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September 2022 Photo Contest Winner and Review

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

WINNER: A Nightmare on Elm Street by Sofia Tenggrono

Another great month full of wonderful underwater images!

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

I 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 I 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 me go wow – I wish I had taken that!


Squid by Min seok Jeon: Wonderful creatures that make for an excellent photographic subject. I like the small secion of reef included to give it context.

Follow me! by Matej Miskovic: This image has a lovely feel of motion with the fish following the ray in midwater. I like that you have caught the ray from an angle that shows off both the top and underside.

Cousins by Cedric Peneau: It must have taken a bit of patience to get this shot of both the scorpionfish and lionfish perfectly positioned. Well done.

Grouper under the sun! by Claude Lespagne: What a lovely portrait of the grumpy fish that are full of character. You handling of your lighting is to be applauded.

Sea Flower by DIDIER PASQUINI: This image really caught my eye. The orange against the black really pops. The lighting is lovely and the anemone looks like it is glowing.

Paparazzi by Charly Clerisse: A lovely moment to capture, as another photographer takes photos of this rare turtle. The main subject is perfectly in focus and has lovely eye contact.

Yellow tripterygium striking a pose by Bruno Labins: A lovely portrait. I like the pose your fish is holding and I especially like that the viewer gets a feel for the environment too.

A Nightmare on Elm Street by Sofia Tenggrono: Super lighting on this charismatic subject. Your use of a snoot means that the subject pops out and what might have been a messy background has been isolated. Full of character in the face of the subject too.

Murènes Leopard by Faure Marie: These eels make perfect subjects to shoot in black and white. Amazing patterns, great eye contact and an open mouth all help this stand out.


After much deliberation by our judge….

The results

Winner: A Nightmare on Elm Street by Sofia Tenggrono

Runner-Up: Sea Flower by DIDIER PASQUINI

Third: Paparazzi by Charly Clerisse

Highly Commended: Grouper under the sun! by Claude Lespagne

Congratulations to those who were placed – there were a number of excellent images, and well done to all those that entered.


Scubaverse.com’s October 2022 Underwater Photo Contest is now open! Enter as many as three of your underwater photos here.

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

Winners - Underwater Photography Contests

November 2022 Photo Contest Winner and Review

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

WINNER: The Herd by Cedric Peneau

Another great month full of wonderful underwater images!

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

I 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 I 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 me go wow – I wish I had taken that!

Longimanus by night by Claude Lespagne: Of the three wonderful Oceanic Whitetip Shark images you entered this month, this is my favourite. The reflection on the surface is sublime and I love the way the pilot fish really catch the eye against a dark night sea.

Underwater doughnut shop? by Bill Passmore: The detail in this simple shot of a coral head is super. I love the title too!

Little frogfish, big pollution by Cedric Peneau: I always worry about images like this one. Who put that battery there? Was it a diver in order to get a shot? I hope not. What it does to well is show how tiny this beautiful frogfish is.

The Herd by Cedric Peneau: Wow! I love this shot, there is so much going on and yet the subject is still really strong in the frame.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by Sofia Tenggrono: This image really caught my eye. The focus is not what we would usually expect, but because the body and the glittering edges are the subject, it still works.

GREAT ENCOUNTER by DIDIER PASQUINI: Lovely shot that tells a story. You can imagine being this snorkeler and have an encounter of a lifetime with the biggest fish in the sea. You can imagine this image in a brochure.

Below the surface by arnaud.guillebert: These shots are so difficult to get right. This is another shot that tells a story and could grace a diving magazine. Initially you see the main shark subject, but as you spend more time, you see all the other sharks in the background.


After much deliberation by our judge….

The results

Winner: The Herd by Cedric Peneau

Runner-Up: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by Sofia Tenggrono

Third: Longimanus by night by Claude Lespagne

Highly Commended: Below the surface by arnaud.guillebert

Congratulations to those who were placed – there were a number of excellent images, and well done to all those that entered.


Scubaverse.com’s December 2022 Underwater Photo Contest is now open! Enter as many as three of your underwater photos here.

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Winners - Underwater Photography Contests

October 2022 Photo Contest Winner and Review

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

WINNER: Odontaspis ferox by Claude Lespagne

Another great month full of wonderful underwater images!

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

I 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 I 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 me go wow – I wish I had taken that!


We are family! by Cedric Peneau: A wonderful image of a group of Sperm Whales at the surface. There is so much going on, with the calf looking to feed and the surface of the water rippling above this incredible scene. This is a shot that really makes me wish I had been there.

Pseudoceros bifurcus (10mm) by arnaud.guillebert: This jumps out from the screen when looking at the competition images this month. The texture of the coral, simple subject and use of depth of field, as well as the blue against a dull brown – there is lots to like. I am just not 100% sure the subject is in sharp focus.

Odontaspis ferox by Claude Lespagne: A lovely portrait of this shark. A toothy grin gives it character. Just really stands out.

Tongue Tied by Sofia Tenggrono: It is always a bit sad to see these parasites on the tongue of a charismatic clownfish. This is a lovely example though with some really engaging lighting to highlight the subject.

Guarding the Future by Sofia Tenggrono: An excellent portrait. The use of a snoot really isolates the subject and then we have the added bonus of the parenting behaviour as it guards it eggs. Super eye contact. Lovely image.

Fairy Dust by Bill Passmore: Lovely colourful portrait of this beautiful fish. Pin shark – which is not easy with the rapid subjects!  The colours really stand out against the black background. I just wish you had got separation and space between the tail and the reef.

WILD MARINE ENCOUNTERS by DIDIER PASQUINI: What a lovely moment to capture. I love the one of the group as turned to take a look at you before swimming off with the pod into the blue.


After much deliberation by our judge….

The results

Winner: Odontaspis ferox by Claude Lespagne

Runner-Up: We are family! by Cedric Peneau

Third: Guarding the Future by Sofia Tenggrono

Congratulations to those who were placed – there were a number of excellent images, and well done to all those that entered.


Scubaverse.com’s November 2022 Underwater Photo Contest is now open! Enter as many as three of your underwater photos here.

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