Scuba Diving magazine just released the winners of their 13th annual underwater photography competition. This year’s “Through Your Lens” contest features incredible images taken over this past year from photographers throughout the world.
There were over 2,500 entries submitted this year into one of the four competition categories: wide-angle, macro, conceptual, and compact camera. Photos were allowed to have basic adjustments made to them while editing, but adding, removing, or moving any object was forbidden. It was also stated that any image appearing overly processed would be immediately disqualified.
Greg Lecoeur was the winner of this year’s grand prize. His image was taken off of an island in Scotland and featured multiple gannet birds diving to feed on fish. To capture his award winning shot, he used a Nikon D7200, a Tokina 10-17mm lens, a Nauticam camera housing, and two strobes. For winning, Lecoeur received a free liveaboard scuba diving trip in Fiji and $1,000 cash.
The winning images from the individual categories included a wide-angle shot of a whale calf’s tail, a macro shot of a tiny cleaner fish swimming directly in front of a sea turtle’s eye, a diver exploring at approximately 40 feet underwater, and an octopus sitting on black sand taken with a Canon point-and-shoot camera. Other first place prizes included liveaboard diving trips in Turks and Caicos, the Cayman Islands, Belize, and the Bahamas.
To read more about this year’s competition, visit Scuba Diving Magazine’s website.