9th Mares UWPM 2021

The Underwater Marathon published the results of the 2021 contest and I'm happy to be placed 1st in the DSLR Fish category.

My award-winning photo is one of a series of photos I took in the summer of 2020 at one of my favorite diving spots in Halkidiki and featured a portrait of a Lophius piscatorius, commonly known as the angler fish.

The Angler fish it is found in coastal waters of the Mediterranean. It has a very large head which is broad and flat the rest of the body appears to be a mere appendage. The wide mouth extends all the way around the anterior circumference of the head, and both jaws are armed with bands of long, pointed teeth. These are inclined inwards, and can be closed so as to offer no impediment to an object gliding towards the stomach, but to prevent its escape from the mouth. It’s definitely not a charming, colorful or photogenic fish but I’m happy that the shots I managed to take, stands out!

The UWPM official announcement:

Dear participants, sponsors, and friends,

Throughout all these years, we have been trying to develop this competition through all of its segments (categories, prizes, sponsors, novelties, rules) and YOU have played a key role in making this happen with your kind and much appreciated advice, suggestions, and remarks.
This year, the competition was again tough and we had to make some difficult decisions in judging the photos. As this competition grows year after year, all the photos that went into TOP 10 have been additionally checked to make sure that they comply with the Mares UWPM Rules. After closer examination, some photos could not be accepted, as they did not comply with the clearly written rules: some of the photos were sent to the wrong category (fish/macro), some were more than 3 years old, and some had been manipulated too much through photoshop.
We have a responsibility, not only to our general sponsor Mares, but also to other sponsors and contestants to ensure fair play and well-deserved wins. With this in mind, we kindly ask all participants to help us maintain the integrity of this competition by respecting the rules and other contestants.
We would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to all our sponsors, partners, and jury members for all the hard work and effort they put into making Mares UWPM a respectable worldwide competition. We are very happy that we were able to continue with this competition, even in times of a global pandemic.
Many thanks to all the participants and congratulations to the winners of the 9th Mares UWPM 2021, we hope to see you soon.
Unfortunately, due to the global pandemic, there will be no award ceremony this year.
Lastly, please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in announcing the results. There was a lot of work that had to be done and we wanted to make sure that it is done properly.
Thank you for all of your support and trust throughout the years!

Damir Zurub, director & Mares UWPM organizational team.

About the UWPM: The Underwater Photo Marathon is an online based competition. The participants of the annual competition need to send their photos in a given time period to the organizer. After the time window expires a jury of experts elects the winners. Submissions are accepted from photographers worldwide, as long as they’re taken with a digital camera. All are welcome to enter the competition, amateurs and professionals alike.

The team of the Underwater Marathon consists of a young and enthusiastic team from the diving club “Roniti se mora”, focused on the goal to improve the cultural offerings of the city of Zagreb, by providing a different perspective on photography.

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