

Entries were allowed to have up to 3 unedited clips, for a total of 60 seconds of video.

 

1st place: Walter Marti "Black Sea Bass Shuffle", taken at Catalina Island

 

2nd place: Xavier Michalet "Dance of the Torpedo Ray", taken at Santa Barbara Island

 

3rd place: Nannette Van Antwerp "Pulsating Nudibranch", taken at Anacapa Island

 

4th place: Roger Uzun "Feeding Black Sea Bass", taken at Catalina Island

 

Honorable mention: Roger Uzun "Dualing sheephead", taken at Catalina Island & Oil Rigs

 

 
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