Our first Lembeh Shootout in association with Underwater.kr has just finished, and it was a blast.
We made our rules very strict, specifically in relation to trying to limit our environmental impact, as one contestant put it… ‘It was refreshing to shoot with the discipline we sometimes forget.’
We laid out the categories in the following way:
- Compact Camera
Then we had additional prizes for the following:
- Environmentally Friendly Diver
- Best Of Show
We did not want to promote the misuse of pointing sticks, or having animals in an unnatural environment, so the guides would not move critters to unusual, more favourable positions – and the judges and the guides were also checking to see if the critter was in the same condition when a diver finished shooting as when he started. We’re pretty sure this is unique and it did make it very cool. For the judging, we based our criteria on the usual areas of image quality, composition, technique and subject, and we also considered the amount of tweaking the image had been subjected to. This may explain why the order of images may seem odd if you have not seen the raw files.
So, here we go with the results:
Winner: Balqesh Abdullah
Winner: Christine Foo
Best of Show
Winners: Patrick Rebai & Christian Jansen (Joint Winners).
A special thanks to all of the sponsors, the new friends we made and the old friends we saw again.