The recent Pure Grenada Dive Fest event, which showcased the reef and wreck diving – not to mention the marine life – that Grenada and Carriacou are famed for, also included an underwater photography competition.
Scuba Diver Editor in Chief Mark Evans sat on the judging panel together with Lexan Medford-Fletcher from Budget Marine and Ria Murray from the Grenada Tourism Authority, and there were four categories – Best Reef Photo, Best Wreck Photo, Best Macro Photo and Best Photograph Taken by a Pro Photographer/Pro Diver.
The competition was sponsored by Grenada Tourism Authority, Budget Marine, Scuba Diver magazine, Reef to Ridge, Tropical Seas/Scuba Radio, and Sea Safe Sun Care.
Running alongside this underwater photography competition was a social media drive which gave members of the public the opportunity to vote for their favourite photograph taken during Dive Fest. Camille Kaufman’s winning image of the arrow crab – which also took first place in the Macro Category – was the chosen shot, and she got a two-night stay at a luxurious Sandals Resort of her choice.

Best Reef Photo

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All three judges were blown away by the rich colours in the sleepy parrotfish dozing on the reef, taken by Dawn Seddon, and this earned her first place.
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Kelly Udelsman’s image of a trumpetfish and sergeant majors around a point of coral nabbed her second place.

Best Wreck photo

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Kelly Udelsman went one better in this category, and her shot of a green moray nestled in the Veronica L wreck got her the first place spot.
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Debbie Blake took second place for her black-and-white ‘through the porthole’ image of divers on a wreck.

Best Macro Photo

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Camille Kaufman took first place with her colourful shot of an arrow crab tucked inside a purple vase sponge.
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Dawn Seddon was in second place in this category, with a great shot of a frogfish, complete with a little crab in the foreground. This was the closest category and there was not much separating the two.

Best Photograph Taken By A Pro Photographer or Pro Diver

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Keen photographer Diane Martino from Lumbadive Dive Centre on Carriacou won first place with her atmospheric shot of a barracuda, while Keone Drew from Eco Dive on Grenada got second place with his black-and-white shot of the Veronica L shipwreck.
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