2012 Photo Contest First Prize, Macro: Mark Fuller; Red Sea, Eilat, IsraelA mimic blenny yawning, with lighting created by using a snoot on the strobe to create a spotlight effect — it took lots of patience to gain the subject’s trust, and fast reactions to capture the yawn. BEHIND THE SHOT: Gear- Nikon D80, Ikelite housing, Nikon 105mm lens, SubSee strobes with snoot; ISO- 100 F-Stop- f/16; Shutter Speed- 1/200; PRIZE: Seven-night trip for one to the Bahamas aboard the Aqua Cat live-aboard (aquacatcruises.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.