2012 Photo Contest Grand Prize: Nicholas Samaras; Agia Kyriaki, Greece.Mount Pelion forms a hooklike peninsula between the Pagasetic Gulf and the Aegean Sea that is full of rocky formations that end in open caverns. This split shot was taken on a midday dive with the sun lighting the opening and the diver floating in shallow water. BEHIND THE SHOT: Gear- Canon EOs 5D MKII, Sea&Sea housing, Canon EF 15mm fisheye lens, natural light; ISO- 320; F-Stop- f/5; Shutter Speed -1/25; PRIZE: Seven-night live-aboard trip for one to the Bahamas aboard the Carib Dancer (dancerfleet.com), plus $1,000 cash.
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.