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BSoUP Open Portfolio Competition 2007

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Winner - Shannon Conway

Shannon Conway - Winner Open Portfolio 2007

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1st - Shannon Conway
2nd - Alex Mustard
3rd - Jane Morgan
4th - Alan James

My portfolio by Shannon Conway

Shannon Conway

Shannon Conway is 44 years old and lives in Fremantle, Western Australia  

'Many thanks to everyone at BSoUP you have all been an inspiration to me. Giving approval to my images has motivated me to persist when I'm struggling to get that image I desire.

I would especially like to thank Martin and Sylvia Edge for their friendship, motivation and wisdom. Thank you Alex Mustard for making the long trip over to Australia, I'm sure you agree there is such a diversity of marine life outside the Barrier Reef.'

Amanda and schooling Jacks

Image 1: My wife Amanda with schooling Jacks at the Liberty Wreck Tulamben Bali, October 2007. Nikon D2x, 10.5 Fisheye, Twin Inons. F7.1 @ 1/100

This image took the best part of two dives to take much to the displeasure of my very cooperative model and the not so cooperative Jacks.

A simple looking shot but as I found out not so simple to execute, reminds me of the schooling Barracuda at Barracuda Point Sipadan which still holds great memories.

Leafy seadragon

Image 2: Leafy Seadragon - Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, November 2007. Nikon D2x, 60mm Macro Twin Inons F13 @ 1/250

The Leafy Seadragon what a majestic creature. Alex and I spent in excess of 8 hours in the water with these creatures it's just a wonderful experience. Many thanks to Carey at for his guidance and advice.

Gorgonian fan and Diver

Image 3  Gorgonia Fan and Diver - Turtle Cave, Palau, June 2007. Nikon D2x, 10.5 Fisheye, Twin Inons. F8 @ 1/100

An idea I have tried in a few caves with open tops using a Gorgonia Fan and positioning the diver in the blue. This was very difficult to light and Amanda my model looked at her reflection into the dome port to position herself in the perfect position so she did not merge into the wall of the cave.

Boxer crab

Image 4 Boxer Crab - Sereya Beach, Bali, October 2007, Nikon D2x, 105mm Macro, Twin Inons. F22 @ 1/125

This crab is something I have wanted photograph for many years but have never had the opportunity until staying at Scuba Sereya Tulemben. We had to wait until evening as these little critters tend to get eaten during the day. The upward angle proved quit difficult with the enormous D2x, I made a small hollow in the black volcanic sand so I could get the base of my housing below the level.

Sea Lion

Image 5 Sea Lion portrait - Kangaroo Island, South Australia, November 2007.  Nikon D2x, 12-24 @16mm, Twin Inons. F11 @ 1/100

This cheeky monkey was playing to the camera. The fun of the seals takes your mind off the fact we were diving in Great White Shark feeding grounds whilst taking pictures of their food.

Weedy seadragon

Image 6 Weedy Sea dragon (male) carrying eggs - Sydney, November 2007, Nikon D2x, 12-24 @17mm, Twin Inons. F9 @ 1/30

Many thanks to Jayne Jenkins for guiding us to these wonderful creatures; I am still recovering from the swim. The Weedy Seadragons can be found all around the southern temperate waters of Australia but as you can see are extremely well camouflaged amongst the sea weed. I have only managed to ever find two off the Western Australian coast and was amazed when Jayne guided us what seemed like a kilometer off one of Sydney's main beaches straight to four. This particular dragon is carrying eggs and has apparently dragged its tail threw algae which then grows on the eggs to camouflage them from predators.

BSoUP Open Portfolio Competition

BSoUP's Open Portfolio Competition Winners 1984-

2017 Mark Drayton

2016 Taner Altigan

2015 Cathy Lewis

2014 Mark Drayton

2013 Jackie Campbell

2012 Mark Pickford

2011 Dray van Beeck

2010 Giordano Cipriani

2009 Trevor Rees

2008 JP Trenque

2007 Shannon Conway

2006 Steve Jones

2005 Jane Morgan

2004 Alex Mustard

2003 Charles Hood

2002 Linda Dunk

2001 Tony White

2000 Gary Clark

1999 Guy Middleton

1998 Hilary Driscoll

1997 Malcolm Hey

1996 Linda Dunk

1995 Linda Dunk

1994 Linda Dunk

1993 Linda Pitkin

1992 Charles Hood

1991 Georgette Douwma

1990 Mike Wong

1989 Mike Wong

1988 Mike Wong

1987 Georgette Douwma

1986 Georgette Douwma

1985 Warren Williams

1984 Georgette Douwma

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