Alfred Minnaar Scoops Top Prizes in International Photography Awards 

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MY THRONE:  A green turtle resting on its favourite sponge in Gili Air

 

Regular DIVE contributor Alfred Minnaar has won the International Photography Awards 2021 Underwater category with a stunning black and white portfolio of images taken in Indonesia. He also won the Gold medal in the Prix de la Photographie Paris 2021 in the Nature/Underwater category with an extended version of the same portfolio.

South African Alfie, who is based in Gili Trawangan, took the images in his recent travels around Indonesia. He decided to use black and white, he said, as it is a medium not often used in underwater photography. He added: 'It brings to life the character of the individual subjects in a unique way.

Talking about winning both prizes, Alfie said: 'I am truly blown away by the recognition from both the International Photography  Awards and the Paris one. To be honoured by both groups of judges that are each leading photographers in their fields is something really special for me. This is a recognition I don't take for granted and appreciate immensely.'

In recent years Alfie has contributed a series of articles and photo specials for DIVE not only from his home in Indonesia but from Lake Baikal in Siberia, Pakistan and Taiwan.

Alfie started his diving career in 2011 and turned professional in 2013 working as a divemaster then dive instructor.  It was not till mid-2015 that he became a full-time underwater photographer with a special love for portraits.  He has been living in Indonesia for the past seven years based on Gili Trawangan where he dives out of @mantadivegilit.

 

The International Photography Awards portfolio

 CHANCE MEETING

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North Sumbawa Indonesia, Two adult whale sharks are passing over each other as they circle an Indonesian krill fishing vessel hoping to steal some of their catch

OCTOPUS POWER

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A coconut octopus, Seahorse Bay, Lombok, that Alfie spent two tanks on during a night dive

I SPY

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A false clownfish hiding in its sea anemone, Gili Meno 

THE TITAN

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A large titan triggerfish feasting on coral, Komodo 

SUN RAY

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 A blacktip reef shark swoops by close to the surface in Raja Ampat so that you can see the sun-rays just touching it

A SPACE STORY

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 A freshwater jellyfish in a lake on Derawan Island, East Kalimantan

 

Plus the extra photographs in the Paris portfolio

 IT'S THE SMALL THINGS

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A whip coral goby, Raja Ampat

THE HUNT

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Three blacktip reef sharks hunt, moving in perfect sync with each other in Raja Ampat

RAGING BULL

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A cowfish posing in Seahorse Bay, West Lombok

Social Distancing

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 A huge huddle of sweetlips at 35 metres in Raja Ampat

 

 

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