2012 Photo Contest First Prize, Wide-Angle: Christian Vizl; Ixtapa, MexicoThe dolphin was swimming into the sun, reaching for a breath of air at the surface, surrounded by the sun rays. The image is a close-up of the dolphin’s tail, taken at a close angle from below. BEHIND THE SHOT: Gear- Canon 5D Mark II, Canon EF 24-105mm lens, natural light; ISO- 100; F-Stop- f/14; Shutter Speed- 1/125 PRIZE: Stuart Cove’s Tiger Beach Seafari Shark Experience at Old Bahama Bay Resort, Grand Bahama Island, for one (stuartcove.com)
Freezing time is an incredible power. Modern digital photography affords it to anyone with a camera. Yet what each of us does with this capability differs greatly — from simple, spontaneous snapshots to calculated, complex compositions. But no matter what the strategy, a great shot is a great shot.
Our annual photography competition showcases underwater images in four categories: macro, wide-angle, divers and behavior. We were blown away by submissions from shooters across the globe. Enjoy the show in the photo gallery above.