​2015 FSDA Florida State U/W Photo & Video Championships

The FSDA 2015 Florida State U/W Photo & Video Contest was held in conjunction with Reef Monitoring Inc. and the Guy Harvey Lionfish Safari.  Winners and prizes were announced on Sunday September 13, 2015 at Guy Harvey Outpost in St. Pete Beach Florida. 

2015 ​Photo & Video Winners

1st Place 
Marco Photo – Judy Townsend – “Reflection”
Lionfish Photo – Ryan Nelson – “Lion Sleeps Tonight”
Wide-Angle Photo – Mike Miller – “Friends”
UW Video – Diane Randolph – “Net of Wonder”

2nd Place
Marco Photo – Anne Hill – “It’s a Dad’s Job”
Lionfish Photo – Heidi Thoricht – “Tiny Juvenile Lionfish”
Wide-Angle Photo – Ryan Nelson – “Opulence and Wisdom”
UW Video – Courtland Hunt – “Greenish-Blue…a Florida Saltwater Obsession”

3rd Place
Marco Photo – Mike Miller – “Creature of the Night”
Lionfish Photo – Judy Townsend – “Here’s Looking at You”
Wide-Angle Photo – Ruth Kisco – “Logger-Head Turtle”
UW Video – Carlos Monson-Aguirre – “Breathe U/W”​

Honorable Mention
Marco Photo – Ruth Kisco – “Scorpion Fish”
Lionfish Photo – Seth Pikal – “Lionfish”
Wide-Angle Photo – Judy Townsend – “Mating Green Turtles”
UW Video – Mary Ann Hicks – “Florida Diving Diversity”​

Thanks to all our 2015 ​Sponsors!

​We absolutely could not pull off this event without the tremendous  generosity of our sponsors. Thanks to each of you for the support of diving, underwater imaging and the removal of invasive Lionfish. 
Blackbeard's Cruises offers liveaboard scuba vacation packages to the outer Bahamas islands, along with a huge variety of diving - sharks, walls, reefs and more. Blackbeard's is sponsoring a week-long liveaboard scuba adventure!  www.blackbeard-cruises.com
Fantasea Line is an international company that is dedicated to developing, manufacturing and marketing creative and affordable products with a special focus on water-sports, diving and underwater photography equipment.  Offering years of experience and expert advice on cameras, housings, strobes and accessories.  Fantasea Line has contributed one of their FRX100 lll housings for the Sony RX100 3 high end compact camera, arguably the best compact camera in the market today!   www.fantasea.com and www.sonydive.com
Bay Photo offers complete pro lab services to professional photographers throughout the United States and around the world. Whether you specialize in wedding, portrait, sport, school, landscape or other style of photography, our approach is to provide you with a large variety of professional printing and photo finishing solutions to help you maximize your efficiency and excel at your business.  Bay Photo is sponsoring over $500 worth of gift certificates (Various values & materials $100-$150 each) towards the printing of your underwater photos!   www.bayphoto.com
M/V Spree offers liveaboard scuba dive trips to the Dry Tortugas including the Vandenberg, Florida Keys Wreck Trek and also the Bahamas.  Their dive trips are geared towards U/W Photographers and Videographers. M/V Spree is sponsoring a $500 trip voucher towards one of their dive trips aboard the M/V Spree!    www.spreeexpeditions.com
Bigblue Dive Lights continues to be a market leader developing new underwater LEDlighting products for the Recreational, Technical, and Photo/Video dive
light user.  Our combination of illumination, light features, battery technology, and
reliability has made Bigblue the light of choice for commercial,
professional and recreational divers.  ​  Bigblue is sponsoring one of their photo/video lights (VTL2800P) and one of their easy release gloves. www.bigbluedivelights.com
Reef Photo & Video is the ultimate candy store for the underwater photographer or videographer. These Underwater Imaging Professionals are located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and serve the needs of underwater photographers and videographers.  Reef Photo & Video also offers many great Photo Workshops and Photo Dive Trips.  Reef Photo & Video is sponsoring a certificate for attendance to one of their Blue Heron Bridge Macro photo workshop classes.  This is an awesome underwater photography class!     www.reefphoto.com
Good Karma Productions is a local Florida business dedicated to providing high quality digital prints to both amateur and professional photographers. They print on a variety of media including, but not limited to canvas, photo paper, metallic paper… They also offer certified 100 year archival paper and canvas that is museum quality and each of these prints comes with a certificate of authenticity. Good Karma offers various ways to finish your photos including face mounted acrylic prints, canvas wraps, pictures mounted to 1/8” aluminum, gatorboard and traditional ready to frame photographs.  Good Karma Productions is sponsoring a gift certificate towards the printing of your favorite underwater photos!    www.thekarmagallery.com  www.facebook.com/thekarmagallery
​Ikelite is a USA based manufacturer located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Since 1962, they have dedicated themselves to quality product and innovation in underwater photography and lighting.  Ikelite is sponsoring one of their PC LED flashlights!   www.ikelite.com
NorCross Marine Products designs, engineers, and manufactures outdoor products under the HawkEye® & NorChill® brand names.  Working very closely with industry leaders to develop and deliver specialized products to fit a variety of needs for consumers around the world. Whether it's radically changing the way you enjoy your favorite pastime with our game changing new technologies, or reinventing our current product line, NorCross relentlessly pursue innovation in all aspects of our business. NorCross is sponsoring one of their NorChill coolers which makes a great dive boat camera bag and one of their HawkEye electronics!  www.norcrossmarine.com   www.hawkeyeelectronics.com    www.norchillcoolers.com
​Blue Water Life is focused on the promoting the beauty of the amazing underwater world below.  Specializing in Underwater Photography, Scuba Dive Trips and Travel, they are dedicated to promoting Underwater Photography on the west coast of Florida and help FSDA to run various U/W Photo & Video contests. Blue Water Life is sponsoring $300 towards gift certificates (Four $75 Divers Direct Gift Cards) for winners of this contestwww.bluewtrlife.com

2015 ​Winning Photos & Videos

1st Place Marco Photo – Judy Townsend – “Reflection”

1st Place Lionfish Photo - Ryan Nelson - "Lion Sleeps Tonight"
1st Wide-Angle Photo- Mike Miller - "Friends"

2nd Place Marco Photo – Anne Hill – “It's a Dad's Job”

2nd Place Lionfish Photo – Heidi Thoricht – “Tiny Juvenile Lionfish”

2nd Place Wide-Angle Photo – Ryan Nelson – “Opulence and Wisdom”

3rd Place Macro Photo – Mike Miller – “Creature of the Night

3rd Lionfish Photo – Judy Townsend – “Here's Looking at You”

3rd Place Wide-Angle Photo – Ruth Kisco – “Logger-Head Turtle”

Honorable Mention – Ruth Kisco – “Scorpion Fish”

Honorable Mention Lionfish Photo – Seth Pikal – “Lionfish”

Honorable Mention Wide-Angle – Judy Townsend – “Mating Green Turtles”