Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Art of Underwater Photography

 
I am a news picture nut. I spent 40 years pursuing the trade on seven national newspapers, picture editing three of them during their great eras, but brilliant photography in any genre always thrills me. Modern easy public snapshotting is now the norm but it's destroying the newsmans' art, driving those talented men and women into specialist areas, barely able to make a living. But I still love the work of the other camerafolk whose passions take them elsewhere.  Today it's the depths of the seas.

Every year the annual awards showcase these underwater men and womens' extraordinary talents. It's the Best Underwater Photographer of the Year competition awards. And what a magnificent collection they are. Here I give you just a taste of them. Click on the pictures to enlarge them. Enjoy:




A diver swims next to a huge shoal of fish in Cabo Pulmo, Mexico - this won the gold award in the Wide Angle Traditional category

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A close up of a mako shark opening its mouth wide off the
coast of the Neptune Islands, Australia - this won the gold award
 in the Wide Angle Unrestricted category
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A fashion model swims with a whale shark in the Philippines, Pacific - this won the silver award
 in the Commercial, Conceptual and Fashion category
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A trio of pelicans dunk their heads in the water off the Central
Coast, in New South Wales - this won the honourable mention
 in the Wide Angle Unrestricted category
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Two seahorses embrace in Singer Island, Florida, which won Bronze in the Animal Behaviour category
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A close up of a shark off the Faial Islands, Azores - this won 
the silver award in the Animal Behaviour category
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A seahorse next to a shipwreck in Eilat, Israel - this won
 the silver award in the Compact Cameras category
               
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A close up of a Goby in the Red Sea, Middle East - this won the bronze award in the Compact Cameras category


            
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Watery depths: A large fish is encircled by a shoal of thousands
 off the coast of Eden Rock in Grand Cayman




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