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December 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: Fairy Palm Hydroid with Cumanotus Nudibranch by Jack Der

Wow – the last competition of 2021. It has been an incredible year for stunning images. December was another month filled with incredible images, both macro and wide angle, from all around the world.

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:

Stay on target… by Michael Meyer Fineberg: An amazing action shot of one of my favourite macro critters! They hunt at lighting speed so well done for getting the peak of the action.

Sunset flight by Miguel Ramirez: Stunning shallow shot with a lovely view through Snell’s Window.

Perfect Smile by Miguel Ramirez: This is simple yet stunning. The blue and the yellow of the parrotfish against a black background make this stand out, but it is the toothy smile that draws the viewer in for more.

Barrel Jellyfish by Graeme Parker: Lovely subject that has been well isolated so that the detail really stands out.

Fuzzy and petty by sagi maayan: The top half of this is stunning split shot of the sunset. A good subject for the bottom half too. This is my favourite of your double exposure this month.

Mother and son by Cedric Peneau: Beautiful image of a mother and son Humpback Whales. The eye contact with mum really makes the viewer able to engage with the stunning shot. I love the surface of the water too.

Cuttlefish by Jo Cudmore: I could look at cuttlefish for hours! Incredible creature and this shot really shows off just why they are so appealing. A difficult subject to light – well handled.

Free flight by Simon Heron: This image transports the viewer into the clear blue waters of Barbados. The light rays are stunning.

Carmel is calling by Griffon Walker: Sometimes the simple subjects are the best. Great use of depth of field to bokeh out the background too.

Sunbeams and Sebastes by Sage Ono: a very atmospheric shot with stunning sunbeams shining through the kelp forest onto a silhouetted school of fish below.

Face to face by Frank Nelissen: Lovely focus and detail on this close up portrait of a turtle.

Taste test by Griffon Walker: What an extraordinary shot! Conditions look a little challenging but to get this behaviour shot at all should be applauded!

Juvenile Mimic Octopus by PJ Aristorenas: These have to be my favourite black water subjects. They look like little aliens and are a perfect photographic subject which you have nailed in this image! The detail is incredible.

Hingabe by Christian Zink: I really like this one. The flowing dress really makes what is a very atmospheric image.

Pacific white-sided dolphin by Christian Horras: Wow – what a moment! And you have captured it perfectly.

Longimanus , Red Sea. by claude lespagne: What a sad image. A stunning shark now entangled in discarded gear. This image shows the ever more common plight of marine life being affected by plastic pollution. Images like this are both striking and important to send a message.

Fairy Palm Hydroid with Cumanotus Nudibranch by Jack Der: Simply stunning! What an image – you have found a great angle to create a nudibranch image unlike any other I have seen. A tiny critter in their environment. Great focusing and lighting skills. Bravo.

b r e e d i n g by AYUB MOODUTO: Stunning shot of these baby anemonefish just as they are hatching. I really like the single egg in focus and the rest in bokeh.

Octocoral by Bill Passmore: Lovely simple composition in black and white.


After much deliberation by our judge….

The results

Winner: Fairy Palm Hydroid with Cumanotus Nudibranch by Jack Der

Runner-up: Juvenile Mimic Octopus by PJ Aristorenas

Third Place: Longimanus , Red Sea. by claude lespagne

Highly Commended: Mother and son by Cedric Peneau; Perfect Smile by Miguel Ramirez; Taste test by Griffon Walker; Pacific white-sided dolphin by Christian Horras

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


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

  • Runner-up: Juvenile Mimic Octopus by PJ Aristorenas

  • Third Place: Longimanus , Red Sea. by claude lespagne

  • Highly Commended: Taste test by Griffon Walker

  • Highly COmmended: Pacific white-sided dolphin by Christian Horras

  • Winner: Fairy Palm Hydroid with Cumanotus Nudibranch by Jack Der

  • Highly COmmended: Perfect Smile by Miguel Ramirez

  • Highly Commended: Mother and son by Cedric Peneau

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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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.

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