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Dive Into the Pink Announces Winners of Third Annual Photo Competition

Nonprofit organization Dive into the Pink is delighted to announce the winners of the 2019 Think Pink underwater imaging competition.

Nonprofit organization Dive into the Pink is delighted to announce the winners of the Think Pink underwater imaging competition. The competition, organized by Dive into the Pink, invited photographers to submit their most exciting images featuring the color pink, with proceeds used to support the fight against cancer. We had a fantastic response once again this year, with almost 600 entries raising nearly $4500 for cancer research and patient support. The quality of the entries was absolutely outstanding, and the judging panel had an incredibly tough time picking the winners.

Ultimately, first place in the wide-angle category went to Richard Barnden’s charismatic sheephead wrasse, and first place in the macro category to Pietro Cremone’s beautifully executed backlit Rhinopias. Richard won a 7-day liveaboard trip to Indonesia with Dive Damai, while Pietro scored a 7-day package to Crystal Blue Resort, Anilao, Philippines. In second place, Juan Murillo won a Light and Motion Sola 3800 video light for his serene water lilies in the wide-angle category, while Enrico Somogyi will get a Sea and Sea YS-D2J strobe for his garden eel surrounded by pink “disco” lighting.

The third place finishers are Rosie Leaney for her lovely pair of giant cuttlefish and Volker Lonz for his delicate skeleton shrimp, in wide-angle and macro, respectively. They each took home a €250 gift certificate towards Saga Dive products. Finally, Desmond Ho received an honorable mention in the wide-angle category for his perfectly composed angelfish under Bonaire’s famous Salt Pier, while Gino Symus earned an honorable mention in the macro category for his beautiful kelpfish portrait. Desmond will receive a copy of “Underwater Photography” by Tobias Friedrich, and Gino will get a copy of “Ocean Metaphor: Unexpected Life Lessons from the Sea” by Cathryn Castle Garcia and Gui Garcia.

Dive into the Pink will use winning images to help promote the fourth annual Pink Auction, a silent online auction that kicks off on September 29, 2019. Items up for bid include exotic dive trips, dive gear, underwater photography gear, jewelry, and apparel. Auction items are still being added and can be previewed at

About Dive into the Pink

Dive into the Pink, Inc was founded in 2016 by Allison Vitsky Sallmon, a breast cancer survivor, veteran scuba diver, and underwater photographer who wanted to raise money to fight cancer by mobilizing the scuba community through dive charters and dive-related activities. Dive into the Pink is a 501c3 organization, and 100% of our proceeds are redistributed. Our 2019 beneficiaries include the Young Survival Coalition (YSC), an international organization dedicated to the critical issues of young women with breast cancer, and the Guise Laboratory at Indiana University, which is investigating whether certain characteristics of the bone marrow microenvironment can alter/promote the spread of cancer to the bone.