Double victory in Unterwasser Visions

My image of a plumose anemone (Metridium senile) went all the way to the top in Unterwasser Visions photo contest in april.

This anemone close-up won in Unterwasser Visions in april 2010 - my fourth victory in this competition.

By Christian Skauge   Published: May 1, 2010

At the same time, our Norwegian national team took home the team victory, beating Spain with two points.

The image was shot at Seglsteinen in Krakhelle-sundet on the Norwegian west coast, on a trip with Gulen Dive Resort.

The image even did well in the online public voting, and reached a 15th place overall with 55 points.

The victory propelled me into fourth place in the overall ranking in Unterwasser Visions so far this year, 11 points behind leader Arthur Telle of Spain.

In the team championship Norway now trails Spain with 25 points, the leaders having achieved 130 points all together.

Anemones

The theme for april was anemones, and Unterwasser wrote the following when making the results public (translated from german):

The jury was in complete agreement when judging the monthly theme of anemones. All of the jurors had Christian Skauge's image among their favourites. With simple means the Norwegian photographer has created a photo with breathtaking aestethics."

Please click the image to see the top images from the april competition:

This is what the jury wrote about my image in their comment (translated from german):

It takes a good photographer to turn such a simple subject into a real eyecatcher. The narrow crop and simple, strict composition guarantees a top ten placing. Together with the almost monochrome colors this draws the eye and makes you look for a long time."

The jury in Unterwasser Visions 2010 consists of Seapics founder Doug Perrine, photographer Eckard Krumpholz, World Press Award winner Christoph Gerigk, underwater photographer David Pilosof and editor-in.chief of Unterwasser, Dietmar Fuchs.

This was my fourth victory in Unterwasser Visions. Please click to read more about the Unterwasser Visions, or to see more images of anemones:

   



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