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BSoUP Beginners Portfolio Competition 2005

For the DIVER Trophy

Fourth - Annelise Hagan

© Annelise Hagan

1st Shannon Conway
2nd Simon Brown
3rd Martyn Guess

4th Annelise Hagan
5th Richard Smith
6th Maria Munn

My portfolio

Annelise Hagan

'Preparing to Dive' (photo: Denis Antippa)

I am 27 years old and started diving when I was on holiday with my family in St. Lucia at the age of 13. My love of diving has ultimately turned into a career; having completed a Ph.D. in tropical coral reef ecology I am presently the 'Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation Research Fellow' at Cambridge University.

I have been taking underwater photos seriously since 2002 when I bought a Nikon F90X and Nexus housing before going to Bonaire on a Martin Edge course. Since then I have travelled with Martin and his wife Sylvia to Wakatobi, Indonesia, in 2004 and joined the BSoUP Red Sea trip in June 2005. Using underwater photography for work as well as for pleasure, I felt it was nearing the time that I needed to 'go digital'. Although at first this was a reluctant change (I love the clarity and colour saturation of slides) I recently bought a Nikon D70S and Nexus housing before joining Martin Edge's trip to Sulawesi, Indonesia, in October 2005. Needless to say, the numerous advantages offered by digital, especially the instant feedback, make me think this is one of the best decisions I have ever made! All the photos in my beginners portfolio were taken with my new digital camera in either Manado or Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, in October 2005.

When not under the water, I can be found on the water - typically rowing or sculling on the River Cam (that's certainly not somewhere I'd want to practise my underwater photography skills!).

Photo 1: Mandarinfish on mating rise, Lembeh Strait. This was a very difficult shot to take as the dive guide prevented us from going too close to 'the action' and the low ambient light make it nearly impossible to focus on the subject. 105 mm lens, F10, 1/60, 1 Subtronic strobe.

Photo 2: I love split-level shots and whilst stopped at a beach for lunch on a day trip to Bangka Island off the north coast of Sulawesi, I took advantage of the perfect conditions. 10.5 mm lens, F11, 1/200, natural light.

Photo 3: Close-up of urchin body, Lembeh Strait. Urchins such as this were often seen moving across the sand and the incredible natural colours; bright red and iridescent blue spots, attracted me to it as a subject. I was interested to find these two small fish nestled amongst the urchin spines. 105 mm lens, F22, 1/60, 1 Subtronic strobe.

Photo 4: Snake eel being cleaned by shrimp, Lembeh Strait. The black volcanic sand seabed made it easy to lie down and observe the cleaning process. The shrimp methodically worked its way around the eel's head and I took a number of shots. 105 mm lens, F16, 1/60, 1 Subtronic strobe.

Photo 5: Using the pilot light on my strobe I could see just how intense the red colour of this whip coral was. When set against a blue water background it made a dramatic shot. Bunaken National Park: 10.5 mm lens, F6.3, 1/200, 1 Subtronic strobe and 1 Inon strobe (thanks to Shannon Conway for the loan of a 2nd strobe).

Photo 6: Lionfish, Manado. The beautiful colours on this lionfish were perfect for a simple but effective fish portrait set against a black background. 105 mm lens, F22, 1/60, 1 Subtronic strobe.

BSoUP Beginners Portfolio Competition

Beginners Portfolio Competition Winners


2017 Nur Tucker

2016 Simon Yates

2015 John Parker

2014 Sue Guess

2013 Mark Drayton

2012 Paul Woodburn

2011 Sean Arrowsmith

2010 Will Clark

2009 Daniel Norwood

2008 David Henshaw

2007 Anna James

2006 Kam Arya


2004 Judy Winterman

2003 Samantha Bean

2002 Jane Morgan

2001 Cathy Lewis

2000 Tony White

1999 Mike Maloney

1998 Gary Clarke

1997 Sue Heaps

1996 Hilary Driscoll

1995 Malcom Hey

1994 Nigel Doe

1993 Gavin Anderson

1992 Paul Naylor

1991 Howard Bunyan

1990 Dave Meates

1989 John Lee

1988 Alfredo Rock

1987 Mark Taylor

1986 Michael Wong

1985 Martin Edge

1984 Viv Pearson

1983 Linda Pitkin

1982 Mike Valentine

1981 Brian Humphries

1980 Graham Pattie

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