Scuba Diving Magazine Through Your Lens Photo Contest Results

PADI scuba diving magazine announced the results of its 2022 Through Your Lens Photo Contest. The competition had four categories of images – wide angle, macro, demeanor and compact camera – and the competition also awards a grand prize. This time around, Boz Johnson’s beautifully executed reflection shot of a flying fish in the waters of Anilao in the Philippines beat out over 2,500 other entries for the best overall image.

The first image in the Wide Angle category went to Alex Dawson for his incredible capture of whale carcasses in the freezing waters of East Greenland. Yury Ivanov took first place in Macro for his pretty butterfly sea slug perched on seaweed in Papua New Guinea. Salvatore Ianniello photographed the first place winner in the Behavior category, a stunning shot of crabs riding a barrel jellyfish in Italy. And finally, Miguel Ramirez came out on Compact Camera for another mind-blowing behavioral shot: a tiny emperor shrimp hitchhiking on a big spanish dancing nudibranch, photographed during a night dive off the island of La Meeting.

Congratulations to all the photographers for their well-deserved victories. Check out the incredible winning images below.



Contest winners are announced

Together, PADI and Scuba Diving magazine announced the winners of their 18th annual Through Your Lens Photo Contest, which attracted nearly 2,600 entrants from around the world.

“The submissions for our 2022 Through Your Lens Photo Contest exceeded our expectations,” said Andy Leisner, Chief 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 grand prize winner is Boz Johnson, whose striking nocturnal image of a flying fish gliding just below the surface highlights the magic of the underwater world and the beauty worth protecting.

Through Your Lens is Johnson’s first photo taken, and he won $1,000 from Scuba Diving magazine and a cruise trip aboard Aggressor Adventures’ BVI Aggressor.

Winning images in all four categories of the macro, wide angle, behavior and compact camera competition include: immersing a whale carcass in the ice, a perch eating another perch, a moray eel opening its mouth to clean the teeth of a wrasse blue, a scuba 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. (credit: Boz Johnson, grand prize winner)

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 images of 2022 Through Your Lens playing a powerful role in sparking positive ocean change,” continues Leisner.

Alex Dawson, first place, wide angle

Yuri Ivanov, first place, macro

Salvatore Ianniello, first place, behavior

Miguel Ramirez, first place, compact camera

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