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Judges

Mathieu Meur

Mathieu Meur

Underwater Photography Shootout Judge
All categories - except Neville Coleman's

Mathieu Meur is an underwater photographer based in Singapore. He authored a PADI Underwater Digital Photographer Distinctive Specialty in 2001, co-authored An Essential Guide to Digital Underwater Photography in 2004, as well as its sequel An Advanced Guide to Digital Underwater Photography in 2007. Mathieu is a regular contributor to international diving publications, and has been a speaker or judge at numerous international underwater photography events. Mathieu is always happy in the water, be it capturing the beauty of large reef denizens, majestic wrecks, or the tiniest of subjects. Mathieu is also one of the judges of the 2011 Underwater Festival.


Stephen Wong - Takako Uno

Stephen Wong & Takako Uno

Underwater Photography Shootout Judges
All categories - except Neville Coleman's

Full time husband and wife marine photojournalists, Stephen & Takako’s works have been published in over 20 countries and 100 individual journals & publications, including National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Nature’s Best, Unterwasser & GEO. Their works have appeared in more than 40 photo exhibitions, including Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History & Monterey Bay Aquarium. In 2009, both of them have been inducted as members of the prestigious “Ocean Artists Society”. Their images have received dozens of awards in international photo competitions, including four times in the renowned BBC Wildlife Photo Contests. Takako has discovered four new species of Nudibranchs. Stephen and Takako’s images have appeared in over 70 books, including co-authorship of “Sipadan-Mabul Islands”, “Celebrate the Sea” & “Gorontalo Hidden Paradise”. The couple’s signature publication, “An Ocean Odyssey” - a 240-page wide blue pictorial anthology, has received broad international acclaims. Stepen and Takako are also official judges of the 2011 Underwater Festival.


Neville Coleman

Neville Coleman

Underwater Photography Shootout Judge
Neville Coleman category

Neville Coleman is a multi-award winning photographer, naturalist and author of over 50 books on marine natural history and diving. We are proud to have this underwater pioneer and one of the most passionate diver you will ever meet as one of the major supporters of the Underwater Festival since its inception in 2007. Neville is the judge of his own 'Neville Coleman' critter category as part of the Underwater Festival and with any luck will also do book signings during ODEX.

 


Tony Wu

Tony Wu

Underwater Photography Shootout Judge
Behaviour, Big Stuff + Super macro categories

Tony Wu is one of Asia's leading underwater photographers. He has won a number of awards, including the Grand Prize for Best Book of the Year at the World Festival of Underwater Pictures in Antibes for his first book, Silent Symphony. In recent years, Tony has been at the forefront of experimenting with new equipment and techniques associated with the crossover from analog to digital technology. The primary theme in his work is storytelling, and he is particularly keen on exploring the unique possibilities opened up by the use of multi-media formats. In addition to his online portfolio, Tony also maintains a blog, where he shares images, video and thoughts from his travels.


Gary Bell

Gary Bell

Underwater Photography Shootout Judge
Behaviour - Sex - Over/under and Super macro

Gary Bell is an award winning nature and wildlife photographer and was one of the judges for the Australasian Underwater Photographer of the Year competition. His underwater images have featured in major magazines and books throughout the world, limited edition coins, postage stamps, newspapers, advertisements and signage. Gary's latest coffee table book, The Great Barrier Reef - A World Heritage National Park, contains more than 250 vibrant portraits of the Great Barrier Reef. He has worked on assignment for National Geographic magazine and Television division, Australia's CSIRO Division of Fisheries, Australian Geographic magazine, Travelling in Australia magazine and other nature related journals. In 2003, Gary and his wife, Meri, launched OceanwideImages.com - one of the world's most comprehensive collections of marine life pictures.


