Winner: TOBIAS FRIEDRICH (Germany)

Eelastic (Chrisoula K, Egypt)

Photographer’s comments:
”Sometimes encounters just happen that couldn’t have been planned better, and never could be repeated. For me this was one, which took place inside of the wreck of the Chrisoula K.
“I was quite shocked initially, but after a few moments I recognised that this could be a fantastic opportunity.
So I swam after the moray eel and photographed it above the Tile Wreck’s characteristic cargo.
“Fortunately the flash was on TTL, a decisive advantage in capturing this brief encounter.”

Technical: Canon EOS 5D Mk2, 8-15mm. Seacam housing, Seacam 150D strobes. 1/60th @ f/8, ISO 800.

Judge’s comments (Peter Rowlands): I can really feel the excitement that must have been building in the photographer who took this shot. More often than not, marine life doesnt behave on cue but this moray must have delighted the shooter
as it emerged from the inside of the wreck to pose perfectly for both photographers.
“The decisive moment has been captured to sublime effect.”


Runner-Up: CHARLES HOOD (UK)

Exploring the Kittiwake (Grand Cayman)

Photographer’s comments:
”I was asked to cover the sinking of the Kittiwake for a diving magazine, with the editor stating that he wanted some shots other than standard wreck images.
“Building on an idea used by cave-diving photographers, I took four strobes, all wired back to the camera housing with a home-made cable, and tried different angles.
“The mask reflection, which usually isn’t wanted, was a fluke, but I think it adds to the image.”

Technical: Nikon D3, 16mm. Aquatica housing, Sea & Sea YS110 strobes. 1/60th @ f/8, ISO 400.

Judge’s comments (Peter Rowlands):
”As someone keen on wreck photography I particularly like this very strong image with dramatic lighting and the ‘icing on the cake’ reflections in the mask.
“It has instant appeal, with plenty of detail to keep the eye entertained. The delivery is graphically simple and leaves you in no doubt visually.”

Third: TOBIAS FRIEDRICH (Germany)

The Stairs (Karwela wreck, Gozo, Malta)

Photographer’s comments:
”Interesting structures, stairs and the large engine-room make the Karwela wreck particularly interesting. Sometimes a big lobster is hiding between the large propellers of the ship.”

Technical: Canon 300D, 10-17mm. UK-Germany housing, no strobes. 1/50th @ f/8, ISO 400.

Judge’s comments (Alex Mustard): ”One of the great attractions of wreck dives is their atmosphere, which is something this image has in bucketfuls. I love how it takes a few moments to even spot that it’s an underwater photograph. A real grower.”

Highly Commended: Mario Vitalini (UK), Terry Steeley (UK), Arthur Kingdom (UK), Steve Jones (UK)
Commended: Csaba Tokolyi (Hungary), Nadya Kulagina (Kazakhstan), Trevor Rees (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