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UPY 2017 British Waters Compact - Winner
'Scottish Fireworks Anemone' - Simon Yates
This was taken on my second shore diving trip to Scotland at Loch Duich near Inverinate. I had seen images of fireworks anemones (Pachycerianthus multiplicatus) taken by other photographers previously and wanted to find and photograph them myself. Previous dives were a little frustrating as I hadn't quite realised that these are found in quite deep and dark water, with the best subjects being at 25m or more. This together with a very soft silty bottom presented quite a challenge to get a well lit image. I am particularly pleased with the "glow" at the centre on the subject. Since this trip, Scottish shore diving is now an annual event for my wife and myself, with more places on the the list to visit and dive than time allows!
Judge's comment: Peter Rowlands: This image leapt out at us as the winner right from the start. This can sometimes be a false start as the appeal can fade with repeat viewing but this one just got better and better with all of us. Well lit and beautiful symmetrical composition. A great champion for compact photography in the UK.
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