Scilly images win photography awards

February 27, 2019

Two photos taken in the waters around the Isles of Scilly have won prizes in the prestigious Underwater Photographer of the Year Awards.

 

Malcolm Nimmo from Plymouth was named Most Promising Underwater Photographer for his photo of a marine jellyfish titled 'Marine Compass'.

 

 

He said: "This photograph was taken whilst snorkelling in the Isles of Scilly in only a few metres of water, shooting directly upwards to capture the surface features and a partial Snell’s windows. Hopefully this image highlights the beautiful marine environments we are lucky to have around the UK."

 

The competition had 13 categories, including Macro, Wide Angle, Behaviour and Wrecks, as well as four categories for photos taken in British waters.

 

A second photo taken around Scilly won the British Waters Wide Angle category.

 

Robert Bailey's image shows a scuba diver approaching a cluster of colourful jewel anemones.

 

 

He said: "Our dive group was on a private charter with Dive Scilly late last summer. The skipper dropped us on this lovely wall festooned with invertebrate life. I was keen to capture a good wide angle scenic featuring jewel anemones and a diver.

 

"When diving in the UK I've found the visibility is rarely good enough for making contrasty wide angle pictures, let alone including a model. On this occasion the offshore site afforded us with clear water. I took advantage of the opportunity, and encouraged my wife and model Paula to work her way into the frame. I took 20 shots in a series on this portion of the wall before settling on this image."

 

 

See more winning images from the competition at its website. 

 

All photographs copyright Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019.

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