The ocean is as beautiful because it’s scary. The 2018 Underwater Photography of the season (UPY) contest have actually just established its champions, and they’ve got completely captured the many treasures worldwide down below.
All photographs must be taken underwater (split-level photos had been permitted also, as long as part of the image was underwater). There had been additionally no limitations on post processing. Photographers from 63 countries submitted significantly more than 5,000 pictures to contend in the 11 categories along with the grand reward.
German photographer, Tobias Friedrich, had been the one who first got it. Tobias’ piece is known as ‘CYCLE-WAR’ and shows a panoramic view for the shipwrecked SS Thistlegorm, stocked with rows of 16H motorbikes loaded into Fordson WOT 3 trucks. Friedrich stated he find the area because he had been there a few years previous, but hadn’t caught the right shot. The next time around however proved to be challenging.
“It took my a complete diving to position the lights and the diver when you look at the history like I experienced it in your mind. From The second attempt the panoramic picture exercised besides.”
For underwater photography there is certainly more to a shoot than obtaining the right angle, the photographer elaborated.
“Often can’t plunge more than 60 minutes, and that means you should be quick for the pictures. As well, the thickness of water is 700 times more than air, so everything that is more than 5-10 yards away are going to be tough to see to to obtain light on.”
although it took true talent to seize the essence associated with the Thistlegorm, there is some editing miracle involved. Friedrich joined five to six images alongside the added use of
contrast, saturation and white stability. For on a clean appearance he eliminated any included particles or “backscatter.”
For competition judge Peter Rowlands it had been this creative composition that set Friedrich apart.
“Perfectly lit and composed, I predict that there wouldn’t be a significantly better shot of this subject from now on.”
no. 1 Uk Waters Lightweight Category: “Peek-A-Boo!” By Martin Edser, British
#2 Portrait Category Winner: “A Sand Tiger Shark In The Middle Of Tiny Bait Fish” By Tanya Houppermans, USA
# 3 Black & White Category: “Day Flight” By Filippo Borghi, Italy
no. 4 Ebony & White Category: “Hypnosis” By Wendy Timmermans, Netherlands
no. 5 British Underwater Photographer Of The Year. “Love Birds” By Give Thomas, British
no. 6 Macro Category: “Pretty Lady” By Tianhong Wang, China
# 7 Wide-angle Category: “Blacktip Rendezvous” By Renee Capozzola, USA
#8 Wide Angle Category Winner: “Humpback Whale Spy Hopping” By Greg Lecoeur, France
#9 Macro Category Winner: “Seahorse Density” By Shane Gross, Canada
#10 Black & White Category Winner: “Crocodile Reflections” By Borut Furlan, Slovenia