2012 Photo Contest Third Prize, Macro: Nicholas Samaras; Halkidiki, GreeceThe Mediterranean seahorse is the aristocracy of this region’s fauna, so attractive and shy. This one was very proud to model with the sun in the background as a crown. BEHIND THE SHOT: Gear- Canon EOs 5D MKII, Sea&Sea housing, Canon EF 17-20mm lens, Sea&Sea Ys250 Pro strobe; ISO- 100; F-Stop- f/20; Shutter Speed- 1/160. PRIZE: A pair of Pelican dive lights (pelican.com), plus Ocean Soul book signed by Brian Skerry.
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.