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January - Best of 2017 - Image must have been taken during 2017. Subject can be of anything underwater.
February - Schools or Groups of Animals - Examples could be a school of circling jacks, a cluster of lobsters, a group of feeding Manta Rays, or a gathering of Nudibranchs. Find an image with asmany in the frame.
March - Macro - Macro photography is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects and living organisms like insects, or in our case underwater critters, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size. By some definitions, a macro photograph is one in which the size of the subject on the negative or image sensor is life size or greater. However, in other uses it refers to a finished photograph of a subject at greater than life size.
April - Animal Behavior - Behavior under natural conditions, such as feeding, mating, schooling, or behavior that helps one another as in a symbiotic relationship.
May - Nudibranchs/Flat Worms - Sea slugs and Flat Worms, we find them in cold or warm water. They don't move very fast so it's easy to compose a shot in such a way to make it a winning image. Everyone should have nudibranchs in their portfolio.
June - Camouflage - Definition: concealment by some means that alters or obscures the appearance. Have you ev- er come upon an octopus or frog fish and almost â€œtrippedâ€ over it before finding it? How about a guide or dive buddy pointing something out but you just don't see it. That's what the June competition is all bout.
July - Wrecks/Artificial Reef/Man-made Structures - We all know what a wreck is, a sunken ship, car, or an airplane. An artificial reef is a human-made underwater structure, typically built to promote marine life in areas with a generally featureless bottom.
August - Seascapes - We're talking wide angle or wide angle close focus. You've recorded those beautiful coral reefs or kelp forests. Show us what you've got!
September - Ambient Light - means the light that is already present in a scene, be- fore any additional lighting is added. It usually refers to natural light, either outdoors or coming through windows, in our case coming from the surface of the water.
October - Silhouette - the dark shape and outline of someone or something visible against a lighter background, especially in dim light. You look up from below and you see the shape of a diver or whale shark without seeing all of it's features.
November - PhotoShopped - This is where you let your creative powers in PhotoShop run wild along with your imagination. You can add to your image, reposition items, or superimpose. Do it all with this months competition.