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This section shows images that have been placed in various photographic competitions that I have entered.

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2013

Diver inside the Tarbaka, Scapa Flow, Scotland

Photosub Annual Dinner (March 2013)

Diver inside the Tarbaka, Scapa Flow, Scotland
1st place in Advanced Green Water

The Tarbaka is a block ship sunk during WWII to prevent entry by enemy ships and submarines to the natural harbour of Scapa Flow. Slack of 30 minutes limits the time on this fantastic dive. On previous trips I had tried to cover too much resulting in poor images; on this trip I planned a couple of shots only to improve the results.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + Tokina 10-17mm FE lens and dual Inon Z240 strobes.
Settings: 1/20 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 800, focal length 10mm

Blennie, Ambon, IndonesiaAnemonefish and Diver

Photosub Annual Dinner (March 2013)
Highly Commended

Image 1: The blennie was taken in Ambon, Indonesia using a wide aperture to produce the soft bokeh effect of the background.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + Nikon 105mm and single INON strobe.
Settings: 1/200 sec @ f8, ISO 200

Image 2: Anemonefish at Anemone City, Red Sea, Egypt was taken with the bottom strobe lighting the anemone and the top flash on low power to fill-in.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + Tokina 10-17mm FE zoom and dual INON strobes.
Settings: 1/320 sec @ f14, ISO 200

Shrimp, Bali, Indonesia

BSOUP Focus On - Photoshop Bonanza (Feb 2013)

Shrimp, Bali, Indonesia
3rd place

BSOUP Focus On - Photoshop Bonanza (Feb 2013)

This image was processed using Photoshop applying edge and solarize filters to create the neon light effect.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + Nikon 60mm and single strobe (with snoot).
Settings: 1/200 sec @ f/16, ISO 200

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2012

Peppered Eel in pipe, Nuweiba, Red Sea

Photosub Open 2012 (November 2012)

Peppered Eel in pipe, Nuweiba, Red Sea
1st place

This image of the eel was taken in Nuweiba, Red Sea, Egypt. Using a single strobe with a snoot provided the dark background making the subject pop out. The pipe added a strong diagonal to the image.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + 60mm lens and a single Inon Z240 strobe (with snoot).
Settings: 1/320 sec @ f/11, ISO 200

Diver in the Tabarka blockship, Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands, UKDiver and dive boat split shot, Plymouth, UKLeaches spider crab and anemone, Selsey Lifeboat Station, UK

BSOUP Best of British Portfolio (October 2012)
4th place

BSOUP Best of British Portfolio 2012

The Best of British Portfolio competition requires contestants to enter 3 photographs (not necessarily related) which demonstrate a range of photographic techniques and skills. A judging panel chose their "best 12" (from an entry of 17 contestants) and the BSoUP audience votes for their favourites from this final 12. The winning shots were taken by BSoUP member Jane Morgan.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + Nikon 60mm or 10-17mm FE zoom and INON strobes.

BSoUP Theme Portfolio

BSOUP Theme Portfolio (March 2012)
1st place

BSoUP Theme Portfolio (March 2012)

Seal images taken in the waters off Lundy, Devon. Camera Settings, clockwise from top left:
1. Canon 20D + 10-22mm @ 21mm, 1/320 @ f4.5, ISO 400
2. Nikon D300 + 10-17mm FE @15mm, 1/200 @ f8.0, ISO 200
3. Canon 20D + 10-22mm @ 21mm, 1/320 @ f4.5, ISO 400
4. Nikon D300 + 10-17mm FE @15mm, 1/160 @ f6.3, ISO 200
5. Nikon D300 + 10-17mm FE @17mm, 1/200 @ f6.3, ISO 200
6. Nikon D300 + 10-17mm FE @17mm, 1/100 @ f5.0, ISO 200

Basking Shark, Mull, Scotland

Photosub Annual Dinner (March 2012)

Basking Shark, Island of Coll (nr. Mull), West coast of Scotland
3rd place in Green Water Advanced

This image of the basking shark was taken off the island of Coll, Mull off the west coast of Scotland.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + Nikon 10.5mm FE.
Settings: 1/250 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 640, focal length 10.5mm

Eel and Shrimp, Bali, Indonesia

Photosub Annual Dinner (March 2012)

Eel and Shrimp, Bali, Indonesia
3rd place in Open Prints

This image of the eel and shrimp was taken at Tulamben, Bali.

