2016 Underwater Photographer of the Year Winners

Some amazing photographs here of underwater scenes, including this one of the trout and duck, which reminded me of our wonderful LLLA logo.

British Waters Compact
WINNER: ‘Hello Ducky!’ by Paul Colley (UK)

Whilst trying to photograph trout during a year-long river project with a home-made pole-cam, a raft of Mallard ducks muscled in to steal food intended to entice trout to the camera. This initial nuisance became an interesting opportunity and, shooting blind with the camera on the pole, I managed to catch the trout below water with a duck swimming overhead. Snell’s window was an important pre-determined part of the composition. This needed a low viewpoint, an upward camera angle and a metric tonne of patience to allow all the elements to come together and make the picture work.

Alex Mustard: River fish are notoriously shy and difficult to photograph, which makes Paul’s image all the more remarkable. Not only is it a handsome photograph of a brown trout, the perfectly framed female mallard is exceptional secondary subject. This compact camera picture took dogged determination, a custom built pole-cam and outstanding photographic vision to conceive such original images.
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Mark Smith

Grew up in Petoskey, so perhaps one of the few people in Leland who headed south to end up “Up North”. Graduated from U of M. Taught in Scotland for 10 years, came back to Leland in 1989 and taught English for 25 years at Leland Public School. Still teach part time for NMC. My lovely wife is named Marjory – three grown kids (two living locally) and three grandkids. We live on N. Lake Leelanau with access to both lakes Michigan and Leelanau Life is good!