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August 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: Blue world by Miguel Ramirez

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!


Blue world by Miguel Ramirez: This is lovely. The unusual blue bubble anemone shot so that the whole environment is is in frame with the subject nemo making a lovely turn. Really striking.

2 seahorses by Min seok Jeon: A lovely portrait of two seahorses. Their eyes perfectly in focus and standing out due to the black background.

California Kelp by Jack Der: Lovely image. Artistic, simple yet stunning composition. Just gorgeous.

La famille ( canal d’hossegor ) by Yannick Rondeau: This image really suits a conversion into black and white. Lovely eye contact with the central subject. You can feel the movement and drama.

Night South Fakarava by arnaud.guillebert: Super night dive scene. I love the position and turn of the main shark on the reef. The additional sharks in the background are a real bonus too.

Waving Hello by Bill Passmore: Lovely simple composition of these feather worms. But this image stands out and shows off the beauty of sometimes overlooked underwater subjects.

Something is in my hair by Jack Der: Wonderful colours and texture in this image, then the tiny isopod as the main subject makes this a stand out image. Love it.

Waterfall of Light by Christian Horras: Wonderful wide angle scene with dramatic cathedral lighting and a diver to give scale. Bravo!

Living in a Bed of Roses by Sofia Tenggrono: Really sumptuous portrait of a pigmy seahorse. Great focus and lighting.


After much deliberation by our judge….

The results

Winner: Blue world by Miguel Ramirez

Runner-Up: Something is in my hair by Jack Der

Third: Night South Fakarava by arnaud.guillebert

Highly Commended: California Kelp by Jack Der; La famille ( canal d’hossegor ) by Yannick Rondeau; Living in a Bed of Roses 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 September 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

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.

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Winners - Underwater Photography Contests

July 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: Nemo by Jan Leya

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!


Seahorse by Min seok Jeon: I liked this seahorse image the best as it shows the seahorse in its natural environment. The orange seahorse is set off really well by the green seaweed behind. Really sharp focus on the subject too.

Let’s Play !! by Cedric Peneau: Love this shot. you can really feel the motion and emotion. The surface of the water, with both reflection and splash elements really add to a great image.

the bouquet by Cedric Peneau: I love the detail in this image. What an amazing nudibranch! The black background and pin-sharp focus are tremendous.

Tangled by Sofia Tenggrono: What a great Nudibranch shot of it eating as it climbs up its food. Lovely focus and this works well with a black background too.

Stingray by claude lespagne: I love the drama and motion in this shot. Nice eye contact with the ray too.

Nemo by Jan Leya: Wonderful image of a common subject. The bokeh anemonefish in the background makes this shot. lovely eye contact with both subjects.

Longnose hawkfish From Mayotte by arnaud.guillebert: A nice portrait shot of a hawkfish. Good lighting to not over-expose the shiny fish and to light some of its habitat to give context to the shot.

Chains and Gorgonians by Jack Der: What a beautiful underwater scene. The chains, gorgonians and kelp all combining to create a stunning window into the blue.

Cusk Eel Larva- Brotula posing by Sergio Coni: A stunning black water shot of a eel larva. These images highlight the amazing marine life that can be found out over deep water at night.

Sharpear Enope Squid by Sergio Coni: Another lovely black water image. The lighting on this is delicately done and works really well. I didn’t know the Cayman Islands had such amazing black water diving opportunities.


After much deliberation by our judge….

The results

Winner: Nemo by Jan Leya

Runner-Up: Let’s Play !! by Cedric Peneau

Third: Cusk Eel Larva- Brotula posing by Sergio Coni

Highly Commended: Chains and Gorgonians by Jack Der

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


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

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