Results from the SEA 2015 International Photo & Video Contest

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society proudly announces the winner’s of the 50th Annual International Underwater Photo & Video Competition and the Bob Commer Award of Excellence in Underwater Photography winning images and videos!



Award sponsors of the SEA 2015 competition, with prizes totaling in the tens of thousands of dollars, include SCUBA ecotourism resorts, travel agencies, and luxury live-aboard dive boats, as well as SCUBA and photography equipment manufacturers. We absolutely could not pull off this event without the tremendous  generosity of our sponsors. Thank you to each of you for years of support of diving, underwater imaging and the SEA Competition!

Platinum Level Sponsors

full sponsors list

The Goal is Point Accumulation

The competition is open to amateur photographers and videographers from around the world. Based on a point-awarding system that spans across all skill levels, the winners can choose their one favorite prize from the pool of exotic trips, underwater photo gear or dive accessories. Previous competitions have brought in the finest still images and video entries from underwater photographers and videographers around the world and this year is no exception!

Our panel of judges included Jason Bradley from Bradley Photographic, Ethan Daniels of Ocean Stock Images, and Sterling Zumbrunn of Sterling Zumbrunn Visuals.   They chose the winning entries based on how well it exemplified each category’s requirements. The judges quickly honed their picks down to the finalists from nearly 500 submissions, but settling on the place winners was no ease feat.  They even had to break due to time and continued deliberation over email for a span of a few days on which entry deserved the honor of this year’s Bob Commer Award.   Points were awarded to all 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place and Honorable Mention winners  for the best work in both still  and video categories including Macro, Wide Angle, Underwater California, Marine Conservation, Creative, Classic and  Snapshot Videos.

The SEA 2015 competition Best of Show, in addition to a selected prize from the prize list, is awarded the prestigious Bob Commer Award of Photographic Excellence! The winner of the Bob Commer Award receives $500.00 and a handcrafted trophy.

View all the winning photos and videos from SEA 2015.