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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.

  • Highly Commended: Odontaspis ferox by claude lespagne

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

  • Third Place: Golden Damsel by MichaelG

  • Highly Commended: The Coconut Octopus by Nus Lobbu

  • Highly Commended: Mating pair by steven.walsh.underwater

  • WINNER: JellyFish Explosion by Huw Penson

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 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: Under the sun by Claude Lespagne

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:

Manta Rays’ dance in the blue of the Indian Ocean by Oksana Maksymova: What a gorgeous image and moment to capture. The movement of the mantas, with one flipped over onto its back, the surface ripples… just lovely!

Don’t Stop by StefanoC: The blue and yellow really compliment each other and I like the feel of motion you get as the fish swim by.

Come fly with me by Giacomo Antonio Rossi: You rarely see these aggregations of mobular swimming towards the photographer. This is really lovely to see and the images makes me feel like I was there – I wish I had been!

Ghosts in the darkness by Jacob Guy: The black background and the pin shark focus on the eye make this image stand out from the crowd.

Death trap by Nuno Rodrigues: A sad image but one that tells an important story and we should all be on the look out for images that will help people understand the plight of marine life.

前鰭吻鮋(Rhinopias frondosa) by Cheng wu chung: An eye-catching image of a stunning subject.

Her Majesty by Marianne Paz Labrador: I love the four sponges supporting the scorpionfish, one at each corner. A good head-on portrait.

Under Jetty by Khairom Mustaqim: A dream-like quality to this image with the fish swirling around the pier leg with dappled light at the surface. I would have cropped a little of the dark, unlit bit of the bottom of the image I think.

Algae-fest by Suli: This is a really striking shot of a marine igauna eating. I love that the spines on its back stand out against the blue background of the water. The fact it is facing in the photographers direction is a real bonus too.

Trigger Happy by MichaelG: Of ever there was an image that made you back away slowly from your screen this is it! This is a wonderful portrait of a Titan Triggerfish. Bravo!

Goniobranchus fidelis x2 by divejackdive: Super composition with both subjects in close proximity but facing in opposite directions. The subjects have been well isolated using a black background.

Octocoral Color Explosion by Bill Passmore: The colours on this jump out at the viewer. A simple subject but stunning one the less.

Cowfish in the dark by Daniel Halmi: A beautiful portrait of a cowfish. Stunning lighting makes this jump out.

Under the sun by claude lespagne: Well done in getting all the aspects of this image to work. The fish is looking right at you and we can see both eyes, the sun on the surface of the water is gorgeous and the lighting on the anemone is just right. Made me smile.


After much deliberation by our judge….

The results

Winner: Under the sun by Claude Lespagne

Runner-up: Algae-fest by Suli

Third Place: Come fly with me by Giacomo Antonio Rossi

Highly Commended: Trigger Happy by MichaelG and Manta Rays’ dance in the blue of the Indian Ocean by Oksana Maksymova

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 2021 Underwater Photo Contest is now open! Enter as many as three of your underwater photos here.

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Winners - Underwater Photography Contests

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.

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