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April 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: Juvenile Emperor by MichaelG

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!


Simbiosis by Raffaele: Perfect focus on the eyes of both the shrimp and the moray. Lovely behaviour image that stands out from the crowd.

Pike by Bruno Labins: Lovely portrait of a Pike. Lighting is nicely done and it shows off this charismastic fish in its environment.

Mérou by Yannick Rondeau: Beautiful image. It really stands out in black and white. Lovely focus and contrast.

Shrimp in its colony of salps by claude lespagne: I love this image. The Shimp eyes are perfectly in focus as are the nearest salps. The depth of field is perfect and the lighting to get this right is highly skilled.

Juvenile Emperor by MichaelG: Lovely portrait. This fish is perfect for a black background as this makes the stunning pattern stand out even more. I love the turn the fish is making towards the photographer (and viewer), giving eye contact with both eyes. Bravo!

Seahorse by Min seok Jeon: it is always nice to have a seahorse with both eyes facing the camera. Lovely portrait. Good to see the seagrass habitat subtley in the background.

master of camouflage by salvatore: It is always hard to make such a camouflaged critter stand out, but the opposing diagonals really works on this show. As does the black background.


After much deliberation by our judge….

The results

Winner: Juvenile Emperor by MichaelG

Runner-up: Shrimp in its colony of salps by claude lespagne

Third: Mérou by Yannick Rondeau

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


Scubaverse.com’s May 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

March 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: Longimanus 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!


Look at me! by Maria Bereozka: It is always a challenge to get a lionfish to face the camera – so well done getting this lovely portrait. The fire coral and beuatiful blue water add to a lovely shot.

Dolphins! by Claude Lespagne: Lovely shot! I think the leaders in this pod are really engaging with the photographer and it shows through into this image. Plenty of eye contact. It does make me wonder what the colour version looked like?

Longimanus by Claude Lespagne: A stunning image of a Red Sea Oceanic Whitetip Shark. The surface of the water, with sun shinging through and blue water below really set off this image. Sad to see the shark has something stuck in this mouth, but a super image.

Clown (Maldive anemonefish) by Christian Horras: Wow! A common subject for all underwater photographers, but this really is wonderful. The colours are so vibrant. The lighting and depth of field perfect.

Welcome to my den! by Bill Passmore: These morays really suit black and white photography. Very dramatic!

Long arm Octopus by Magali: Lovely black water image of a long arm octopus. Focus on the eye is perfect. Really well lit. Well done.

Goby with eggs by Regie Casia: The detail on this image is incredible. Just really well done! Lovely red tones against a black background. This jumps out from the screen.

Flabelina by Carlos Javier Maraver Albenca: Purple against black! This really catches the eye. A lovely portrait of a flabelina nudibranch species.


After much deliberation by our judge….

The results

Winner: Longimanus by Claude Lespagne

Runner-up: Clown (Maldive anemonefish) by Christian Horras

Third: Long arm Octopus by Magali

Highly Commended: Goby with eggs by Regie Casia

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


Scubaverse.com’s April 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

February 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: Paper Nautilus by PJ Aristorenas

Another great month full of wonderful underwater images! It was really tough to narrow it down to the finalists here.

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!


Paper Nautilus by PJ Aristorenas: What a wonderful black water image. A challenging subject, but the lighting is just right to show off the stunning colours without overexposing the shiny silver parts. The detail is incredible.

The descending by Raffaele: I love the angle of the nudibranch heading down to the bottom of the shot. The view through Snell’s Window. The detail of the subject and the environment is really well done. A super close focus wide angle image.

Barracuda On The Move by Patricia Dusman: The panning effect of this is great. The barracuda on the move against that background makes this image stand out.

Cuttling by Suliman A.: Lovely black and white behaviour shot that makes the beautiful pattern of these cuttlefish stand out.

Eye of the Cuttle fish ! by Claude Lespagne: Lovely detail of this cuttlefish eye. I could spend a long time looking at this image.

The hunt by Giacomo Antonio Rossi: What a moment! I would have loved to have been on this trip! Orca hunting mobular rays. Incredible.

Wild and Free by Giacomo Antonio Rossi: Beautiful image of a freediver joining a pod of dolphin in clear blue water. Stunning and evocative.

Social Little Fellows by Bill Passmore: Lovely image of feather duster worms. Great they are all still out and have not been disturbs. The tips seem to glow.

Walking on the moon by Yann Toso: The eye-catching pattern on the sponge really sets off the main nudibranch subject making its way from the top of the frame diagonally across the image.

one breath for three by Alex: Stunning! The mono-finned freediver upside-down in this incredible scene really makes this image. You can image being that diver and what they must feel sharing the ocean with these magnificent whales. Add the clarifty of the blue water, the light beams and the turbulent surface – this image has it all.

Baitball by Christian Horras: A stand out image. A wonderful moving baitball being circled by sealions. The reflection on the surface makes this image even better.

Salem Express by Christian Horras: What a stunning angle for this image. One I have not seen before. The diver is perfectly positioned. The lighting perfectly handled. Bravo.

The mother of octopus by Min seok Jeon: A really interesting image. An unusual angle that really works. The eye peaking out and the up close angle catch the eye.

Shy in front of my eye by Peg Mosch: A lovely portrait of a seahorse with all the detail and intricate patterns highlighted.


After much deliberation by our judge….

The results

Winner: Paper Nautilus by PJ Aristorenas

Runner-up: one breath for three by Alex

Third: Salem Express by Christian Horras

Highly Commended: The descending by Raffaele, Cuttling by Suliman A, Eye of the Cuttle fish ! by Claude Lespagne & Wild and Free by Giacomo Antonio Rossi

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


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

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