The winners of 2018 Through Your Lens photo contest are….

17. August 2018

From a conceptual portrait of an octopus to a colorful underwater cave, the 14th annual Through Your Lens reader photo contest brought in the best of the best in underwater photography from around the globe

Choosen from more than 2100 entries

The annual Through Your Lens photo contest gives Scuba Diving’s readers a platform to showcase their best underwater photography in four categories: wide-angle, conceptual, macro and compact camera. In its 14th year, the contest drew more than 2,100 jaw-dropping entries from all corners of the world. The winning images were chosen for their beauty and creativity, and further for their ability to impact and inspire. They capture not just stunning scenes, but also intimate moments — a mother clingfish staring into the eyes of her offspring, a diver entering a cave in Mexico, an octopus seeking shelter — that shed light on the intricacies of our final frontier: the underwater world.

And this is a selection of some winners (From top to bottom):

Grand Prize Winner: Rodney Bursiel, Tonga. Behind the Shot: After spending an entire day searching for whales, our boat was gifted with a magical encounter with a curious and interactive mother and calf. As the mother hovered at 30 feet, her inquisitive calf would make its way to the surface to breathe, coming in close to inspect each of us. Some of my favorite photos of marine life are shot from behind; here I attempted to create a unique perspective by flipping the image upside down so the whale appears to be floating just above the surface in full breach. Storytelling isn’t always about the reality of what was seen — I hope the image shares with others my take on the mystical world I find myself in each time I dip below the surface.

2nd Place, Macro: Christian Bachmann. Behind the Shot: The area around Bunaken Island, off North Sulawesi, Indonesia, is famous for its spectacular wall dives. It was at the end of one of these dives, on a deco stop, that I discovered this maroon clownfish. With its fins fluttering at a rapid pace, ­initially it was difficult for me to get my camera to focus, especially on the fine details. With patience and a little luck, I was able to get this shot, showing its distinctive gleaming white bar, and giving the impression that the fish is actually flying.

1st Place, Compact Camera: Jamie Hall. Behind the Shot: At a dive site called South Lagoon, I noticed a rock-and-coral formation in a sandy area. As I peered into a hole in the middle, I saw one of the largest and most ­curious giant moray eels (Gymnothorax javanicus) I had ever come across. I moved in cautiously; as I did, the moray stared straight into my lens, not breaking contact for a moment. I was anxious not to stress the animal, so I took time to slowly draw closer. I clicked a few shots as the eel continued to stare and was over the moon when I viewed the image.

1st Place, Macro: Cai Songda. Behind the Shot: This shot reminds me how a ­seemingly boring night dive became one of my most memorable ones. Ascending from nearly 100 feet with nothing to show, I was doing my safety stop when I spotted this ­blanket octopus. At the time, it amazed me that all the necessary elements for a wonderful shot seemed to come together: Colors were vibrant, the reflections alluring, and the octopus very cooperative, as if striking a pose.

3rd Place, Compact Camera: Ferenc Lőrincz. Behind the Shot: This grouper was waiting with its mouth open for the cleaner fish at a ­cleaning station. I lit the fish from both sides with my flashes, allowing only a little bit of light in the back to create a black background.



Images: Courtesy of Scuba Diving. Thank you

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