Photo Rally 2016 … and the winners are ….

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Our Photo Rally 2016 was a great success, with excellent visibility, super weather and most importantly great fun! Underwater photographers competed in 3 categories, namely Macro, Wide angle and Compact Camera. This was strictly an amatuer competition with the emphasis on fun and improving skills. Competitors snapped images of the stunning flora and fauna on boat dives and shore dives here at Scubadive West in Connemara.

WINNERS

Macro Photography Category.

1st Prize.

Sea Grass Critter by Ronan Murray

Sea Grass Critter by Ronan Murray

Well done Ronan for capturing this stunning image of a Stalked jellyfish  (Stauromedusae) on a blade of sea grass. Photo taken while shore diving on our sea grass beds, (a treasure trove of miniature species!) Ronan rotated the photograph for dramatic effect. We think it looks like fireworks going off!

 

Ronan Murray accepting his prize from Breffni Gray, director of Scubadive West

Ronan Murray accepting his prize voucher from Breffni Gray, director of Scubadive West

Ronan wins the €150 Voucher for O’Three equipment at Scubadive West.

 

Macro Photography Category.

2nd Prize.

08Macro Category 2nd Place, Nudi Julia T by Ray Yeates

Macro Category 2nd Place, Nudi Julia T by Ray Yeates

Ray took this great photo of a Nudibranch while diving on the Julia T wreck with us on Saturday. He competed on Friday and Saturday, but had to Jet away to work for Sunday, so his prize will be winging it’s way to him this week.

Ray diving

Ray preparing to dive the Julia T

Well done Ray, winning the delicious prize of Dinner for Two at the new White Strand Restaurant (at Maol Reidh Hotel )…and… B&B for two at the luxurious Maol Reidh Hotel! Thanks to Robbie and Aoife,- White Strand Restaurant, and thanks to Jack and Monica – Maol Reidh Hotel for these fantastic prizes! The perfect apres dive experience!

(Remember every one else you can self gift anytime)

Macro Photography Category.

3rd Prize.

07Macro Category 3rd Place, Unnamed by Nicky Jackson

Unnamed by Nicky Jackson

Congratulations to Nicky on catching this extreme close up of a Ballan Wrasse.

Nicky J

Nicky J

Nicky wins the super accurate SUUNTO SK8 wrist compass complete with bunji mount. Thanks to SUUNTO Diving UK for this great prize.

SUUNTO SK8 Bunji

SUUNTO SK8 Bunji

 

 

Wide Angle Photography Category.

1st Prize.

pEEKABOOby-Sarah-Tallon.jpg

Peekaboo by-Sarah-Tallon.

Congratulations to Sarah Tallon on this well lit and well composed photograph of an edible crab looking out from under a large ‘Boring Sponge’. The contrast between the yellow sponge and the background gives great depth of field.

Sarah wins a set of toasty warm O’Three PPB+ thermals at Scubadive West. Perfect for those long exposures!

 

 

 

 

Wide Angle Photography Category.

2nd Prize.

 

05Wide Angle Category 2nd Place, Bird Rock by Dan Mc Auley

Bird Rock by Dan Mc Auley

Well done Dan McAuley! A great shot of one of the large overhangs at Bird Rock – a favourite dive site for photographers. A Sea Urchin in the foreground and a diver well framed in the background. Dan wins Dinner for two at Paddy Coyne’s Bar and Restaurant, Tully Cross.

 

 

Wide Angle Photography Category.

3rd Prize

04Wide Angle Category 3rd Place, Kelp Life Doonee by Sarah Tallon

Kelp Life – Doonee Beacon, by Sarah Tallon

Well done Sarah on capturing this beautiful gully at Doonee Beacon.  Sarah wins the €50 Voucher for MUVI equipment at Scubadive West, thanks to Tony at Extreme Xperts for sponsoring this prize.

 

Compact Camera Category

1st PRIZE

03Compact Category Winner, Unnamed by Mariusz Tyburski

Compact Category Winner, Unnamed by Mariusz Tyburski

Congratulations Mariusz Tyburski on snapping a shot of this Parchment Worm – before it retracted into is tube.

Mariusz wins the super bright Orca Torch D510 Dive light at Scubadive West, thanks to Tony at Extreme Xperts for sponsoring this prize.

D510 Dive Light

D510 Dive Light from Extreme Xperts.

 

 

Compact Camera Category

2nd Prize

02Compact Category 2nd Place, Vertigo Blue by Lisa Moran

Compact Category 2nd Place, Vertigo Blue by Lisa Moran

 

Well done Lisa Moran on capturing the clear water and colourful kelp reef  — while freediving- !

Lisa competed in snorkelling equipment, sans scuba, and snapped some great shots.

Lisa wins Dinner for two at Baywatch Guesthouse, Tully Cross.

 

 

Compact Camera Category

3rd Prize.

You Little Urchin!

You Little Urchin!

Well done to Mark Flahery our youngest competitor (at just 12 years old!) – on snapping this colourful Sea Urchin. while shore diving here on Saturday. Mark wins the SUUNTO Rucksack full of goodies. He will be too cool for school with this branded rucksack, hoodie buff and lots of other treats inside!

 

MARK Flaherty MARLIN

Mark completed his PADI Junior Advanced Course with us back in December 2015

Thank you all for competing!

We had super diving conditions for the Photo Rally and the great weather continues, with High Pressure, Blue Skies and air temperatures of 17 Degrees Celcuis – not bad for April.

If you missed the Photo Rally this time, don’t despair we have diving here all Summer long!

Book now   info@scubadivewest.com

Our next event is the SUUNTO Equipment Test Weekend, 21st & 22nd May 2016

Call 095 43922 or email info@scubadivewest.com to book in.

 

 

Join us for our Annual Photo Rally.

2017 dates below

Scubadive West Photo Rally,  12th to 15th May 2017.

 

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