Equipment: Canon S90 in a Canon housing with single Inon Z240 strobe.
Settings: 1/200 sec @ f/4.9, ISO 80, focal length 22.5mm

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2011

BSoUP Open Portfolio

BSOUP Open Portfolio (December 2011)
3rd place

BSoUP Open Portfolio (December 2011)

1 Squat Cleaner Shrimp, Bali: Nikon D300 + 60mm Macro 1xINON Z240 strobe + snoot
2 Triplefin Blenny on red background, Bali: Nikon D300 + 105mm Macro+1.4 Teleconverter+stacked INON 165+INON 330 wet lenses. 1xINON Z240 strobe
3 Blenny on sea pen, Bali: Canon S90 + macro lens, 1xINON Z240 strobe + snoot
4 Blue ribbon eel, Bali: Nikon D300 + 60mm Macro 1x INON Z240 strobe + snoot
5 Anthia, Nuweiba, Red Sea: Nikon D300 + 105mm Macro 2xINON Z240 strobe
6 Nudibranch, Bali: Nikon D300 + 105mm Macro+1.4 Teleconverter+stacked INON 165+INON 330 wet lenses. 1xINON Z240 strobe

Blue ribbon eel, Tulamben, BaliTriplefin Blenny, Tulamben, BaliSquat Cleaner Shrimp, Tulamben, Bali

Photosub Open 2011 (November 2011)
2nd, 4th and 5th place

Entrants were able to enter 3 images. The competition was judged by underwater photographer and educator Martin Edge.

The blenny (4th place) was shot with a 105mm macro + 1.4 tele converter and stacked INON 165 and 330 wet dioptres. The blue ribbon eel (2nd place) and shrimp images (5th place) were lit using a fibre snoot to control the lighting and reduce light spillage onto the background.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + Nikon 105mm and single INON strobe.

Eel, Nuweiba, EgyptGun breech and shoaling fish, Scapa Flow, Scotland

Photosub Annual Dinner (February 2011)
Highly Commended

Image 1: The eel was taken using a home made snoot to limit the light coverage and produce this shot against a black background.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + Nikon 60mm and single INON strobe.
Settings: 1/200 sec @ f18, ISO 200

Image 2: I was photographing the colours of the gun breech and urchins against the green water when a shoal of fish made a fortuitous appearance adding extra interest to the shot.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + Tokina 10-17mm FE zoom and dual INON strobes.
Settings: 1/30 sec @ f5.6, ISO 200

Diver on wreck of the SS James Eagan Layne

British Underwater Image Festival (January 2011)

Diver and Wheel, James Egan Layne, UK
Winner of Apeks UK

This image of the diver was taken on the wreck of the James Eagan Layne off the Cornish coast at a depth of about 20 metres using a mixture of strobe lighting and natural light.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + Nikon 10.5mm FE with twin Inon Z240 strobes.
Settings: 1/60 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 400, focal length 10.5mm

Backlit scorpionfish, Sulawesi, Indonesia

BSOUP Focus On "Best of 2010" (January 2011)

Backlit scorpionfish, Lembeh, Indonesia
3rd place

BSOUP Focus On - Best of 2010 (January 2011)

The scorpionfish was sitting proud on a coral outcrop allowing a single snooted strobe to be placed behind the subject to produce the silhouette shot.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + Nikon 60mm and INON strobes.
Settings: 1/320 sec @ f/11, ISO 200

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2010

Scorpionfish, Nuweiba, EgyptEel, Nuweiba, EgyptWreck of Salem Express, Egypt

BSOUP Underwater Excellence (September 2010)
6th place

BSOUP Underwater Excellence (September 2010)

The Underwater Excellence competition requires contestants to enter 3 photographs (not necessarily related) which demonstrate a range of photographic techniques and skills. A judging panel chose their "best 12" (from an entry of 27 contestants) and the BSoUP audience votes for their favourites from this final 12. The winning shots were taken by BSoUP member Joss Woolf.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + Nikon 60mm or 10-17mm FE zoom and INON strobes.

