Category 9 – British Waters Wide Angle / British Underwater Photographer of the Year: Grant Thomas (UK) – Love Birds
“I have always been fascinated by over-under photography, connecting the everyday terrestrial world that we all know with the less familiar underwater secrets.
“I chose Loch Lomond as the location for this shot due to its idyllic scenery, water access and friendly swans. My initial idea was to frame a split-shot of one swan feeding below the surface of the water, but when I noticed how comfortable they were around me I was confident, with some patience, that I could get that magical shot of the two.
“It was mid-day, sun high in the sky.
I waded slowly into the shallow water, allowing the swans to become comfortable with my presence.
“When they began searching for food below the waterline I just had to wait for that perfect moment of synchronicity. ”
Taken with a Canon 5D MkIII, Tokina 10-17mm lens, Ikelite housing, two Inon Z240 strobes, ISO 125, f/14, 1/80th.
Martin Edge comments: ”The judging panel were impressed when we first viewed this image but, as you know, opinions can change. In this case the swans image got better and better over the days of judging. ”