6th place in Unterwasser Visions

My image of a clingfish with eggs was voted into sixth place by the jury in the Unterwasser Visions photo contest in October 2010.

My image of a Diplecogaster bimaculata clingfish claimed 6th place in Unterwasser Visions in October.

By Christian Skauge   Published: Nov 3, 2010

The theme for October was "My Home is my Castle", where the objective was to show marine life in their natural habitats.

The image shows a Diplecogaster bimaculata, and was shot at Rongesundet west of Bergen on the Norwegian west coast.

Spain - unbeatable?

Although the sixth place brings some points both for me personally and for the Norwegian team in the competition, the Spanish team still managed to pull another three points ahead in the overall standings.

The four Spanish photographers have accumulated a combined total of 276 points - 30 more than Team Norway which still holds second place.

With only one month to go, it looks like Spain will be impossible to catch.

Germany at our heels

The German team is not far behind us in third place, and it will be an exciting finish to the competition in a month's time.

We got beaten by the Germans as well this month, but it was really close at the top and they only had a two point advantage. The third place still keeps us in position for the silver medals, 28 points ahead of the Germans.

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

A super-sharp picture, which is turned into a top shot because of the babies. The lighting produces some enchanting colors, and the pose of the mother is simply elegant. Great!"

Actually, it's not the mother that is pictured - with these clingfish it's actually the father who looks after the eggs, which are deposited from several females inside a carefully chosen and cleaned shell.

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.

Please click below to see all the images from the Unterwasser Visions October contest, or to see more images of clingfish.


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