USOA Visuals Best of 2023
USOA Visuals Best of 2023
USOA Visuals Best of 2023
The Underwater Society of America is hosting its first ever photo competition. Join USOA to submit your best work from 2023 to be seen by our panel of judges and win cash prizes!
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Jurors
Al Bello
Al Bello
Getty Images Photographer

Since Joining Getty Images in 1993, Al was the Chief Sports Photographer in North America from 2004-2019 working with a very talented staff. In 2020 he has changed roles at Getty and is now a Special Sport Correspondent hoping to expand his horizons doing more sport photo/video projects and working to help develop up and coming sports photographers. He has covered 14 Olympic Games. At the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic, Al pivoted during that time covering news and features involving the Coronavirus and Black Lives Matter protests. He has enjoyed shooting portraits of athletes from Olympic Champion Michael Phelps to Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson. Some of Al’s favorite stories include “Cockfighting in Puerto Rico” “The Recovery of Sport One Year after Hurricane Maria” “Virtual Gym Training during COVID Pandemic”, a Portrait series in 4x5 format on “The Faces of Boxing” In 2023 Al was won first place sport category in the Sony World Photography contest and was a finalist for NPAA and POYI Sport Photographer of the year. He was named as a Pulitzer Prize finalist with Getty Images for their team coverage of the COVID -19 Pandemic in 2020-2021. Al has won various individual awards from World Press Photo, The Lucie Foundation, National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year International, China International Press Photographers Association, The New York Press Photographers Association, The Boxing Writers Association, The Football Hall of Fame, The Baseball Hall of Fame, FINA, The World Sports Awards, and The International Olympic Committee He was named Sport Photographer of the year by POYI, NPPA, and NYPPA.

Renee Capozolla
Renee Capozolla
Freelance Photographer

Renee Capozzola is an award-winning, conservation oriented underwater photographer specializing in wide angle and split-level images. Her work is an intriguing combination of artistic talent honed through oil painting during her youth, a professional background in biology, and growing up in Southern California. She has won over 50 international accolades, including “Underwater Photographer of the Year” in 2021 and the “Female Fifty Fathoms Award” from Blancpain through the 2021 “Ocean Photographer of the Year.” Her work has also appeared worldwide in leading publications, including National Geographic in print, and has been featured by multiple news outlets including CNN, USA Today, and the BBC. Renee is an Ocean Geographic Photographer-In- Residence, a fellow of The Explorers Club, and an Ambassador of SEACAM. When she is not in the water, Renee enjoys speaking at various events, judging photo competitions, and educating others about the importance of preserving marine ecosystems.

Perrin James
Perrin James Freelance Photographer and Cinematographer

Perrin James lives a life of underwater exploration and off-the-grid adventuring, whilst authentically capturing sea scapes and water people from each of his compelling expeditions around the globe. Founder and Director of Last Breath Film, Perrin has worked with industry-leading companies and the true grit adventurers that wait for no one, but nature. Living around the tides and yearly migration patterns is the only schedule Perrin James knows.

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