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UPY 2019 Up & Coming - Highly Commended
'Looking into the Light' - Adam Beard
This has to be one of my top dive sites world wide. Leru Cut is such a dynamic and photographically challenging dive site due to the ever changing lighting. The Cut itself is 12m deep and 100m into the island of Leru and is allegedly the entrance to a 1km unexplored cave system. I have dived it several times and will continue to dive it to find new angles and ideas as not only the light depends on time of day but also time of year. On this dive, due to such low light, I used a tripod and timer to steady the shot. This shot worked well here but everyday is a school day and with a stunning site like this it's impossible not to return.
Judge's comment: A classic image in a classic location creates a stunning scene. The challenge here is in the details: managing the exposure to capture the beauty of the beams and the details of the diver's silhouette in a low light situation. Excellent work.
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