PADI AND SCUBA DIVING MAGAZINE ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST CAPTURES THE AMAZING DIVERSITY OF OUR BLUE PLANET

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA., September 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Together, PADI® and scuba diving® magazine announced the winners of their 18th edition Through your lens photo competition, which attracted nearly 2,600 entries from around the world.

“The submissions for our 2022 Through your lens photo competition exceeded our expectations,” says Andy LeisnerChief Consumer Officer of PADI Worldwide, the publisher of scuba diving magazine. “The images in this annual collection of underwater photography are exceptional, unique, and capture what a very small portion of the world’s population has had the opportunity to experience: the remaining 70% of our aquatic planet.”

This year’s big winner is Boz Johnsonwhose striking nocturnal image of a flying fish gliding just below the surface highlights the magic of the underwater world and the beauty to be protected. Through your lens is the first photo taken by Johnson, and he brought home $1,000 of scuba diving magazine and a cruise trip aboard the BVI Aggressor by Aggressor Adventures.

Winning images in the competition’s four categories (macro, wide angle, behavior and compact camera) include: ice diving of a whale carcass, a perch eating another perch, a moray eel opening its mouth to clean its teeth of a blue wrasse, a diver exploring the shallows of a Mexican cenote on a sunny day, a whale shark at night, a mother octopus tending to her eggs, and a black and white shrimp.

The first place winner for each of the specified categories also received the week-long Aggressor Adventures cruise trip, second place winners a SCUBAPRO regulator, and third place winners a SeaLife light or housing accessory from smartphone underwater. Selected winners will also have the opportunity to have their photos featured on PADI certification cards.

“We are on a mission to inspire more people to discover, explore and protect our shared blue planet, with the 2022 Through your lens images playing a powerful role in triggering positive ocean change,” continues Leisner.

To see this year’s collection of winning photos, visit scubadiving.com/worlds-best-underwater-photos. For more information on reproduction of winning images, please contact [email protected].

About PADI

PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) is the largest diving organization with a global community of 6,600 dive centers and resorts, 128,000 professional members and over 29 million certified divers to date. Committed to our blue planet, PADI makes the wonders of the underwater world accessible to everyone, empowering people around the world to experience, explore and take meaningful action, as Ocean Torchbearers™, to protect the world beneath the surface. For over 50 years, PADI has been undeniably The Way the World Learns to Dive®, setting the standard for the highest quality scuba training, underwater safety and conservation initiatives while advancing the sport of diving. dive into a passionate lifestyle. For Divers by Divers, PADI is obsessed with transforming lives and, with its global foundation, PADI AWARE™, creating positive ocean change. Seek adventure. Save the ocean. SM www.padi.com

About scuba diving Magazine

scuba diving®, the official publication of the PADI Club™, serves as a forum in which all divers, regardless of skill level, location, age, gender or race, are represented. As the preeminent source for all things diving, the magazine reflects the conversations and interests of everyday divers, featuring world-class photography, unbiased product reviews and inspiring stories. scuba diving dives into what we love about the sport and gives divers new experiences to reach for, and veteran divers ideas of where to go next. scubadiving.com

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