December 28, 2015

5th Annual SNUPS Awards 2015: Witnessing the Splendour of our Oceans

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    SNUPS Awards Night

    Marine photography enthusiasts and contestants gathered on the evening of May 27 at the Glorietta 5 Atrium, in Makati to attend the 5th Annual Splash-NUDI Underwater Photo Shootout (SNUPS) Awards 2015 to celebrate this. It was a spectacular night as people felt and behold the underwater-like ambience of the event. Through a splendid gallery of photographs taken under the deep blue sea, the magnificence of the aquatic life was seen.

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    SAMPLE SHOTS. Photographers display their works.

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    SNUPS is an annual underwater photo and video competition that took place in two unique locations in the Philippines this year, namely Anilao, Batangas (known globally for having one of the most diverse species of nudibranchs and macro life) and Cebu (home of the thresher sharks Malapascua, Moalboal & Tingo and the sardine run Moalboal).

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    JOVIC SANTOS warmly welcomed everyone with his opening remarks.

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    “We are the ambassadors of the ocean,” Jovic Santos said after viewing Silke de Vos’ inspiring short documentaries on the importance of the coral reefs in the country.

    Various talks on marine conservation, environmental photography and other aquatic works were made by the guests. A buffet dinner was served. Video presentations and AVPs astonished the audience with its wonderful and breathtaking aquatic imagery. Aside from being the special judges for the night, Lynn Funkhouser, Amanda Cotton, Ellen Cuylaerts, Lee Goldman, Mathieu Meur, and Michael Aw were also there to showcase their marvelous works.

    Here is the complete list of winners per category:

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    Best in Animal Behavior

    Beginner Class

    Eric Yee, first place

    John Opsima, second place

    Compact Class

    Gibson Sojor, first place

    Oliver Aquino, second place

    Open Class

    Daniel Geary, first place

    Chana Asaweenarak, second place.

    Best in Nudibranch portrait

    Beginner Class

    Weng Qin Ye, first place

    Arlie Junrez, second place

    Compact Class

    Violet Ting, first place

    Penn de los Santos, second place

    Open Class

    Andre Snoopy Montenegro

    Kevin Lim, second place

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    Best in Wide Angle

    Beginner Class

    Maple Lee, first place

    Eric Yee, second place

    Compact Class

    Silke de Vos, first place

    Colin Salmon, second place

    Open Class

    Chana Asaweenarak, first place

    Ana Marie Lat, second place

    Best in Macro/close-up

    Beginner Class

    Elton Abien, first place

    Mariano P. Diongco, Jr., second place

    Compact Class

    Violet Ting, first place

    Mark Castillo, second place

    Open Class

    Chana Asaweenarak, first place

    Ana Marie Lat, second place

    Photographer of the Year Award

    Beginner Class

    John Opsima, first place

    Eric Yee, second place

    Mariano P. Diongco, Jr.

    Compact Class

    Silke De Vos, first place

    Violet Ting, second place

    Ram Yoro, third place

    Open Class

    Chana Asaweenarak, first place

    Ana Marie Lat, second place

    Andre Snoopy Montenegro, third place

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    UNDERWATER EQUIPMENT. Scuba diving suits, waterproof camera cases, flippers, and masks were also showcased at the event.

     

    The contest aims to be the anchor event for Philippine underwater imaging competitions with set standards on diver shooting etiquette, pre & post dive proper handling of imaging gear by dive staff and photo-video diver friendly dive resorts and to also present the deep and vast blue beauty of the Philippine seas. With the results of the competition being showcased during the awards night, it provides the opportunity for other divers and non-divers alike to gain awareness on the importance of environmental conservation.

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    Article by Karj Lucena
    Photos by Derick Flores

               
               
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