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UPY Up and coming - Highly Commended
'Back from the light chamber'
Running in the South West of France, Marchepied Spring is a small yet beautiful system where every turn provides new photographic opportunities. Valentin and I were the very first team to enter the cave on that summer day and I had many shooting plans in mind for just the first 300m of gallery. Going through the entrance restriction before the crowd, we were rewarded with two hours of crystal clear waters inside the winding canyons and cliffs. Coming back towards the exit turned out to be more difficult with the increasing number of divers. We came across friends, starting improvised shootings on the way, but when we arrived at the restriction we got stuck by divers not giving the right of way to exiting divers. Fortunately our dive plan considered this risk and we were able to wait until the passage was clear again.
Judge's comment: Up and Coming rewards those who show competence through confidence. This simple image is technically excellent and needs no more embellishment. - Petrer Rowlands
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