Aaron Wong

Aaron Wong

Underwater Photography Shootout Judge
Divers + Over-under categories

For over a decade, commercial photographer Aaron Wong has shot for fashion magazines, celebrity profiles, and advertising campaigns all over the world with clients like Levi’s and Elle, and with celebrities like Gong Li and Mandy Moore. No stranger to water, the native Singaporean has been going out to sea since he could remember. But it wasn’t until 2004 that he took the plunge into the world of underwater photography. Since that momentous date, he’s garnered several international underwater photography awards including BBC wildlife photographer, Our World Underwater, and Through the Lens. In 2006 Aaron merged his two greatest passions by bringing fashion photography underwater in his ongoing “WATER.COLORS” project. Images from WATER.COLORS have won awards, fronted ad campaigns, and featured prominently in fashion magazines. Recently, Aaron was chosen by Sony to produce a series of images based on his WATER.COLORS project for Sony’s latest line of DSLR cameras. Aaron now divides his time between studio work and the exploration of Asia’s tropical waters, while dreaming of crazier ideas to shoot.


Jason Heller

Jason Heller

Underwater Photography Shootout Judge
Divers, Over-under + Sharks categories

Jason Heller is a commercial and wildlife photographer based in New York. His work is regularly used for advertising and published in scuba, travel and mainstream publications worldwide. Jason is also a special correspondent for Sport Diver magazine (US) where he writes and shoots the “Images” column. He has been recognized and honored by numerous advertising and marketing publications including Advertising Age magazine. Jason is also the publisher of popular underwater imaging website DivePhotoGuide.com, a leading resource for the global underwater photography and video communities.


David Warth

David Warth

Underwater Video Shootout Judge
All categories

David Warth began filming full time in 1997. The first shoots were on pilot programs that subsequently went to air. After this David decided to work on his own productions beginning with a documentary for ABC Natural History Unit - "Tarkine - the Forgotten Wilderness". This shoot involved living in the remote Tarkine Wilderness in NW Tasmania, Australia for one year. The documentary won a Gold Award for cinematography from the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS), and sold well internationally. The film then became part of the successful campaign to save the Tarkine ancient rainforests. A Soundscape featuring the most beautiful footage from the Tarkine shoot set to classical music was also produced for ABC Enterprises. The next major project was "Rainforest Rhapsody" another soundscape for ABC Enterprises which became the fourth biggest selling video release for Australia in 2001. It also won a Gold Award from the ACS. David has filmed, edited and set classical music to "Deep in the Rainforest" another soundscape for ABC Video and has delivered his Blue Chip Nature documentary "Rainforest - The Secret of Life" to ABC. This documentary has also won a Gold Award for cinematography from the Australian Cinematographers Society and has also won the Nature Film Award at the prestigious Jules Verne Film Festival in Paris. David was also a cameraman on numerous productions. "Roar of the Wild" -13 part nature based travel series. Channel 9 Australia "Reefs Reborn" for NHNZ New Zealand Travel Company promotional shoots in New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tonga. All including underwater filming. Southern Right Whale filming in Western Australia. Cameraman on various documentaries "The Last Valley" for ABC Australia " Whale Dreamers" for ABC TV and Cinema Release "Land of the Giants" for Chan 9 Australia "Crater of Life" for Channel 9 Australia "Travel Wild" series for Channel 9 Australia "Our Seed of Life" - US based production David also produced "Two Visions - A Future for Tasmania", a documentary concerning the controversial destruction of Tasmanian forests. His extensive stock footage library is managed by ABC Library Sales.


Tim Hochgrebe

Tim Hochgrebe

Underwater Photo & Video Shootout Judge
All categories

Apart from being the founder of the Underwater Festival, Tim Hochgrebe has been filming marine life since 1999. Under the name Planula Productions he has produced the documentary Byron Underwater as well as the more 'experimental' underwater production Marine Passions. Tim worked as professional underwater videographer in Byron Bay for 7 years and is now too busy organising the Underwater Festival and the busy webportal underwater australasia to devote enough time to continue his career as a film maker.