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2014 Great Lakes Shipwreck Photo Contest judges.

Cal Kothrade

Cal has been a professional photographer on dry land for many years, so it was a natural progression that his love of diving would eventually bring the love of photography under the waves as well. Shooting underwater since 2009, Cal enjoys macro in warm waters, and ultra wide angle shooting in the Great Lakes. He finds the shipwrecks of the Great Lakes to be mysterious, alluring, romantic, and imposing all at the same time. The constant challenge to get a better shot than the ones he already has keeps him hopelessly enamored with wreck photography. He is a past recipient of the Ghost Ships Featured Photographer award, and his images are regularly used in books, magazines, and television. Cal is the founder and producer of this contest, as well as the Milwaukee Amateur Underwater Film Festival.


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.




Enter Contest

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)


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Submit your photos now for the 2014 Great Lakes Shipwreck Photo Contest!