July 2018 Photo Contest Winner and Review

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WINNER CHOSEN AND REVIEW BY SCUBAVERSE.COM’S UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY EDITORS NICK & CAROLINE ROBERTSON-BROWN

WINNER: Bristol Beaufighter by Ronald Burghuber

When judging any underwater photography competition, the first thing we do is ask of each image: Is it in focus? The main subject has to be pin sharp. Is it exposed correctly?

We then look at lighting (photography is all about light) and composition. Backscatter, hot spots of light, messy backgrounds all might see your image lose out.

Then there are other considerations that might get you knocked out of the first round: Was the image taken underwater? After all it is an underwater photography competition! Were any animals distressed or harassed to get the image? Was any environmental damage done to get the shot?

Once we have whittled out the images that do not pass these criteria, it is time to get down to picking a winner. A shot that makes us both go wow – I wish I had taken that!

July 2018

We are on our travels at the moment, so this month we have put our heads together and will be judging the competition sat next to each other admiring the images sent in by you – and there were some really good ones. Here are the ones we picked out:

Our Favourites

Leafy Seadragon by Dean Spraakman: Lovely profile portrait of this charismatic creature. Focus is nicely drawn to the eye.

Animal Magnetism by Sean Steininger: Love the fish that have surrounded the mouth of the whaleshark in this image. Nice use of ambient light, creating dappled sunlight in its back.

Clean by Richard Woodgett: Excellent use of depth of field making this tiny subject pop out from the bokeh background.

Really Close by Paul Cannon: An iconic photographic subject in the UK, these fish are not easy to shoot in often less than ideal conditions. It looks like the eye is just a little soft, but otherwise a good shot.

Vida Macro Filipina by Montserrat Miguel: Despite the fact the subject is a bit too central and side on, we like the curves of the crinoids in this shot.

Bristol Beaufighter by Ronald Burghuber: As an ex-airman (Nick) this really appeals. Lovely use of black and white with plenty of contrast. The model is doing an excellent job too, but perhaps a little central in the shot.

Underwater Jesus by Ronald Burguber: A stunning yet simple shot. Great lighting. Well done.

Whippy by Marc Eeckhaut: Love the movement in this shot, the curve of the nudibranch.

Tiger by Marc Eeckhaut: Super lighting, making the shrimp stand out against a fading black background. Super detail.

Junior Banded Boxer by Ross Neill: Shame the shrimp is not in the black background as it is a little lost against the white, but still stands out enough to make the viewer smile.

After much deliberations between our two judges….

There were some good shots this month, with both macro and wide angle images to choose from. Here are the results:

Winner: Bristol Beaufighter by Ronald Burghuber

Runner-Up: Tiger by Marc Eeckhaut

Third Place: Animal Magnetism by Sean Steininger

Congratulations to the those who were placed – some really nice images here, and well done to all those that entered. We cannot wait to see what August has to offer.

Scubaverse.com’s August 2018 Underwater Photo Contest is now open! Enter as many as three of your underwater photos here.

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. Both have degrees in environmental biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. They are passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images can inspire people to look after the world's seas and oceans. Their Manchester-based company, Frogfish Photography, offers a wide range of services and advice. They offer tuition with their own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques. They also offer equipment sales and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad. For more information visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

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