MEMBERS IN THE NEWS – 2016 & 2017

DEBBIE WALLACE
won 1st place in the DSLR/mirrorless Tropical Wide Angle category in the International Abissi Underwater Photo Venice 2017, from Venice, Italy

SHANA PHELAN
ANGELA SMITH

were chosen as Vice Chairs for the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI)

STEVE RATTS
had three of his images place in the 2017 Digital Shoot in Bonaire. He took 1st place in the Wide Angle Unrestricted Category, as well as the Night Sea Category, and Honorable Mention in the Traditional Wide Angle.

CHRIS GUG
was a winner in the 27th annual MML Photo Competition with an above-the-ground photo titled “Bioluminescent Shrooms”.

SUZAN MELDONIAN
DEBBIE WALLACE
KATY DANCA GALLI

were finalists and winners in the 2017 Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year competition. Suzan won Photo Journalists of the Year, HM in Portrait and Small Exotic Animal categories. Debbie won HM in Portrait category. Katy won HM in Emerging Photographer category.

JUDY TOWNSEND
had two photos selected for the Lake Worth 2017 Calendar. You can download the calendar on the Lake Worth Lagoon web site under the Photo Contest & Calendar Tab.

SAROSH JACOB
had two of his films selected to be screened at the San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition. He also has a monthly article and video feature with Sport Diver Magazine.

DEBORAH DEVERS
Pancake Batfish Larvae is one of the August 2016 Top 10 DSLR Photos in Issue #29 of Underwater Macro Photographers eMag

KATY DANCA GALLI
placed with 6 images from Palau in the PDN Great Outdoors contest.

JASON SPITZ
was the Macro Category winner at the 2016 Bugfest By The Sea Underwater Photo Contest

ANNE DUPONT
LINDA IANNIELLO
WPBT PBS Channel 2 recently filmed a program on the Blue Heron Bridge as part of the “Changing Seas” series. Linda and Anne were one of the featured interviews in the film which first aired on June 29th, 8:30 pm. Watch for future showings. You can see the trailer HERE.

SHANA PHELAN
ANGELA SMITH

were chosen as Vice Chairs for the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) and will represent Diving and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

ANGELA SMITH
KELLY CASEY

Congratulations for their Shark Team One short film, Tiger Sharks Fight for Survival, has been chosen for the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival!

LUREEN FERRETTI
KEVIN HANSON

were both published in the August edition of Scuba Diving Magazine! The Magazine was doing an article on Diving in the South Florida and had solicited images from SFUPS members.

SAROSH JACOB
won Bronze in the video category at Our World Underwater Internationl Imaging Competition with the film “Sailfish” taken off the coast of Isla Mujeres.

SAROSH JACOB
won Best Underwater Short Film in the 2017 Poinciana Film Festival for his video “Cayman: Up Close”.

LARRY TOWNSEND
had his photo of a grouper in a beautiful reef scene selected for the cover of the Little Cayman Beach Resort’s 2017 Calendar. 

SUZAN MELDONIAN
was published on September 26, in National Geographic’s, Your Shot Daily Dozen. Her photograph featured a larval Tripodfish, Bathypterois granulator, which was taken during a blackwater dive.

SUZAN MELDONIAN
had an article “Black Water Diving . . . What is it?” published in Issue #29 of Underwater Macro Photographers eMag

SUSAN MEARS
had two photos published in the online article “Like Father, Not Like Spawn: The Beautiful and Bizarre Disguises of Baby Fish” in oceana.org.

BOB WEYBRECHT
CHRIS GUG
BOBBI DICKINSON
SAROSH JACOB

were winners in the 2016 Blue Wild Photo and Video Contest. Bob Weybrecht won 1st Place in Macro, Chris Gug won 3rd Place Macro, Bobbi Dickinson won 3rd Place WA, Sarosh Jacob won 2nd Place Video.

SAROSH JACOB
was the Overall Winner and Video Category winner at the 2016 Bugfest By The Sea Underwater Photo Contest

KEAT OOI
has a gallery of images on display at the Arts Park at Young Circle in Hollywood through November 17th.

DEB DEVERS
SUSAN MEARS

had images published in Ned DeLoach’s NIGHT DRIFTERS article in Alert Diver Magazine.

KATY DANCA GALLI
had her article and photographs about Rainbow River published in the July 2017 Scuba Diving Magazine.

SUZAN MELDONIAN
was chosen as Underwater Photographer of the Week for Underwater 360 – Asia. She was interviewed by the on-line magazine, and they published an outstanding article along with several of her images.

MIKE JOHNSON
short documentary from Black Water dives in Hawaii has been selected for screening at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in NYC.

SUZAN MELDONIAN
has been published in a book done by the Dept of Tourism in Indonesia, “Underwater Maumere”

LINDA IANNIELLO
DIANE RANDOLPH
KATY DANCA GALLI
BOB WEYBRECHT
DEBBIE WALLACE
JUDY TOWNSEND
WALT STEARNS
WAYNE MACWILLIAMS

were winners in the 2016 Florida Skin Divers Assoc UW Photo & Video Contest. The contest was organized by SFUPS member Heidi Thoricht. SFUPS member winners were: Linda Ianniello 1st Macro, Katy Danca Galli 1st W/A, Diane Randolph 1st Video, Bob Weybrecht 2nd Macro, Debbie Wallace 2nd W/A, Judy Townsend 3rd Macro, Walt Stearns 3rd W/A, Wayne MacWilliams HM Macro.

PATTI GROSS
will be inducted into the Women’s Diving Hall of fame in April 2016. Patti also contributed to a written piece featured in ChairLights, the newsletter of the Keys Jewish Center’s March 2015 publication, Page 35.

WAYNE MACWILLIAMS
entered into the 1st ever International Underwater photo contest of this format. The contest, Lembeh vs. Norway, challenged photographers at their respective locations. Following the 7 day event, Lembeh took 1st place, and Wayne took home 1st place for his team. The prize was a Siren Fleet live aboard at any of their locations. More Info HERE.

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