By Jamie Smith

Underwater photographers from across the globe have submitted their amazing images of Indonesia for a prestigious contest.

Organised by leading underwater imagery sites DivePhotoGuide and Wetpixel, the competition features some of the most compelling and innovative underwater imagery ever captured in the Southeast Asian nation’s seas and oceans.

Pic By Jinggong Zhang/Wetpixel/Caters News – (Pictured: New Life by Jinggong Zhang overall Winner Animal Behaviour category )

DEEP Indonesia, along with its sister contest Our World Underwater, is considered to be the most prestigious annual underwater photography contests.

The images produced by these competitions represent a stunning visual feast that celebrates the oceans and their vibrant diversity – with 15 per cent of the entry proceeds donated to marine conservation efforts.

Pic By Ipah Uid/Wetpixel/Caters News – (Pictured: Sad Sad Goby by Ipah Uid) 

Judges Aaron Wong, Adam Hanlon, Andrew Marriot Christian Vizl, Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock had a tough time selecting their shortlists and ultimately, the winners.

The contestants were competing for over £38k worth of prizes, generously supplied by a wide variety of businesses, and the chance for their work to be displayed at the DEEP Indonesia Exhibition in Jakarta.

Speaking about winner Grant Thomas’ photography, organiser Adam Hanlon said: “Beautifully composed elements that combine to emphasise the beauty of the scene, both above and under the water. A shining example of how an over and under should be done.”

Pic By Henley Spiers/Wetpixel/Caters News – (Pictured: The Underwater Photographer by Henley Spiers overall winner divers category.) 


Winner of the Over-Under category:

“Papuan Sunset” by Grant Thomas

Winner Animal Portrait category:

“Fly High” by Nicholas Samaras

Winner Animal Behaviour category:

“New Life” by Jinggong Zhang

Winner Divers category:

“The Underwater Photographer” by Henley Spiers

Winner Reefscapes category:

“Burst” by Tyler Schiffman

Winner Compact Camera category

“Sad Sad Goby” by Ipah Uid