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Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Shipwreck Photo Contest!

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SLR Greater than 130' depth - traditional

First Place - Dirk Wilhelm - Cornelia Windiate
Runner Up - Andy Morrison - Dunderburg
Honorable Mention - Stu Seldon - Forest City

SLR Less than 130' depth - traditional
First Place - Rich Synowiec - Jane's Wreck
Runner Up - Chris Doyal - Steven Selvick
Honorable Mention - Dirk Wilhelm - Eber Ward

Point and Shoot any depth - traditional
First Place - Dirk Wilhelm - Bermuda
Runner Up - Mark Shahaf - Wisconsin
Honorable Mention - Brian Vaccaro - Wisconsin

First Place - Dennis Mullen - Hetty Taylor
Runner Up - Chris Doyal - Bermuda
Honorable Mention - Daniel Tapia - Thomas Hume

Best of Show
Andy Morrison - Eber Ward

Best of show image will receive $100
All first place winning images will receive $50
All runner up images will receive $25
All honorable mention images will receive credit for $20 towards a purchase from
Milwaukee Dive Apparel

*Judges of this contest donate their time and efforts, and are not compensated in any way. This contest is a non-profit event that pays back OVER 100% of the submission fees. Cash prizes are based upon number of entrants.

First Annual Great Lakes Shipwreck Photo Contest

Meet the Judges:

Becky Kagan Schott
John Janzen
Vlada Dekina
Warren Lo
Jitka Hanakova
Cal Kothrade

All the judges are accredited shipwreck photographers who know what it takes to image large subjects in cold, dark water, in less than optimal visibility. They've all put on drysuits, deco and stage bottles, and gone into the gloom in 38F water to capture images of some of the Great Lakes' most elusive prizes.

That's the whole reason behind this contest...Great Lakes shipwreck photos judged by people who understand what it takes to get the shot.

"Reefs? We don't need no stinkin' reefs." ©


Meet the winners:

Andy Morrison
Dirk Wilhelm
Stu Seldon
Rich Synowiec
Chris Doyal
Mark Shahaf
Brian Vaccaro
Dennis Mullen
Daniel Tapia




Point and Shoot any depth - traditional
SLR 130' depth or shallower - traditional
SLR 131' depth or deeper - traditional
Unrestricted (multi image mosaics or photoshopped images)

- For purposes of this contest, SLR shall refer to ANY camera that has the capability to change lenses. This category includes mirrorless cameras with removable lenses. This does not include point and shoot cameras that accept the addition of an external lens such as a wide angle attachment.

Traditional - The following processes are acceptable: cropping, brightness/contrast adjustments, vibrance/saturation/hue adjustments, sharpness adjustments, exposure, white balance, vibrancy adjustments. Also allowed are auto lens corrections tools, devignetting tools as found in programs such as Light Room and Aperture. New for 2014 contest, cloning/healing, for removing backscatter is acceptable.

Not allowed on traditional photos: burning/dodging, cut/pasting, layering or masking, watermarking, copyright marks. Any other PhotoShop like actions. Any photo created using any of these actions is ineligible for the Traditional category, and must be entered in the Unrestricted category.

You may be asked to provide the RAW or original image prior to post production processing at the discretion of the judges.

Unrestricted - Anything goes, but...we are looking for images that appear somewhat plausible/realistic, as well as images that are clearly multi-image mosaics. If someone enters a mosaic, they must be the photographer of the stills or video that provided the parts/screencaps for the final image. The more changes to a non mosaic image there are, the better your photoshopping skills need to be! Some of the judges earn a living using tools such as Photoshop, and are not easily fooled or impressed.

Depth - The depth of the wreck is considered to be the depth in feet freshwater to the bottom, as generally or widely published. If there is some question as to whether the wreck is considered to be at recreational or technical depth, the judges reserve the right to place the submission in the category they deem appropriate. All judges decisions regarding classification of a submission are final.

Entries must be saved in jpeg format and should be sized to be between 2000 and 4000 pixels in the longest dimension. Please limit your images to a maximum file size of 1,000KB (1.0MB). Images will be viewed on a large monitor and should be in the AdobeRGB 1998 or sRGB color space.

There will be a First Place, Runner Up, and Honorable Mention in each of the four categories. Additionally, the judges will pick a Best of Show image. Cash awards will be based on number of entries received, and are subject to change at the discretion of Milwaukee Dive Apparel.


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© 2013 by Milwaukee Dive Apparel.

Start thinking about your photos now, for the 2014 Great Lakes Shipwreck Photo Contest!