1How did you get started in underwater photography?

Underwater Photographer of the Week Paul Pettitt

2Tell us about your image which was a runner-up in the British Waters Macro category of the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019.

Underwater Photographer of the Week Paul Pettitt
Paul’s image of a sea hare was recognised as a runner-up in the British Waters Macro category of the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019.

This picture of a sea hare was taken just before the major restoration works commenced on Swanage Pier. The subject was crawling along a broken pier leg, and was perfectly positioned for me to take a picture. These creatures are often mistaken for nudibranchs, but are a different group of sea slugs. The colour of the sea hare tends to adhere closely to the colour of the weed on which it feeds. It’s my quest to promote the beautiful sea life we have here in the UK.

3What came first – diving or photography?

Underwater Photographer of the Week Paul Pettitt

4What’s in your underwater photography kitbag?

Underwater Photographer of the Week Paul Pettitt

5Favourite location for diving and underwater photography?

Underwater Photographer of the Week Paul Pettitt

6Most challenging dive?

Underwater Photographer of the Week Paul Pettitt

7Who are your diving inspirations?

Underwater Photographer of the Week Paul Pettitt

8Which underwater locations or species are still on your photography wish list and why?

Underwater Photographer of the Week Paul Pettitt

9What advice do you wish you’d had as a novice underwater photographer?

Underwater Photographer of the Week Paul Pettitt

10Hairiest moment when shooting underwater?

Underwater Photographer of the Week Paul Pettitt

11What is your most memorable dive and why?

Underwater Photographer of the Week Paul Pettitt

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