Big Shot | Philippines in Play 

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As you would expect, a lot of macro shots made the final cut in our Big Shot photo competition focusing on the Philippines. But this well-executed split shot of a green turtle grazing of the rocks along Apo Island shoreline was the firm favourite of our judges Douglas David Seifert, Steve Jones and Graeme Gourlay. They all agreed it delivered a vivid sense of place. 

The judges also decided to highly commend a further five images and included 13 others in their selection from the 260 entries. Wayne MacWilliams, of Jupiter, Florida, wins a week’s trip on the new Philippines Aggressor liveaboard, and the other finalists receive a digital subscription to DIVE.

One point that judges wanted to emphasise is that photographs of marine life in unnatural or bizarre settings will not be considered. ‘We were surprised that a number of obviously unnatural images were entered,’ said Douglas Seifert. ‘We want to see beautiful images of marine life doing what it does. We certainly don’t want to see images of crustaceans tossed high in the water column to make a striking shot.’

Our next Big Shot competition will be on a theme rather than a place. The best ‘Seascape’ image entered before 31 October 2020 will win a week-long trip aboard an Aggressor Adventures liveaboard.

Tag your best shots which capture a dramatic underwater vista with #DIVEsBigShotSeacape, post them on social media and then enter the competition on our website.



by Wayne MacWilliams, United States

Green turtle grazing along Apo Island shoreline, Dumaguete. 
Nikon D7000 in Nauticam housing, Sea&Sea D2 strobes 
Nikon 17-35mm lens at 17mm, f10, 1/160s, ISO 200



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by Jenny Stock, Australia

‘A gargantuan school of bigeye trevally whooshed past me in incredible numbers at high speed. What a rush!’ South Atoll, Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Palawan. Canon 5D Mark II, Sigma fisheye, Subal housing


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by Enrico Somogyi,

A pair of gobies protecting their eggs, Anilao. Olympus E-PL6 in 10Bar housing, Meyer Optik Görlitz Trioplan 50mm F2.9 manual lens, Archon V10 light with DIY snoot for the gobies and two green gel coloured Archon V10 lights for the background, f2.9, 1/320s, ISO 200


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by Jenny Stock

'Icons of the sea, clownfish are both colourful and graphic. Although it is a common subject I’m always happy to spend time with these characterful subjects.’ Puerto Galera, Calamian Islands. Canon 5D Mark IV in Nauticam housing, 100mm lens'


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by Enrico Somogyi

A mouth-brooding cardinalfish, Anilao. Sony RX100VI in a Fantasea housing, Backscatter Mini Flash with optical snoot and Retra flash with blue gel on DIY fibre optic snoot, f9, 1/1000s,
ISO 100


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by Enrico Somogyi

A goby perched on a feather star, Anilao. Sony RX100 VI and Fantasea housing, Backscatter Mini Flash with optical snoot and Retra flash with blue gel on DIY fibre optic snoot, f11, 1/500s, ISO 125





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