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March 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: Mimic by Christian Horras

Wow! Another bumper month 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:

Glossodoris sp. “Rhinopore” by Moby Duarte: Smashing image of a beautiful nudibranch with the rhinophores in pin-sharp focus. The angle is perfect, with the camera at “eye-level”. The low depth of field and the black background all add to this lovely image.

Caddis fly larva (Phryganea sp.): A subject I have not seen before, and a new species is always a bonus when judging a photo competition. Lovely detail in sharp focus including both subject and its environment.

Let’s play! by Ben VERDEILLE: What a lovely moment captures here. A sealion getting ready to play with the photographer using an unfortunate seastar as a toy.

Blue Shark by Mariamillgate: Such beautiful sharks. lovely image capturing motion and eye-contact.

Face to face by Giacomo Antonio Rossi: Lovely image of a Blue Shark interacting with a freediving photographer.

On the Edge by Patricia Pat A Sinclair: A gorgeous nudi just reaching the very edge of its domain. Lots of negative space allowing room for us to imagine the path it might take.

School of Batfish by Zaflee Bin Md Suibarek: Lovely batfish image with the sunburst on the surface really enhancing the shot. Subtle lighting and with one batfish looking at the camera, this is lovely.

Hauling the net by Atle Ove Martinussen: An excellent split shot with good focus both above and blow the water line. Just a little too much left hand strobe, which could be fixed in post-edit. An engaging shot nonetheless.

Nudi in the dark by Atle Ove Martinussen: Lovely colours that pop out of the screen. Just needed a bit more room on the right hand side.

Nice surprise under the boat by Raffaele: Nice composition with the anemonefish, diver and the dive boat up above. I would have cropped out the unlit part of the anemone at the bottom of the frame I think.

Stage fright by Suliman A: A nice protrait of a hermit crab. The black background really helps make is stand out.

Montenegro Jaz beach night dive by Nikola Doder: Lovely pin-shark focus on the eyes. Great use of depth of field. Good image.

Geometric perfection by Alexandre Despras: Lovely shot. Simple yet stunning. Letting the natural form be the star.

Hypselodoris tryoni at lunch by Louis Costes: Wow – so many good nudi shots this month and this one stands out due to the lovely blue background and the subject in focus popping out.

Anker’s Whip Coral Shrimp by Marc Eeckhaut: Lovely diagonal, lovely bokeh background with the two shrimps in perfect position.

Turtle Silhouette by MichaelG: Simple yet super, black vignetting, the blue inner circle and the silhouette of the turtle against the blue. Lovely.

Baby Grouper by Carolina Marcias: Lovely expression on this grouper portrait. Both eyes in view and engaging with the photographer.

The Devil by Sylvain Corbel: A very dramatic fish portrait. Lovely eye-contact. Super isolation of the subject.

Longimanus by Christian Horras: Oceanic Whitetip Shark with sun rays coming down from above. Stunning.

Mimic by Christian Horras: This image really stands out from the crowd. The eyes of the octopus against the bokeh background is simple yet stunning. The way the animals just seems to melt into its environment is amazing. Well done for taking the shot so low to the ground – it makes all the difference.

A white among the reds by Bruno Labins: I really like this image. The blue background with the school of red (and one white) fish really works well. The fact that they are swimming towards the photographer is great.

Coming towards me with his accolytes by Bruno Labins: Another stunning image. Balanced light, swimming towards the viewer, three fins on display – smashing shot.

Walking upside down by Lorenzo Zacchetti: A very interesting behaviour captured by this image. Lovely reflection too.

Manta Rays’ dance in the blue of the Indian Ocean by Oksana Maksymova: What a moment – to have three mantas lining up to swim right past you. Lovey image.

Sunrise at the end of a Belgian winter dive by Kristof Goovaerts: Super diver portrait. The sunlight on the surface above, the divers eyes well lit (which in a black skirted mask can be difficult)


After much deliberation by our judge….

The results

Winner: Mimic by Christian Horras

Runner-up: Coming towards me with his accolytes by Bruno Labins

Third Place: Glossodoris sp. “Rhinopore” by Moby Duarte

Highly Commended: The Devil by Sylvain Corbel

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

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

  • Runner-up: Coming towards me with his accolytes by Bruno Labins

  • Winner: Mimic by Christian Horras

  • Third Place: Glossodoris sp. "Rhinopore" by Moby Duarte

  • Highly Commended: The Devil by Sylvain Corbel

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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