Second Place, British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) - Focus on Wrecks competition. May 2017
Judged by Peter Ladell
"Perhaps not the most picturesque wrecks, but shown in its entirety with Explorers. May be an even better image, if taken 30 secs or so later, to allow 2nd Diver more into the image would have helped?"
This is the wreck of a sailing yacht called Bakanal. It sank close to shore off Bonaire during Hurricane Lenny (1999), after it lost its mooring. The wreck itself rests on a barren, rubble-strewn patch of reef, where once had been vast gardens of Staghorn and Elkhorn coral. So it was nice to see that sponges and encrusting corals had started to take hold. There was just enough fish life to make it an interesting dive as the yacht itself is quite small and in no time at all, you've been around it four or five times. The visibility was excellent and with the sun on the up I decided the best way to photograph it was a mid-water hover, shooting the helm end using ambient light.
Silver on the ceiling!
CANON EOS 550D. Sigma 15mm fisheye. ISO200. 1/80secs. f9.
Photographer: Laura Storm