Third and 2x second at Visions

The Unterwasser Visions photo contest for March 2011 brought a third and two second places with one and the same image. How is that possible? Read on to find out!

SPACING ON THE CAKE: The jury found the opening in the bryozoans exiting, and voted the image into third place in Unterwasser Visions in March 2011.

By Christian Skauge   Published: Apr 5, 2011

The Visions contest runs every month from January until November each year, and the theme for March was "Underwater Graphics".

I entered a close-up image of Membranipora bryozoans which turned out to do exceptionally well, starting with a second place in the online competition.

I rarely do well in the online competition, very often because I enter my images close to the deadline and therefore get little online exposure.

This time however, I had no problem deciding on what image to enter and could do so early in the month leaving plenty of time for people to vote.

This resulted in a very welcome second place, only beaten by German photographer Volker Lonz and his beautiful image entitled "Red Sleep".

Voted third by the jury

In addition to the public online vote, a jury consisting of top photographers Eckhardt Krumpholz (D), Doug Perrine (USA), Lars Brinkmann (D), Eric Cheng (USA) and David Pilosof (IL) voted my image into third place in the individual competition.

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

The open space is the icing on the cake in this image. It breaks up the pattern and adds a touch of excitement. Respect."

Second in the team competition

The Visions contest also sport a team competition, and Team Norway of which I am a member claimed a strong second place, just beaten by a single point by the German team. Congratulations!

The good result individually propelled me into a 9th place overall in the individual standings, but was not enough to move Team Norway from the overall fifth place in the standings.

We did however reduce the distance to the teams ahead, and more good results in the months to come might take us higher up the list and maybe we can match last year's second place overall in the end.

Team Norway consists of Thorbjørn Rusnes, Lasse Iversen, team captain Lill Haugen and myself. Please click on their names to visit their respective homepages.

The Membranipora image was shot on the house reef of Gulen Dive Resort back in June 2007.

Please visit the Unterwasser website to see the winning images and read more about the competition - click below.

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Christian Skauge
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N-0660 Oslo, Norway


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