2012 Photo Contest Second Prize, Macro: Jose Regalado; Dumaguete, PhilippinesA sea wasp grazed my forehead as I was setting up a shot — excruciating. By the time I recomposed myself, the initial subject was gone, but I spotted this triplefin blenny. BEHIND THE SHOT: Gear- Nikon D300, Ikelite housing, Nikon 105mm lens, +5 SubSee diopter, Ikelite DS-160 and DS-125 strobes; ISO- 200; F-Stop- f/22; Shutter Speed -1/160 PRIZE: SCUBAPRO MK25/S600 regulator (scubapro.com), plus Backscatter gift certificate (backscatter.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.