Winner: MONTSE GRILLO (Spain)

Survival (Tenerife, Canary Islands)

Photographer’s comments:
”It was a seemingly calm day, with nothing special happening, like many other times I’ve been out on the boat with friends. Then suddenly, in the distance, we spotted many birds diving into the water. And we went to see the show, five miles off the coast.
“The sardines were trying to escape the birds and dolphins, but without success. In a few minutes this fish-ball had vanished, but for me memories of those moments are indelible.”

Technical: Canon EOS 7D, 8-15mm. Subal housing, Subtronic 270 strobes. 1/100th @ f/14, ISO 250.

Judge’s comments (Peter Rowlands): ”A particularly visual favourite of mine that also captures the category’s purpose to perfection – behaviour. It freezes the very essence of life under water with great lighting and perfect composition, right down to the bit-part players in the background preparing to circle again to have another lunge into the unfortunate shoal.”

Runner-Up: TAMMY GIBBS (Australia)

Goodbye and Good Luck (Western Australia)

Photographer’s comments:
”After watching the ever-expanding pouches of the brooding males, I was determined to see one give birth, something that happens under the cover of darkness.
“I dived again and again until, on this particular night, I found three males that looked very ready to give birth. This one was the first to have his babies, and I watched in awe as hundreds of tiny seahorses were thrust from his pouch.”

Technical: Nikon D7100, 60mm. Nauticam housing, Inon Z420 strobes. 1/200th @ f/20. ISO200.

Judge’s comments (Peter Rowlands): ”One of my own favourites from the entire competition! The birthing behaviour in itself is technically first class but what impresses me most is the sense of emotion between father and babies. Just look at the eye contact! A fine example of exceptional peak of the action!
“Imagine the eye contact being directed anywhere else within the frame. That parental connection would’ve been lost.”

Third: CATHY LEWIS (UK)

Valet Service (Bali, Indonesia)

Photographer’s comments:
”We spent a lot of time shore diving a busy cleaning station at around 23m, where this emperor angelfish was a frequent visitor. I wanted to use it as a colourful, graphic canvas on which to capture the cleaning behaviour of the Lysmata shrimp.”

Technical: Nikon D200, 105mm. Sea & Sea housing, Sea & Sea 110 strobes. 11/100th @ f/14, ISO 200.

Judge’s comments (Martin Edge): ”This image was a strong favourite with all the judges. It has a wonderful sense, not only  abstract and art but of behaviour also.
“Excellent peak of the action, with the subject occupying the dark tones of the fish. The balance of the composition and general weight of the shot I find outstanding.”

Highly Commended: Olivier Delorieux (France), Lawrence Alex Wu (Canada), Pekka Tuuri (Finland), Andy Murch (Canada)
Commended: Jeffrey de Guzman (Philippines), Mark Fuller (Israel), Andy Deitsch (USA)

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