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BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition 2009

Organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers in association with DIVER Magazine

The London International Dive Show, ExCel, 28th-29th March 2009


Grand prize for the Best Print

Luke Atkinson - Highly Commended

Luke Atkinson's Highly Commended print of a Kelp forest
Luke Atkinson's Highly Commended print of a Kelp forest

I've been diving since 2004, starting off as a research diver in the Seychelles. Back in England I started instructing in 2006 and joined my first club, Wet Wrecks in Chelmsford. I am now an avid UK diver with 500+ dives worldwide, and together with my partner Tracy whom I have taken to instructor level recently, am about to move abroad to teach and guide in Egypt (UK waters will be sorely missed).

As for the photo, it was taken on a weekend diving trip to Plymouth last September. It was one of those perfect weekends, flat calm, good viz and plenty of life. The site was the east side of Burgh Island just outside the sound, and the scene I shot was just something that caught my eye, with the stones running through the kelp and the rocks, while the sun was beating down. I took one landscape, examined it, changed to portrait and shot again, and that was that. I should confess I took the shot with a Fuji F31 compact and used no strobe or lenses, only a manual white balance, but I have not photoshopped the image at all. I'll be using the vouchers I won to put towards a strobe!


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