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Overall winner: Alexander Mustard, Sea lions bursting through baitfish, California, U.S.A.
Overall winner: Alexander Mustard, Sea lions bursting through baitfish, California, U.S.A.
Nikon D700 + Sigma 15mm Lens in a  Subal housing and Zen 230 dome port and 2x Inon Z240 strobes. 1/160th @ f/11, ISO 400.

Alex said 'I took this photo last October, when I took a group of photographers to La Paz in Mexico. The trip was designed to spend as much time as possible with sea lions and this plan really paid us back in the quality of images we all produced. Our timing caught the first few weeks when the new pups start swimming. They are so playful, mischievous even, but totally adorable. This photo is actually of an adult female. There were big schools of fish in the shallows and I knew if I waited I would eventually get a sea lion swimming through them. In the end I only got one chance, but managed to grab this shot. I really like the image, not for any technical reasons, but because of the memories it brings back of a fabulous time underwater.'

Alex won the Grand Prize of one free place at Marsa Shagra to be taken by 23 October 2012. Includes flights, transfers, 7 nights full board in a tent (upgrades available) and 5 days unlimited shore diving donated by Oonasdivers and an  individual acrylic trophy.

Although Alex, who now lives in Sardinia, was not present at the Ceremony, he sent a video of his acceptance speech, which was projected at the Awards Ceremony.

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Overall winner: Alexander Mustard, Sea lions bursting through baitfish, California, U.S.A. Overall Runner-up: Trevor Rees, Nudibranch (Flabellina lineata), Loch Creran, Scotland. Advanced Overseas Winner: Nick Robertson-Brown, Sardine run action, South Africa. Advanced Overseas Runner-up: Alexander Mustard, Sea lions bursting through baitfish, California, U.S.A. Advanced British Winner: Alexander Mustard Basking shark at St Michael's Mount (composite). Advanced British & Irish: Runner-up : Trevor Rees, Nudibranch (Flabellina lineata), Loch Creran, Scotland. Overseas Winner: Paul Morgan, Boo Window, Boo Is., Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Overseas Runner-up : Nick Blake, Diver in sunbeams, Taj Maha Cenote, Yucatan, Mexico
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British & Irish Winner : Mike Deaton, Seals, Lundy Is, Devon. British & Irish Runner-up: Saeed Rashid, Seal in kelp, Farne Islands. The Wildlife Trusts Winner: Trevor Rees, Nudibranch (Flabellina lineata), Loch Creran, Scotland. The Wildlife Trusts Runner-up: Robert Bailey, Yarrell's blenny, Loch Long, Scotland. The Wildlife Trusts Third : Dan Bolt, Kelp, Lundy Is, Devon. The Wildlife Trusts Fourth: Samantha Muir, John Dory, James Eagan Lane, Plymouth The Wildlife Trusts Fourth: George Stoyle, Nudibranch (Polycera quadrilineata). North Rona, Scotland. The Wildlife Trusts Sixth: Saeed Rashid, Seal in kelp, Farne Islands.