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Open Portfolio Competition

December 2011

4th - Girts Kravalis

Girts Kravalis
4th © Girts Kravalis

My Portfolio


Girts Kravalis

I am 38 years old and I am from Latvia. I am PADI MSDT, but did my Instructor course only because wanted to prove for myself that I could finish it. I do not work in the diving industry. Diving and photography are my hobby. I took up photography in 2007. I have never attended a course on underwater photography. I just tried it whilst I travelled.

I would like to improve my photography, but the problem is diving in Latvia. We have several lakes and several rivers, but all of them have very bad visibility - maximum 3-4 metres and there is nothing much to see - only some grass and stones. The Baltic sea is near my country, where lots of wrecks are found, but the diving season is very short and everything depends on weather. Mostly we have strong winds which makes the visibility very, very bad. So I don't have many possibilities to practice.

I travel 3-4 times per year and that is the only opportunity I have to improve my skills at taking photos.

My portfolio images:

The red grouper was taken in Bali. The juvenile lionfish, turtle and squid were taken in Manado (Indonesia), the Diver with torch is taken in a cenote in Mexico, and the napoleon fish is taken in Red Sea (Egypt).

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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