Scuba Diving Magazine Published The Recorded Images Of The Winners Of The Different Sections Of The “Through Your Lens” Competition.
Scuba Diving magazine has just announced the winners of its annual Through Your Lens photo contest. The winners of this attractive competition have recorded five unique underwater photos that will attract the attention of every viewer.
So far, many pictures of underwater nature have been taken; But not all of them can be as beautiful as the photos that have won a place in the competition of Scuba Diving magazine. The difficulties of this type of imaging are many and require special facilities; For this reason, relatively few people work in this field.
This year’s winners were chosen from among 2,600 images. This is the highest number of photo submissions for the 16-year competition of Scuba Diving magazine. Photographers have become increasingly interested in submitting their underwater photos more than a decade after its first run. It is even said that the top five pictures of this period are better than all the images presented in these years to participate in the competition.
Among the top photos, one has received the grand prize, and the rest have won first place in four categories. These categories include images related to animal behavior, compact camera, macro, and wide angle.
This year’s grand prize was awarded to Evans Baudin. Baldwin is a photographer who was able to capture a wonderful underwater image. Scuba Diving magazine described his work as a crazy image. An underwater photo taken by Baudin shows the head of a 12-meter-long female whale shark with more than fifty sticky fish in her mouth. It is said that these fish use this method to be able to move a distance without swimming. The image and information of the camera and its description are written below.
Description: In June 2020, I traveled with a special permit to document the impact of reduced marine traffic on aquatic life. The spread of the coronavirus has caused fewer people to go to the sea. After two hours in the water and seeing several silky sharks, our boat captain yelled, “whale shark, right behind you!” This female whale shark was more than 12 meters long. I was more surprised when I saw about 50 sticky fish in the mouth of this shark. They were enjoying a free ride inside her mouth.
- Camera and equipment: Sony Alpha 7R III in Nauticam case; Canon fisheye lens 8-15 mm f / 4L; natural light
- Settings: Aperture f/8; 1,250; ISO 640
Next, pictures and descriptions related to the winners of each section are given. Certainly, mentioning Baudin’s registered image with the words “crazy” doesn’t diminish the charm of the other four winning photos. Each of the winners of different categories is important in their class. Even some other images are in the second and third positions, worth seeing.
The winner of the category of images related to animal behavior
Description: I took this picture during a daily dive at Blairgowrie Bay, Port Phillip, Australia. I saw this little seahorse feeding near the water’s surface as it moved freely from plant to plant. Immediately after being touched by the seahorse’s tail, the Pipefish tried to free itself from its grip. The interaction only lasted about 10 seconds, which gave me enough time to set up the camera to capture the photo. I am still unsure if this creature deliberately grabbed the tail of the Pipefish or if it thought it was a plant creature.
- Camera and equipment: Olympus TG-4; Sea&Sea YS-01 flash
- Settings: Aperture f/6.3; 1.1200; ISO 200
The winner of the category of macro images
Description: You never know what you will find when swimming in the black waters. You may come across a small larval fish one night or see a silky shark the other night, But more than other animals, you look for other small creatures next to the plankton. Persistence and concentration are crucial to finding an interesting subject while moving.
About 45 minutes into the 90-minute swim, I started checking out the small clumps of sargassum that are always seen when diving in black water. I found this seahorse in the third pile I was examining.
- Camera and equipment: Nikon D500 with Nikon 60 mm macro lens; Two Sea&Sea YS-D1 flashes
- Settings: Aperture F/20; 1,250; ISO 200
The winner of the category of images recorded with a compact camera
Description: As a SeaLife camera brand ambassador, I always have the DC2000 with me in addition to my DSLR for a few side shots. I’m very interested to see what I can shoot with a tiny camera like the SeaLife and how close I can get to DSLR quality. This fantastic little creature sitting on a palm leaf seemed like an interesting subject for experimentation. This image was taken near Anilao, Philippines, courtesy of photographer Mike Bartik.
- Camera and equipment: SeaLife DC2000; SeaLife macro lens; Sea Dragon 3000F light
- Settings: Aperture f/3.2; 1.1400; ISO 125
The winner of the wide-angle image category
Description: When I was on the surface of this cenote (big water pit), I had no idea what space would be under this small pool. My friend looked so small in the sunlight and the bubbles above him that I struggled to see him in this vast space. Only when I swam more profoundly into the water and reached a part not illuminated by the sunlight did the dark atmosphere of this place become visible to me. When my eyes got used to the darkness, I could understand the greatness of this space.
- Camera and equipment: Nikon D850; Sigma 15mm FE lens
- Settings: Aperture f/8; 1.40; ISO 640
The images recorded by these photo divers are definitely among the best examples in the world. Indeed, one of the reasons for the advancement of underwater photography is the advancement of technology and the development of better cameras and equipment. Years ago, we couldn’t even submerge the camera, But now we can take exciting pictures while diving underwater. What is your view, Zoomit users, about the competition’s winners from your lens? Which of these pictures caught your attention more than the others?