Winner: TREVOR REES (UK)

Cuttlefish In A Blur (Babbacombe, Devon)

Photographer’s comments:
”The location is a well-known spot where cuttlefish come into the shallows from late spring to early summer to breed and lay their eggs.
“To add a different look I used a zoom blur filter in Photoshop to give the effect of movement, which I felt complemented their tendency often to shoot off backwards at great speed if alarmed. It was a pleasing capture from a simple 4MP compact camera.”

Technical: Canon A80, Inon 105 wet lens, Canon housing, single Sea & Sea YS90 strobe. F5.6 @ 1/50sec. ISO 100

Judge’s comments (Alex Mustard): ”A fantastic portrait of one of the wonders of British seas. This is an image that succeeds not because of a rare species – most divers in the south of England will regularly see cuttlefish – but because of excellent technique, both in the water and in processing the image to produce a stunning result.”

Runner-Up: POLLY WHYTE (UK)

Hermit Crabs Hanging Out (Loch Carron, Scotland)

Photographer’s comments:
”It’s fair to say that I’m a little bit obsessed with hermit crabs.
I think they’re funny little critters, often walking around with bits of seaweed and other marine life stuck to them.
“This pair caught my eye during a week spent doing shore dives on the west coast of Scotland in November last year.”

Technical: Canon S100, Inon 165 wet lens, Canon housing, single Inon Z240 strobe. 1/80th @ f/5.9. ISO 200.

Judge’s comments (Martin Edge): ”Yet another common subject, but the double-up and size ratio to each other balance the frame particularly well.  The black background is effective to eliminate visual clutter, and the precise positioning of the centre of interest, ‘the two pairs of eyes‘, is compositionally very strong.”

Third: PAUL COLLEY (UK)

Sharp Shrimp (Chesil Beach, Dorset)

Photographer’s comments:
”This was taken during an on-the-day splash-in competition when weather conditions were bad, so I sought out a sheltered bay to the east of Chesil Beach for a better chance of success. In only 2m of water, a group of blennies and shrimps were fighting over tiny scraps of flesh in the remains of a cockleshell.
“Getting an in-focus and well-composed image with a compact as the skittish animals moved around was quite a challenge.”

Technical: Olympus XZ-2, +10 dioptre. Olympus housing, single Inon Z240 strobe. 1/160th @ f/5.6, ISO 100.

Judge’s comments (Alex Mustard): ”This is a fantastic demonstration of what can be done with a compact, and that it’s the photographer and not the camera that makes the image.
‘The eye is so sharply in focus you could cut yourself on it. And the photographer handled the background with aplomb, which can be a real challenge with compact cameras in British seas.”

Highly Commended: Warren Williams (UK), Polly Whyte (UK), Polly Whyte (UK), Polly Whyte (UK)
Commended: Tim Caddy (UK), Andrew Pearson (UK), Polly Whyte (UK)

INTRODUCTION
CATEGORY 1: INTERNATIONAL WIDE ANGLE
CATEGORY 2: INTERNATIONAL MACRO
CATEGORY 3: INTERNATIONAL WRECKS
CATEGORY 4: INTERNATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
CATEGORY 5: UP AND COMING WORLDWIDE
CATEGORY 6: BRITISH WATERS WIDE ANGLE
CATEGORY 7: BRITISH WATERS MACRO
CATEGORY 8: BRITISH WATERS COMPACT