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November 2017 Photo Contest Winner and Review

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WINNER CHOSEN AND REVIEW BY SCUBAVERSE.COM’S UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY EDITORS NICK & CAROLINE ROBERTSON-BROWN

WINNER: A mother’s love by Donna P Lim

PHOTOLINK: https://www.scubaverse.com/contestants/a-mothers-love/

When judging any underwater photography competition, the first thing we do is ask of each image: Is it in focus? The main subject has to be pin sharp. Is it exposed correctly?

We 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 we 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 us both go wow – I wish I had taken that!

November 2017

November saw an increase in photos entered which was great to see, and there were plenty for us to comment on and try to pick out the very best images to discuss.

Our Favourites

Caroline

Orange by Diogo Sayanda – Really nice complementary colours with the orange and green standing out on the black background. Lovely details.

Emerald by Diogo Sayanda – Another lovely macro shot here, simplicity is the key. Lovely colours.

Goddess of the Deep by Simon Morley – I love the position of the fish in this shot. Good control of the lighting too.

Play with me by James Harris – Lovely behaviour shot with the sea lion blowing bubbles just as you took the shot.

Mouth Brooding Giant by James Harris – Another lovely behaviour shot, which makes the image far more engaging. Lovely eye contact too.

Tiny little critters by Matthias Graeub – Such a difficult shot, as these are tiny critters indeed. Love that you have a purple and white amphipod on shot.

Glowing in the dark by Matthias Greaub – Nice nudi shot with a really shallow depth of field. This image really stands out.

A mother’s Love by Donna P Lim – Fabulous shot of the eggs and adult anemone fish. Incredible detail in the eggs – which are the focus of the shot.

The Mexican Dream by William Hemberg – Lovely lighting in an incredible dive site. Makes me want to go!

Curious Blenny by Marc Eeckhaut – There is something about this shot I love. I think it is the expression on the blenny’s face and the composition of the shot, but for me it works well.

Stairway to Heaven by Christian Llewellyn – Smashing shot of the staircase of the Karwela wreck in Gozo. Lovely lighting and mood.

Windswept by Christian Llewellyn – Lovely colours and composition of this nudibranch image. Gorgeous bokeh!

Nick

Orange by Diogo Sayanda – Lovely composition and contrasting colours set against a black background.

Mouth Brooding Giant by James Harris – Lovely snoot style lighting capturing this shot of a giant jawfish with eggs.

Tiny little critters by Matthias Graeub – Lovely super-macro shot of these minute amphipods on a hydroid. The purple really pops.

Glowing in the Dark by Matthias Graeub – Love the depth of field, good title too.

A mother’s Love by Donna P Lim – Lovely macro shot with a tiny depth of field. Love all those eyes!

Jelly in Pink by Paul Hewart – The lilac jellyfish against a black background is a simple but beautiful shot. Well done.

Waiting by Laura Tesla – Nice composition taken in a place I really want to go!

Razorfish by Marc Eeckhaut – I really like the diagonals & lighting in this shot.

Stairway to Heaven by Christian Llewellyn – This is a really good shot taken on the most photographed stairway under the sea. Great lighting and angle. Personally, I think a diver with a light coming through the left doorway would have made it even better – even if it is a cliché!

After much deliberations between our two judges….

There were lots of good shots this month and it was hard to find that outstanding image that leapt out as a winner. It took discussion and deliberation, but the two behaviour shots of the fish looking after their eggs take the top two positions. Here are the full results:

Winner: A mother’s Love by Donna P Lim

Runner-Up: Mouth Brooding Giant by James Harris

Third Place: Stairway to Heaven by Christian Llewellyn

Congratulations to those who were placed – some really nice images here, and well done to all those who entered. Keep the images coming and we look forward to seeing more in December. And don’t forget, December will be your last chance to be in with a chance of winning the grand prize!

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Scubaverse.com’s December 2017 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

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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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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.

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This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

 

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