This year marks PADI’s 50th anniversary. We’ve loved our time in the diving community and are proud to continue to serve PADI Members and divers as best we can. So to celebrate this milestone, we held a contest asking PADI Pros and divers alike to submit photos, videos, and stories to share their favourite moments in diving over the past 50 years. We were delighted to receive nearly 6,000 entries from all over the world and loved seeing the ocean through so many of your eyes.
After going through all the entries, we were finally able to make the difficult decision of picking our top three winners in each category. We’ll start with our first place winners.
Photo Category – ‘The Pit,’ by Tom St. George
This photo, captured inside the famous Mexican cenote, is absolutely breathtaking. We love the silhouette of the diver against the unique backdrop of this freshwater pool. Tom’s photo has won him a GoPro HERO4 package!
Video Cetogory – ‘Perhentian Islands,’ by Alex Cheok
Alex’s video showcases the Perhentian Islands so well that it convinced a few of us to add this to our future dive vacation bucket list – and we can’t get enough of that clown fish! Congratulations to Alex who has won an Aqua Lung CORE regulator.
Story Category – Leda Monsma
Leda’s determination and courage shown in becoming a PADI diver inspired us and brought smiles to our faces. We’re proud to be associated with such strong divers, and are excited to share this story with our community, which has won Leda a Suunto D4i Novo dive computer.
Congratulations to all our first place winners, and thank you for sharing your favourite diving moments with us. We also congratulate our second and third place finalists, whose submissions we loved too.
Second Place – ‘Photographing a Shark,’ by Brian Burnett
Sharks are always a favourite – and this one wins Brian an awesome PADI swag bag.
Third Place – ‘Two Humpback Whales,’ by Sergio Nogueira Jr.
We can’t help but smile whenever we look at Sergio’s photo and as our third place recipient, he takes home Vivid-Pix photo editing software.
Second Place – ‘Turks and Caicos,’ by K Ian Wells
We can’t get enough of these videos that showcase an area so well. Congratulations Ian who has won a fantastic PADI swag bag.
Third Place – ‘Lembongan,’ by Kai Barlow
Winning Kai a copy of Vivid-Pix photo editing software, is his video showing off the spot where he did his Divemaster program.
Second Place – Amy Kendall
“My first night dive, at Redang Island, Malaysia, my dive instructor had forgotten to mention before the dive about the bioluminescence in the water. We went on quite an adventure, I spotted my first octopus crawling across the ocean floor and experienced how different the sea feels without sunlight. It had come to the end of the dive, we kneeled in a circle on the sandy surface and my dive instructor was waving her hand back and forth in front of her face, trying to ask us to do the same so that we could see the blue glowing light. It took us a little while to work out what she was doing, but when we did it was magical. I love that about diving – you don’t have to speak the same language and you can still communicate with a complete stranger. It might take a little while and you can look a little sill at times, but that’s all part of the fun. It really is a wonderful community to be part of, and I feel blessed every day to have had the opportunities I have had.” – Amy Kendall
We can all relate to the feeling of being connected to other divers, regardless of the languages we speak. Amy has won a PADI swag bag for sharing her story.
Third Place – Danielle Downe
“Finding my mom’s diving gear and old dive log from the 1980’s. She died in 2007 at age 44 from breast cancer, several years before I got into diving. We didn’t talk about her dives before she dies, but she was an adventurer with a crazy spirit and I can only imagine her her stories. It’s neat to see her old notes, marvel at the change in scuba gear and also know that I get to enjoy the same sport my mom did many years prior!”
Danielle’s story of connecting with her mother through diving is so touching. She has won Vivid-Pix photo editing software.
Once again, huge congratulations to all of our prize winners and thank you to everyone that got involved by sharing their favourite diving memory.