|Winner: Trevor Rees.
A tiny sea slug, no longer than two inches long, has stolen the show in one of the UK’s most celebrated underwater photography competitions. The Wildlife Trusts crowned Trevor Rees’s image of the sea slug the overall winner of the British and Irish categories of the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition.
Trevor said: "Flabellina lineata is a great example of how attractive an underwater slug can be compared to a land slug. My image was taken in Loch Creran on Scotland's west coast in about six metres of water. During the dive there were a lot of these creatures feeding in the rich current swept waters of the loch. They were present on rocks and weed with this one found on kelp. A low angle enabled me to get a striking head on portrait using a housed SLR camera with a macro lens."
Joan Edwards, Head of Living Seas for The Wildlife Trusts, said: "Each year, the BSoUP competition entries demonstrate just how spectacular the wildlife living in our seas is. It can be easy to dismiss the UK’s seas as dull and grey – but images like Trevor’s sea slug illustrate how much beauty is there to be discovered if you take a closer look. From the far North to the south west, there are thriving habitats to be explored. We are currently urging Government to designate 127 sites as Marine Conservation Zones around England. The BSoUP competition images help to raise awareness of what is at stake if we don’t give all these sites the protection they urgently need."
Details of all the winners are as follows:
- 1st place: Trevor Rees - Nudibranch (Flabellina lineata), Loch Creran, Scotland
- 2nd place: Robert Bailey - Yarrell's blenny, Loch Long, Scotland, Nikon D300
- 3rd place: Dan Bolt – Kelp, Lundy Island, Devon, Olympus E-PL1
- 4th place: Samantha Muir - John Dory, James Eagan Lane, Plymouth, Sony NEX5
- 5th place: George Stoyle - Nudibranch (Polycera quadrilineata), North Rona, Scotland, Nikon D700
- 6th place: Saeed Rashid - Seal in kelp, Farne Islands, Canon 400D
The winner and runner-up in each of the four main categories of the competition may be viewed on The Wildlife Trusts' website