Anemonefish, Maratua, Indonesia

BSOUP Focus On - Anemonefish (July 2010)

Anemonefish, Maratua, Indonesia
6th place

BSOUP Focus On - Anemonefish (July 2010)

This image was taken on a raging drift dive in Maratua, Indonesian Borneo. The state of the sea agitated the anemone to reveal the purple skirt (actually looks light blue when viewed in natural light) but was a pig to get the sequence of shots from which this was selected.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + Nikon 60mm and dual strobes.
Settings: 1/100 sec @ f/14, ISO 200

Lionfish reflection, Nuweiba pier, Egypt

BSOUP Focus On - Reflections (June 2010)

Lionfish reflection, Nuweiba pier, Egypt
3rd place

BSOUP Focus On - Reflections (June 2010)

This image was taken on a night diver under the pier at Nuweiba, Egypt.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + Nikon 17-55mm with +4 dioptre and dual strobes.
Settings: 1/100 sec @ f/8, ISO 200, focal length 25mm

Diver silhouette, Shark & Yolanda Reef, Egypt

BSOUP Focus On - Wide-angle with model (May 2010)

Diver at Shark & Yolanda Reef, Egypt
4th place

BSOUP Focus On - Wide-angle with model (May 2010)

This image was taken on Shark & Yolanda reef, Ras Mohammed, Egypt at a depth of about 10 metres using natural light with a touch of flash to illuminate the edges of the opening.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + Tokina 10-17mm FE.
Settings: 1/80 sec @ f/16, ISO 200, focal length 10mm

Diver in SS James Egan Layne

Photosub Annual Dinner (February 2010)

James Egan Layne, UK
2nd place in Green Water Advanced

This image was taken within the hold of the SS Jmes Egan Layne, Cornwall, UK at a depth of about 18 metres using natural light.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + Tokina 10-17mm FE.
Settings: 1/30 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 250, focal length 10mm

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2009

Lionfish, Nuweiba, Egypt

Photosub Meeting (November 2009)

Lionfish, Nuweiba, Egypt
2nd place in Photosub open

This image of the lionfish was taken at the jetty, Nuweiba, Egypt at a depth of about 2 metres using a mixture of strobe lighting and natural light.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + Tokina 10-17mm FE with twin Inon Z240 strobes.
Settings: 1/125 sec @ f/13 ISO 200, focal length 17mm

Turtle and remora at Sipadan, Malaysian Borneo

Photosub Annual Dinner (March 2009)

Turtle, Sipadan, Borneo
2nd place in Blue Water Advanced

This image of the turtle was taken at Sipadan Island in Malaysian Borneo at a depth of about 10 metres using a mixture of strobe lighting and natural light.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + Nikon 10.5mm FE with twin Inon Z240 strobes.
Settings: 1/60 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 200, focal length 10.5mm

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2008

Tompot Blenny on wreck of the SS James Egan Layne

Photosub Splash-in (July 2008)
Photosub Annual Dinner (March 2009)

Tompot Blenny, UK
Highly Commended (Photosub Splash-in)
3rd place in Green Water Advanced (Photosub Annual Dinner)

This Tompot Blenny was taken on the wreck of the SS James Egan Layne off the Cornish coast at a depth of about 10 metres.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + Nikon 60mm Macro with twin Inon Z240 strobes.
Settings: 1/100 sec @ f/13, ISO 200, focal length 60mm

Diver on wreck of the SS James Egan Layne

BSoUP Splash-in, Plymouth (July 2008)

James Egan Layne, UK
Runner-up in wide angle category
Runner-up across all categories

This image of the diver was taken on the wreck of the James Egan Layne off the Cornish coast at a depth of about 20 metres using a mixture of strobe lighting and natural light.

Equipment: Nikon D300 + Nikon 10.5mm FE with twin Inon Z240 strobes.
Settings: 1/60 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 400, focal length 10.5mm

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2007

Grey Seal, Lundy, UK

British Underwater Image Festival (March 2007)

Grey Seal, Lundy, UK
Highly Commended

This image of the seal was taken off the island of Lundy (North Devon coast, UK) at a depth of about 2 metres using natural light.

Equipment: Canon 20D + Canon 10-22mm.
Settings: 1/1000 sec @ f/10, ISO 400, focal length 20mm

Grouper, Lanzarote

Photosub Annual Dinner (February 2007)

Grouper, Lanzarote
Commended

This grouper was taken at the Cathedral dive site off Playa Del Carmen in Lanzarote (Canary Islands) at a depth of 25 metres.

Equipment: Canon 20D + Canon 10-22mm zoom with twin DS-125 strobes.
Settings: 1/80 sec @ f/16, ISO 200, focal length 10mm

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2003

Coral Shrimp, Bonaire

SPORTDIVER Magazine (December 2003)

Coral Shrimp in anemone, Bonaire
Runner Up

This coral shrimp was shot on the house reef off Buddy Dive Resort in Bonaire (Southern Carribean) at a depth of about 5 metres.

Equipment: Olympus 3040 in an Olympus PT-20 housing with single Epoque ES-150 strobe.
Settings: 1/100 sec @ f/10, ISO 200, focal length 17mm

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