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2015 Randy Glenn Memorial Video & Photo Contest

posted Oct 23, 2015, 8:47 AM by Ed Gullekson

Well, as they say in the movie industry, this is in the can. Tonight your Sea Horse Dive Club held the annual photo contest. We had about 20 people show up for the event and about 6 or 7 enter photos & videos.  Before I get to the results, I want to give a big thank you to our sponsors this year. We had prizes donated by the following shops: Evergreen Dive Service in Everett, Lighthouse Diving in Lynnwood, Bellevue Divers in Bellevue, TL Sea in Kent and Underwater Sports in Seattle. These are the people who support us with the prizes we give away at our events so let’s make sure we support them with our dive purchases. And when you do go in, make sure you tell them who you are, what club you belong to and then give them a major league thank you for graciously supporting us.

                Okay, the moment you have all been waiting for (Can you hear the drum roll in your head?). Following are the categories and who won them. When I get digital copies of the prints, I will post them on our face book page.

1)      Video – This category has been a two horse race for most of the last few years and this year was no exception. The winning video, a spoof on  the old 70’s TV show Wild Kingdom, was submitted by Randy Pedersen and just barely beat out his rival, Ed Gullekson (Ed, I told you this was how it was going to be – Remember that for next year J).

2)      Above Water Dive Related – This was a pretty full category this year with lots of very good entries. The winning photo was a wind- swept tree over the water with a beautiful sunset in the background. It was taken on the Oregon Coast by Sandy Gullekson (Get used to seeing that Gullekson name as this duo did quite well tonight

3)      Cold Water Macro – This Category had a tie for the winner. The first photo was a picture of some Giant pacific Octopus eggs with a small portion of “Olga” the Octo in the foreground. The second picture that also tied in this category was a beautiful shot of a grunt Sculpin. Both shots were by ace photographer, Ed Gullekson. Well done Ed!

4)      Cold Water Wide Angle – This was a photo of a diver mid water and again was an exceptional shot. And once again, was shot by Ed Gullekson.

5)      Warm Water Macro – This was a face shot of a cow fish from Bonaire. The tropical colors fish and the background made for excellent balance in this fantastic shot. It was shot by Pieter Booth, another one of your clubs top notch photographers

6)      Warm Water Wide Angle – This was a reef scene from Florida. Every inch of the photo had eye candy in it for us divers. Once again, it was shot by Pieter Booth.

7)      Novice – There were no entries for this category. What’s up with that?

8)      Sea Stars Only – For the last couple years I have been including a rotating category. Two years ago it was turtles, last year ratfish and this year it was Sea Stars. Part of the reason I choose sea stars was because of the wasting disease which has decimated so much of the sea star population. This category had a lot of beautiful shots in it. So many that we couldn’t pick just one. We had another tie here and once again Ed tied with himself in this category. He had two beautiful sea star shots on single sea starts.

Finally, deservedly so, the best of show went to Ed Gullekson and his shot of Olga the giant pacific octopus and her eggs.  Ed made a lot of dives with Olga and photo documented her tending of her eggs for several weeks. Maybe we can get him to post something on that progression sometime.


Thank you all for participating. You are what make this show work. Let’s see if we can get some new photographers or videographers to add some entries to next year’s contest. If the new dive photographers have any questions about this or are looking for pointers on how to take a good photo or video, please do not hesitate to ask. I think I speak for all us “seasoned” photographers, we would love to help you be successful

Next year, my rotating category will be anemones. Get your cameras out and start shooting pictures & video. Look for some updates to the rules on this category in the next few weeks because I am going to mix it up a bit.  Next year’s contest will be here before you know it!

As my good buddy use to say all the time, “Let’s go diving”.

Randy Pedersen