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Photo Contest results - see the winners on the FB page

posted Oct 28, 2020, 2:18 PM by Editor SeaHorse
Thank you to all SeaHorses that joined us in our photo contest this year. We had a good number of people join for the Zoom call on Thursday night to announce winning entries and a fair number of people entered a nice variety of photographs in all but one category, Novice (a great opportunity for all you newby photographers to get an image together for next year). Unfortunately, we had to eliminate the video portion of the contest this year because of technical limitations with having an online format (stupid Covid). Nevertheless, there were 62 entries in total with 6 photographers submitting entries. 20 people submitted votes via SurveyMonkey, 15 of which were members and 5 were guests. A special thank you to Dave Wakeley for helping to tabulate and validate the votes.
The bonus questions revealed that our overall favorite local dive shop is Underwater Sports (all locations), with Lighthouse (Lynnwood), Gone Diving (Bellingham), and Northwest (Everett) being recognized. Our non-local favorite dive shop saw quite the variety of locales: Red Sail Grand Cayman, Kaimana Divers (Oahu), Kona Honu Divers (Hawaii), Native Sons Diving (Honduras), Aldora Divers (Cozumel), Force-C Scuba Center (Florida), Maui Divers (Maui), Rainbow Divers (Vietnam), Snorkel Bob’s (Hawaii), and quasi-local Anacortes Diving (Anacortes) and Gone Diving (Bellingham).
Chris McKenna won in the Warm Water Wide Angle category with an image of a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle shot in Hawaii earlier this year before the pandemic shut everything down. That image also won “Best of Show” as voted on by members of the executive board. Ed Gullekson won “Warm Water Macro” with a shot of a Spinyhead Blenny taken in Turks and Caicos Islands.
In the Cold Water categories, Chris won the wide angle with a photograph of a seal peaking into the camera from above. Ed picked up winning entry on the macro side with a photograph of everyone’s favorite winter-time fish, a Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker at Redondo. The “Above Water” and “Special Category-Red Octopus” winning entries were the pilings at Dickman Mill and an octo at play, both shot by Chris.
All images will become part of the 2021 calendars the club creates and publishes (you should be able to purchase calendars by the beginning of December). More info on that will be forthcoming.
Thank you for all your participation and support. Now is the time to get ready for 2021. Get out there, go diving, and shoot some photos!!! Above all, stay safe.