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Amusing Monday: Inspiration from underwater photos

More than 5,000 underwater photographs, taken by photographers from 65 countries, were submitted for judging in the annual Underwater Photographer of the Year competition.

“Gentle Giants” ©François Baelen/UPY2019

The contest, based in Great Britain, was started in 1965 and celebrates the art and technology of capturing images under water — from the depths of the ocean to “split shots” at the surface, from open waters to enclosed estuaries, from lakes to even swimming pools.

I first reported on this contest in Watching Our Water Ways last year and received such a positive response from readers that I decided to make it an annual feature of this blog. The 125 winning entries are shown in an online Gallery of the 2019 winners. A series of videos provides insight from the photographers telling the stories that surround their winning entries.

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Amusing Monday: Underwater photos show mysteries of the deep

Underwater photographers are a unique breed of picture-takers. They venture into the mysterious depths of the ocean to discover interesting and unusual things and then capture an image for the rest of us to see.

Each year, thanks to the international Underwater Photographer of the Year contest, we can all share in many adventures by viewing more than 100 artful images of watery environments. All of the amazing winners and acclaimed finalists, along with comments from the photographers and judges, can be seen in the annual yearbook (PDF 27 mb). In this blog post, I’ll show you four of my favorite pictures. (You can click to enlarge.)

“Your Home and My Home” // Photo: ©Qing Lin/UPY 2017

This stunning photo of clownfish, taken by Canadian Qing Lin while diving in Indonesia, is titled “Your Home and My Home.” It shows three clownfish, each with a parasitic isopod in its mouth. Meanwhile, as many people know, clownfish themselves live in a symbiotic relationship with the sea anemone. The fish protect the anemone from small fish that would eat them, while the anemone’s stinging tentacles protect the clownfish from larger predators.

“One of my favorite fish to photograph is the clown,” wrote Martin Edge, one of the judges in the competition. “Now, I’ve seen many individual clowns with this parasite, but never have I seen a parasite in each of three. Add to this behavior a colorful anemone lined up across the image. Six eyes all in pin-sharp focus, looking into the lens of the author. Talk about ‘Peak of the Action’ This was one of my favorite shots from the entire competition.”

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Amusing Monday: Artists create ‘water bodies’

They say the human body is made up mostly of water. A few clever artists from throughout the world have taken the idea a step further by imagining what the body would be like if it were made up entirely of water.

It brings a new meaning to the old saying, “I can see right through you.”

One of the best examples I found of these water bodies comes from Beach Park in Brazil, the largest water park in Latin America. A print ad campaign by Verve Communications features three pictures of water people in their bathing suits. Click on the pictures above to enlarge them.

As interpreted from Portuguese, the ad slogans can be read to say:

“You’re 70% made of water. And some swim suit.”

“You can’t wash your soul without getting wet.”

“Have you ever noticed that the sound of running water is good therapy.”

So maybe these slogans work better for a Brazilian audience, but still you have to like the pictures.

Other interesting images can be found on instructional websites that explain how to turn people into water figures. In “Designer Today,” Beatriz Mariniello shows how to combine images of a woman jumping with splashing water to create a unique water woman.

I’m surprised at the number of tutorials showing how to create water people, both men and women. Frankly, many of them are not that good. But I did like the image produced by Jennifer Cirpici in “Digital Arts.”

On a somewhat different theme, photographer Sarah Lee often focuses on human figures in her inspirational underwater photos. Some of her photos are featured in an article by “Megadeluxe,” which includes an interview in which Sarah Lee describes her passion for underwater photography. See also wallclipper.com/tagged/sarahlee for more of her photos or visit Sarah Lee’s own web page showing her underwater work.