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BSoUP Open Portfolio Competition 2007

For the DIVE Magazine Trophy

Sixth - Michael Gallagher

Micahel Gallagher - Sixth Open Portfolio 2007

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2nd - Alex Mustard
3rd - Jane Morgan
4th - Alan James
6th - Michael Gallagher

My portfolio

by Michael Gallagher

Michael Gallagher I am 34 years old, and have been an avid diver for half that time (since the age of 17) and a divemaster since 2000. I was born and bred in Australia, where I've done most of my diving, but moved to London 7 years ago to work as a lawyer for an investment bank in the City. I have dabbled in underwater photography from time to time, but never with any real consistency until purchasing a digital SLR with an Ikelite underwater system at the end of 2005. I have never had any photographic tuition or taken any courses, so have learnt just by trial and error (particularly the latter!). Special mention should go to my wife Jessamy though, for her buddying, modelling, encouragement and shrewd critiquing.
A bit about my portfolio - all photos were taken with a Canon 20D with 60mm macro lens in an Ikelite housing with a single DS-125 substrobe. Three were taken on my first trip with this rig to the Great Barrier Reef in December 2005, and the other three were taken on my last trip to the Maldives in July this year. I suspect it goes without saying, but my aim with this portfolio was to present, in the strongest and simplest way I could, the spectacular kaleidoscope of colours and patterns of the reef fish which have so enthralled me since I was a teenager.

Parrot Fish Image 1 - Parrotfish in the Maldives, July 2007. 1/100 at f16.
Big Eye Image 2 - Big Eye on the Great Barrier Reef, December 2005. 1/80 at f11.
This is one of my favourite shots. I could tell this guy was curious about
me but wary at the same time. While I pretended to look the other way he
came closer and closer. Sometimes when I look at this photo I fancy I can
see the look of surprise in his face when I turned suddenly to snap this
Midnight snapper Image 3 - Midnight Snapper on the Great Barrier Reef, December 2005. 1/80
at f8.
Clown Triggerfish Image 4 - Clown Triggerfish in the Maldives, July 2007. 1/100 at f13.
Yellow boxfish Image 5 - Yellow Boxfish on the Great Barrier Reef, December 2005. 1/100 at
Oriental sweetlips Image 6 - Oriental Sweetlip in the Maldives, July 2007. 1/100 at f11.

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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