7th in Unterwasser Visions May 2007

The results of the May 2007 Unterwasser Visions photo contest has just been announced. My image of a cuddly seacow from Crystal River, Florida was awarded a 7th place.

Anyone registered at the Unterwasser website can enter the Visions competition, which runs from January until November every year.

Posted on Apr 22, 2007
As usual, the jury chose ten images to go to the final, from the almost 150 entries this month.

The theme was "Size Matters", and I thought a big, fat seacow would be perfect this time around.

Coddly seacows

Seacows, or manatees as they are known in Florida, are incredibly fascinating animals - and against all odds they are sociable, curious and like to cuddle.

As soon as you get in the water they come swimming to get scratched on their bellies!

This is what the jury wrote about my image (translated from German):

In spite of the shy and downward look this is truly a great shot. The animal stands out well against the background, and the colours are beautiful.

I photographed the manatees in Crystal River in Florida in November 2006. It was a great experience which resulted in lots of images - and a story that has run in Dykking magazine already.

» Interested in this story? Read more here!

I entered my image early this month, and had no idea seacows would be as popular as it turned out - five of the first eleven entries show either manatees or dugongs!

8th in the public vote as well

I was extra pleased my image was noticed in particular, not just by the jury - I also finished 8th in the public online vote.

The jury chooses the top 10 images independent of the public vote, so I feel I almost hit a double jackpot this month. The 10 finalists will be on print in an upcoming issue of Unterwasser magazine, probably in July.

» Click here to read more and see the other finalists

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