UPY 2017 British Waters Compact - Highly Commended

Paula Bailey

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UPY 2017 British Waters Compact - Highly Commended
'Lobster' - Paula Bailey

We dive St Abbs every year. It is hard to beat the diving out there as there is so much to see and if you are lucky, good visibility. Lobsters are easy to find and they are a great subject for a compact as they are often fairly stationary allowing the camera time to find a sharp focus, and the fact they are often in a crack means a compact can be an advantage over a bulkier SLR. They are also an ideal size for a compact using the built-in flash, I can get close enough to light them well. When I am struggling for a good subject on a dive I often seek out a lobster. I love their character, especially when they rush you!

Judge's comment: Alex Mustard: A quality portrait of one of the UK diving's quality subject. Claws, colour, eye contact, job done.

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