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The Digital Shootout Contest Results


CONTEST RESULTS

While the photo and video contest component of The Digital Shootout is downplayed until mid-week of the event, the amiable contest is unlike other underwater photography competitions out there today. Ours is a rare combination of a healthy competitive spirit and unwavering support of fellow shooters. Shootout Alumni have definitely caught this infectious bug, and we hope to expose this to many new underwater photographers!

While each year's event produces many stunning images, this year heralded inspiring images by many female underwater photographers, including this year's Jim Watt Award image, taken by Karin Laurel. Watch out fellas, the ladies are going to give you a run for the money from this point forward!


THE 2015 DIGITAL SHOOTOUT IS GRACIOUSLY SPONSORED BY:

The Digital Shootout has always had a Share-the-Wealth policy for the awesome prizes given out. Those whose talent and good fortune allowed them to win, place or show in more than one category will certainly be recognized for their achievements; however, only the one favorite prize can be taken home, with the others going into the all-attendee raffle. Our judges this year - Berkley White, Dan Baldocchi, Mary Lynn Price, Erin Quigley, Joel Penner and Jeff Honda – used the following criteria: "Would I hang this photo on my wall?' for still images submitted, and "Would I share this video with my friends?" for videos submitted. The judging room is a bittersweet environment – discussion often evolves into argument, which then turns to arm wrestling as the judges vie for their favorites. Please enjoy the scenic, underwater views from Roatan, Honduras in the all submitted images slideshow and all submitted videos. A very special THANK YOU to all of our prize sponsors for your generosity and support of The Digital Shootout – we couldn't do it without you!


WINNER - JIM WATT AWARD



Jim Watt was more than a friend to the Shootout. He was a living example of our mission statement. Jim was one of the first professional underwater photographers to adopt digital photography and was thrilled to share all his shooting secrets with first time shooters or fellow professional photographers. His passion and skill in creating new images was infectious and inspired hundreds of Digital Shootout guests over the years. Our Best of Show image is honored with the Jim Watt Award of excellence.

PRIZE FOR JIM WATT AWARD
Lembeh Resort
    8 Nights at Lembeh Resort with 22 Boat Dives, Includes Nitrox: US$4,238


WINNERS - WIDE ANGLE TRADITIONAL


1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place




PRIZES FOR WIDE ANGLE TRADITIONAL
Sea & Sea MDX Housing
$3,600.00

Ikelite DS-161 strobe
$1,000.00

Fisheye Fix Neo 1500 SWR
$600.00
   


WINNERS - WIDE ANGLE UNRESTRICTED


1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Honorable Mention 1

Honorable Mention 2



PRIZES FOR WIDE ANGLE UNRESTRICTED

Subal EM1 Housing
$2,500.00

Sea & Sea YS-D1 Strobe
$700.00

Sea & Sea YS-D1 Strobe
$700.00

 


WINNERS - MACRO TRADITIONAL


1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Honorable Mention 1

Honorable Mention 2



PRIZES FOR MACRO TRADITIONAL
Explorer Ventures 1 Week Northern Carribean
$2,000.00

Sea & Sea YS-D1 Strobe
$700.00

Backscatter Airlock
$500.00
   



WINNERS - MACRO UNRESTRICTED


1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Honorable Mention 1



PRIZES FOR MACRO UNRESTRICTED

Coco View 1 Week
package for 1
$1,500.00

Gift Certificate
$1,000.00

3 nights in Hamanasi Belize
$1,000.00
   


WINNERS - Sharks


1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Honorable Mention 1

Honorable Mention 2



PRIZES FOR SHARKS

4 Nights Manthiri Maldives
$1,800.00

4 Nights Maluku Divers
$1,170.00

Sea & Sea YS-D1 Strobe
$700.00
   


WINNERS - NightSea


1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Honorable Mention 1



PRIZES FOR NIGHTSEA

Sola Nightsea w/Camera Filter
$769.00

Sola Nightsea
$700.00

Flip3.1 Macro Combo
$229.00
   


WINNERS - Point & Shoot


1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Honorable Mention 1

Honorable Mention 2



PRIZES FOR POINT & SHOOT

Aquatica GH4 or
EM1 Housing
$2,000.00

Olympus PEN EPL5
Camera & Housing
$800.00

Aquatica TLC Arm Set
$200.00
   




VIDEO WINNER - 1st Place
Video 1st Place - The Digital Shootout
Brett Kotheimer

2nd Place
2nd Place
Jennifer O'Neil

3rd Place
3rd Place
Alex Seys

HONORABLE MENTION
Video Contest Submission
Jim Laurel

 
Video Prizes

Digital Shootout 2016
Package for 1
$2,400.00

Light & Motion Sola 2000
Dual Video Kit
$900.00

Light & Motion Sola Video 3000
$800.00
 



VIDEO — Creating motion pictures
This year at the Digital Shootout Roatan, we saw more still shooters try their hands at shooting and editing videos. Some new filmmakers won awards with their new video skills! All the videos entered were wonderful, each one a small motion picture creation of the filmmaker's vision. You made us all proud. Thank you to all who had the courage to give it their best!

Focal points this year of the video work included stabilizing the camera, and making small changes in the post-production color grading—including contrast adjustments—that really made the video clips pop. Story, as usual, was also emphasized. And nearly all of the entrants wove some kind of story structure into their 2 minute productions. It made a great difference with the panel of judges.

Having an extra pre-week of video assistance allowed those who arrived early to get a step up on their video production quality, and it really showed—especially for those still shooters giving video a try, and those who really took their work to the next level. (You know who you are!) Congratulations to you all!!

Next year at the Digital Shootout Little Cayman, the focus will continue on steadying the camera, and post-production work that really makes good clips into great clips. And I personally would like to challenge all shooters with video capable cameras to give video a try!

Thank you all for the privilege and honor of being part of your DSO Roatan video experience. Keep making those short dailies, and hope to see you next year at DSO Little Cayman!

— Mary Lynn Price



Here are all of the images that were submitted for the week-ending competition of this year's Digital Shootout.
Photo Contest Submissions Slideshow


THE TIME OF OUR LIVES
You might have heard the staff proclaim once or twice (or a few times) during the Shootout how it is THE favorite event of the year. It's truly heartfelt, with no exaggeration. We love the people (YOU), the host resorts, the diving and the artistry that comes from it. Most of all, we love seeing your enthusiasm and motivation to learn something new and improve your craft. We hope you love the Shootout as much as we do!

Whether or not they realize it, Berkley White and Dan Baldocchi have given themselves a place in our individual histories. Without their vision of creating this one-of-a-kind learning event for underwater image-makers, there would be no Digital Shootout. Many of us would not be underwater photographers today, and we would not have the friendships we hold so dear. THANK YOU, Berkley and Dan for giving us the time of our lives!


JOIN US AT THE 2016 DIGITAL SHOOTOUT IN The Digital Shootout

WARM-UP WEEK
The official Shootout week has a tendency to fly by in a blink of an eye. We understand the dilemma and now offer a Warm-Up Week for those who'd like the extra time to get reacquainted with diving, to learn their brand new camera system, have some one-on-one or small group time in the water with an imaging pro to guide you on technique and/or get a better, more comprehensive understanding of the editing software you'll be using. Or perhaps you'd just like to extend your vacation? That's OK too! The educational staff will be on-hand during this warm-up week to assist you with all of your Shootout-related needs.

Hope to see you at next year's Shootout at Little Cayman Beach Resort!