The nonprofit organization, Dive into the Pink announced the winners of the Think Pink underwater imaging competition last week.
The competition invited photographers to submit their most exciting images featuring the color pink, with proceeds used to support the fight against cancer.
There was a fantastic response once again this year, with almost 600 entries raising nearly $4500 for cancer research and patient support. The quality of the entries was absolutely outstanding, and the judging panel had an incredibly tough time picking the winners. Ultimately, first place in the Wide-Angle category went to Richard Barnden’s charismatic sheephead wrasse, and first place in the Macro category to Pietro Cremone’s beautifully executed backlit Rhinopias.
Barnden won a seven day liveaboard trip to Indonesia with Dive Damai, while Cremone scored a seven day package to Crystal Blue Resort, Anilao, Philippines.
In the Second Place positions, Juan Murillo won a Light and Motion Sola 3800 video light for his serene water lilies in the Wide-Angle category, while Enrico Somogyi will get a Sea and Sea YS D2J strobe for his garden eel surrounded by pink “disco” lighting.
The third place finishers are Rosie Leaney for her lovely pair of giant cuttlefish and Volker Lonz for his delicate skeleton shrimp, in Wide-Angle and Macro, respectively. They each took home a €250 gift certificate towards Saga Dive products.
Finally, Desmond Ho was rewarded an honorable mention in the Wide-Angle category for his perfectly composed angelfish under Bonaire’s famous Salt Pier, while Gino Symus earned an honorable mention in the Macro category for his beautiful kelpfish portrait. Desmond will receive a copy of Underwater Photography by Tobias Friedrich, and Gino will get a copy of Ocean Metaphor: Unexpected Life Lessons from the Sea by Cathryn Castle Garcia and Gui Garcia.