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August 2021 Photo Contest Winner and Review

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

WINNER: Striped Marlin by Giacomo Antonio Rossi

Another month filled with incredible images, both macro and wide angle, from all around the world. So many great images to go through!

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!


Alas I cannot discuss each and every image but here are a few that caught my eye and why:

River by Miroslav Behúň: What a lovely scene! Perfect focus & exposure both above and below the water.

Beach Party by Elaine Brett: I love these shots of anemonefish eggs and the title is perfect. Lovely bokeh.

Transfixed by the beauty of the cave by Tom St George: Stunning! What an amazing place and the image, with the backlit diver, transports the viewer there. Perfect lighting.

Gigantic Encounter by Claudia Weber-Gebert: There is something about the huge whaleshark tails and the de-saturated image that makes this stand out from the crowd.

The Fisherman and the Mermaid by Claudia Weber-Gebert: Really unusual and eye-catching image. Split shot can be challenging but in this image the focus and lighting both above and below are spot-on. I love the story behind the image too.

Nudibranch by Claude Lespagne: Lovely colours and texture in this nudibranch image.

Orange bubble anemone by Claude Lespagne: Simple yet striking image of this anemone.

Teeth by Giacomo Antonio Rossi: Well done lighting this so well. It is hard with so many silvery fish to get this right and your main subject stands out perfectly without being over-exposed.

Striped Marlin by Giacomo Antonio Rossi: Stunning image. The light is epic and the moment captured simply breath-taking.

Sargassumfish Reflection by MichaelG: Great subject, super reflection, bravo!

Spinecheek by MichaelG: Lovely eye-contact, the lighting on the anemone is just right.

The Muppet by Raffaele: Such a difficult subject to photograph in challenging conditions – so well done. The eyes are perfectly in focus and the detail is incredible.

Cowrie (Diminovula margarita) by Oksana Maksymova: Simple yet stunning. Sometimes it is all about nailing the subject before you and Oksana has done this here with the lighting and depth of field.

Anemone with inhabitant by Jan Leya: The two anemonefish looking out over the reef from the safety of their host anemone, with the surface sparking above them – just stunning!

Crystal! by divejackdive: Beautiful subject, along with a few surprise guests. Black background makes them really stand out.

These eyes …….. by Bill Passmore: Lovely portrait shot. It is always great if you can get down to the same level as your subject, but this can be hard to do on sand dwelling critters. Great eye-contact.

Diver in the Water lilies by Markus Schmidt: Another super split-shot with interest both above and below the water.

Pike in the Water lilies by Markus Schmidt: This is lovely. Super to see the fish in its environment and to get the lighting right here, waiting for this fish to move into the right position shows the skill of the photographer.


After much deliberation by our judge….

The results

Winner: Striped Marlin by Giacomo Antonio Rossi

Runner-up: The Fisherman and the Mermaid by Claudia Weber-Gebert

Third Place: Transfixed by the beauty of the cave by Tom St George

Highly Commended: Sargassumfish Reflection by MichaelG, Teeth by Giacomo Antonio Rossi & Pike in the Water lilies by Markus Schmidt

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


Scubaverse.com’s September 2021 Underwater Photo Contest is now open! Enter as many as three of your underwater photos here.

  • Highly Commended: Sargassumfish Reflection by MichaelG

  • Highly Commended: Teeth by Giacomo Antonio Rossi

  • Highly Commended: Pike in the Water lilies by Markus Schmidt

  • Runner-up: The Fisherman and the Mermaid by Claudia Weber-Gebert

  • Third Place: Transfixed by the beauty of the cave by Tom St George

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

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Winners - Underwater Photography Contests

July 2021 Photo Contest Winner and Review

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

WINNER: JellyFish Explosion by Huw Penson

Another month filled with incredible images, both macro and wide angle, from all around the world. So many great images to go through!

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!


Alas I cannot discuss each and every image but here are a few that caught my eye and why:

The Cleaning Station by Nus Lobbu: Lovely image of all these colourful reef fish on a a small bommie. As always a single fish has chosen to go its own way! You can feel the motion of the marine life as they go about their business.

The Coconut Octopus by Nus Lobbu: One of my favourite macro subjects to photograph and this is a lovely example. Good use of depth of field and I love the position of the octopus in the shell, looking out at the photographer.

Water Lily by Matej Miskovic: This image caught my eye due to the composition and colours. The lily flower in the corner, the diagonals of the leaf stems and the small gap through into the blue make this an evocative image to look at.

Mating pair by steven.walsh.underwater: Wow – what an encounter with such an iconic species. The egg laden male in the foreground and another swimming above is great to see. Add this to the fact you have been able to include both the seagrass habitat and the surface makes this very eye-catching indeed.

Geometric morays (Gymnothorax griseus) by Oksana Maksymova: What a great shot. Eye-contact with all four morays at the same time. There are even a couple of tiny shrimp thrown into the mix too. Bravo!

Odontaspis ferox by claude lespagne: What a great shot. Full of character and it just forces the viewer to smile back at this goofy shark.

