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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.

  • Winner: Paper Nautilus by PJ Aristorenas

  • Runner-Up: one breath for three by Alex

  • Highly Commended: Cuttling by Suliman A

  • Third: Salem Express by Christian Horras

  • Highly Commended: Eye of the Cuttle fish ! by Claude Lespagne

  • Highly Commended: The descending by Raffaele

  • Highly Commended: Wild and Free by Giacomo Antonio Rossi

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

June 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: Away from the multitude by Giacomo Antonio Rossi

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!


Dance Through the Night by Sofia Tenggrono: Beautiful detail in this image and what I especially like is that the crab has not been moved onto a bright or pretty location as they so aften are.

Parablennius yatabei in seashell by Min seok Jeon: Interesting to see this blenny hiding in a shell like this. Lovely expression. You did well to isolate the subject.

Away from the multitude by Giacomo Antonio Rossi: you say this is a lucky shot – but there is no such thing! This is stunning too. The mass of mobulars in the sunshine with this devil ray swimming its own way. Wonderful!

Mobula by Claude Lespagne: Lovely image of this ray cruising over the submerged island in the deep blue. I like the way the mobula is turning, and the underside is lit perfectly against the blue.

Angel face by Cedric Peneau: A really lovely portrait. Eye contact with both eyes. Sharp focus on the subject and lovely bokeh background.

Leopard moray eel (Enchelycore pardalis) by arnaud.guillebert: What an amazing moray! Incredible colour and pattern and those teeth!

Sand Storm Lord by Maria Bereozka: I love the sand storm the blue-spotted ray has created. By looking at a still image, you can still imagine exacty what movement is going on.


After much deliberation by our judge….

The results

Winner: Away from the multitude by Giacomo Antonio Rossi

Runner-up: Dance Through the Night by Sofia Tenggrono

Third: Mobula by Claude Lespagne

Highly Commended: Angel face by Cedric Peneau

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 2022 Underwater Photo Contest is now open! Enter as many as three of your underwater photos here.

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May 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: Dolphins 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!


Flames by Raffaele: stunning nudibrach portrait. Vivid colours against a black background. Stunning details.

From the Below by Raffaele: Such an strong image. The manta in a barrel roll is lit in a way that really shows off the movement and grace of this magnificent beast.

Odontaspis ferox by claude lespagne: A super sand tiger shark portrait. I love that you can see the seascape and surface in this shot.

the face of the seahorse by Min seok Jeon: A really close up portrait of a seahorse shows off its incredible eye. Great focus.

Lion Mane by Sofia Tenggrono: Another super nudibranch portrait. Head on, with a black background, this yelow and blue nudi image really stands out.

Orcinus Orca by Giacomo Antonio Rossi: Wow! I would have loved to have seen and photographer this moment. lovely eye contact and the second orca following is the icing on the cake.

Nice to meet you! by Maria Bereozka: I like this as it shows the reef below and it looks like the manta is having a lot of fun!

Gorgonocéphale (Astrocladus euryale) by arnaud.guillebert: Super colours and detail. Sometimes the simle things can really stand out.

Lights in the dark by Maria Bereozka: One of my favourite animals in the sea. I love this image. So simple, yet stunning. The beautiful pattern on the eagle ray is the only focus.

Dolphins by Cedric Peneau: Stunning portrait of two dolphins. I love how they are so engaged with the photographer. It really shows off their characters. The detail is wonderful.


After much deliberation by our judge….

The results

Winner: Dolphins by Cedric Peneau

Runner-up: Orcinus Orca by Giacomo Antonio Rossi

Third: Lion Mane by Sofia Tenggrono

Highly Commended: Lights in the dark by Maria Bereozka & From the Below by Raffaele

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


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

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