The winners of the 2009 DEEP Indonesia international underwater photography & video competition have been announced.
The Best of Show went to Gabriele Donati of Italy, who also garnered First Place in the Animal Behavior category.
Photographers competed in seven themed categories (Divers, Animal Portraits, Animal Behavior, Reefscapes, Environment & Conservation, Compact Camera, and Indonesian Residents) to win over $30,000 in prizes, including photo equipment, dive gear, and premium dive travel packages to top photo destinations in Indonesia and beyond.
Indonesia trips include Bali, Fak Fak, Komodo, Lembeh, Manado, and Raja Empat. Additional dive packages include Papua New Guinea and The Bahamas. The competition included a category for images that focus on conservation and the marine environment, one specifically for entries taken by compact digital cameras, and one specifically for Indonesian residents..
A panel of judges included leading professional underwater photographers Cor Bosman and Tony Wu and Scuba Diving AustralAsia editor David Espinosa.