Highly Honoured in Windland Smith Rice Awards

I have been chosen as a Highly Honored Photographer in the 2010 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards.

Being chosen as a Highly Honoured Photographer by Nature's best Photography Magazine certainly is a great honour.

Selected from over 20.000 images, the jury has chosen the Highly Honoured Photos which will be on print in the Fall/Winter Awards Special Edition of the renowned Nature's Best magazine.

Approximately 500 photos made it into the semi-final round of judging and about 150 images will be published in the Fall/Winter issue.

A selection of Highly Honored images will be chosen to be displayed along with the Category Winners at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. from the end of April through September of 2011.

If my image makes it to the Smithsonian and you happen to be in D.C. while the exhibition is on, I would very much appreciate a picture showing my image on display!

The image shows a pelagic sea slug known as Clione limacina, or Sea Angel, and was shot outside Kristiansand on the southern coast of Norway last spring, on a trip with dive operator Nortech Diving.

After struggeling for a whole dive to try to become plankton and drift alongside one of the seaslugs, I finally managed to get it sharp AND correctly framed at the same time.

I used a Nikon D200 in a Nexus housing, with a 60mm lens (1/80 sec at ƒ/13, ISO 100) and twin Inon Z-240 strobes.

Here is the caption that will be on print in the magazine:

“The exquisite, less than one-inch-long sea slug Clione limacina, also known as the ‘sea angel,’ is typically found pelagically below the cold surface water in winter and spring. Using a 60mm macro lens made it easier to find the slug in the viewfinder, and also reduced the amount of water between the lens and subject, minimizing the backscatter caused by plankton and particles.”

It is a great honour to be chosen among so many photographers and presumably fentastic images. I can't wait to see the winners!

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Christian Skauge
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N-0660 Oslo, Norway


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