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Photo Contest Winners and Losers

and a scandal erupts

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The winning super-macro shot

Underwater photography used to be more difficult. A previous doyen of underwater photography, BBC Blue Planet filmmaker Peter Scoones (recently departed), once said that if you could reliably take a picture on film in focus, properly exposed, and well lit, you had a good chance of winning any underwater photography competition. Former UNEXSO (Bahamas) dive guide Kurt Amsler knew how to do that, and he dominated every contest -- until he decided to stop entering and let some newcomers have a go.

The Internet is now awash with wonderful underwater photographs.

Of course, digital photography has changed all that. Now, any diver can buy a digital camera, wide-angle or macro lens, and strobes and reliably get results. If RAW files are shot in camera, nearly every adjustment, other than focus, can be made later on your laptop, using the right software. In fact, it has become so easy, the Internet is now awash with wonderful underwater photographs. Because many are of the same subject, they often look very similar....

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