This is MY house by Bill Passmore: Striking image of a moray. The lack background really makes the golden pattern on the subject stand out.

Giannis D by MichaelG: The post-processing of this image makes it really stand out. It look great in black and white with loads of contrast.

Golden Damsel by MichaelG: Well done! It is always hard to get small, quick fish head on and you have nailed this one. The yellow looks stunning on the black background and the eye-contact, detail on the fins and it’s facial expression are super.

Baby Black Tip Reef Sharks at Sunrise by Huw Penson: What an experience and well done for capturing an image of these 3 baby sharks. I would have loved this more if the sharks had been coming towards you and the portion above water had been in focus.

Reefshark B/W by Jan Leya: Striking portrait of a reef shark in black and white.

JellyFish Explosion by Huw Penson: Superb image. So much details in the jellyfish and the sunburst behind really makes this image jump out of the screen. I might have tried editing out the small bubbles as they could be considered a distraction from what is a striking image.


After much deliberation by our judge….

The results

Winner: JellyFish Explosion by Huw Penson

Runner-up: Geometric morays (Gymnothorax griseus) by Oksana Maksymova

Third Place: Golden Damsel by MichaelG

Highly Commended: Odontaspis ferox by claude lespagne; Mating pair by steven.walsh.underwater & The Coconut Octopus by Nus Lobbu 

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


Scubaverse.com’s July 2021 Underwater Photo Contest is now open! Enter as many as three of your underwater photos here.

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June 2021 Photo Contest Winner and Review

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

WINNER: “It’s my turn to have the camera now!” by Charly Clerisse

Another month filled with incredible images, both macro and wide angle, from all around the world. So many great images to go through!

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!


Alas I cannot discuss each and every image but here are a few that caught my eye and why:

Juvenile Bearded Fireworm by John Fowler: Lovely colours and use of depth of field makes this image jump out.

Sardine run by Francisco Jose Medina Maldonado: So much going on in this shot with the schooling fish and divers on the wreck. Really gives the viewer a great idea on what it was like to be there.

“It’s my turn to have the camera now!” by Charly Clerisse: Wow! What a moment and well done for getting the shot when you had so much going on. The fact that you got the eye in focus and engaged with the viewer is a real bonus.

Humpback whale family by Herbert Futterknecht: While Humpback Whale images are now much more common and we see a lot in this competition, it is still rare to get three in a single shot. This image was perfectly timed too, with a lovely shape to this whale family. Very nice indeed.

Great White come to the surface by Herbert Futterknecht: Very dramatic with the Great White Shark just about to break the surface of the water. Excellent that you captured the reflection of the shark.

jellys by matan bechar: So many jellyfish in a single image. This caught my eye for the sheer number, but also the delicate lighting and complimentary colours.

Red spotted porcelain crab by divejackdive: Nice to see the crab feeding. Images of marine life behaviour always stand out from the crowd.

It’s mine! by Giacomo Antonio Rossi: These are a favourite subject of mine. I love diving with them and photographing them and this shot is special because of the fight the two are having over the lobster.

Snowstorm by Suliman A.: A lovely nudi shot. The colours are subtle and the shallow depth of field is perfect for this subject in this environment.

Shrimp by Adam Sokolski: This is a beautiful macro image. Simple and un-fussy to look at and the subject is pin sharp. Super colours too.

Jabba the Hut by Frank Michels: A wonderful fish portrait with such an expression on his face. Made me smile.

Sunprayer by Frank Michels: Simple yet stunning image of a turtle and sun rays. Good eye contact with your subject. No distractions in the backgroud. Clear  and sharp. Lovely.

Eyes by Oksana Maksymova: Pin sharp eyes peering out of the shell. Love this image.

The sunset by Daniel Halmi: Lovely still water for this split shot with a beautiful sunset above and part of a wreck below.

Big Mistake by MichaelG: An amazing behaviour shot with a super reflection too. The pufferfish eye is in focus and looking right at the camera.

Nurseshark B/W by Jan Leya: Simple and striking image.

Grouper by claude lespagne: Super expression and interaction in this image. The simple background really helps the subject stand out.

A very chilled Shyshark on a reef by Nakita Willemse: I love this shyshark peeking out from the colourful reef.

Hunchback amphipods giving a shyshark a little nose tickle by Nakita Willemse: Wow! I have never seen this before and that makes it stand out from the crowd. Well done – the angle of the shot if perfect to show off the amphipods on and around the shark.

Meeting the Giants by Cedric Peneau: A stunning image and what really makes it stand out is the underwater photographer in the shot. It makes you understand what it was like to be there and what a special encounter it was. Lovely.


After much deliberation by our judge….

The results

Winner: “It’s my turn to have the camera now!” by Charly Clerisse

Runner-up: Hunchback amphipods giving a shyshark a little nose tickle by Nakita Willemse

Third Place: Meeting the Giants by Cedric Peneau

Highly Commended: Snowstorm by Suliman A & Sunprayer by Frank Michels

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


Scubaverse.com’s July 2021 Underwater Photo Contest is now open! Enter as many as three of your underwater photos here.

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