Fifth place at Wetpixel #359

Last week the theme of the Wetpixel Picture of the Week competition was "Natural Light", and my kelp forest image was voted into fifth place.


Natural light in the kelp forest. Diving here is a truly marvellous experience, and offers countless photographic opportunities - both wide angle and macro.

By Christian Skauge   Published: Dec 6, 2010

The image was shot at the island of Runde, famous not only for the Akerendam wreck from 1725, but also for the incredible kelp forest and stunning underwater scenery.

In competition with some stunning natural light images from around the world, I am very pleased with fifth spot.

I am also pleased to see that divers and underwater photographers around the world find the kelp forest just as interesting as coral reefs, caves or wrecks.

Rainforest of the Sea

The image was shot on a trip with Ansimax Adventure, whose rental cabins proved to be a great starting point for reaching all of the great divesites in the Runde area.

The kelp forest along the Norwegian coast is one of the most diverse and species-rich ecosystems in the world, and is often dubbed "the rainforest of the sea".

One square meter of kelp forest may be home to as many as 100.000 invertebrate animals from more than 200 species, and offer unequalled diving opportunities.

A total of 53 pictures competed this week, and here are the top three images:

Please click below to read more about Wetpixel's weekly photo competition, how to enter - and see all the participating images.

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