Spectacular underwater photography from a diving competition has been revealed today.

Photo credit: Kirsty Andrews

Kirsty Andrews’ image of a rare fireworks anemone has won the British and Irish categories of the British Society of Underwater Photographers Diver print contest.

Kirsty captured the underwater photography while diving at Loch Duich in Scotland, using a Nikon D300. Her image was chosen by a panel of judges following a public vote.

Competition sponsor, The Wildlife Trusts, said: ‘An enchanting subject – with bright tentacles that bring about visions of a firework exploding in the clear night sky – the firework anemone clearly captured the public’s imagination.’

Kirsty said: ‘Loch Duich has a very muddy, silty bottom, a habitat perfectly suited to these wonderful creatures but quite challenging for photography.

‘I was really pleased to capture the elegance of the anemone, which I’ve only ever seen at this site.’

Kirsty – who has been diving for 14 years – said that ever since she picked up a second-hand DSLR at a dive show two years ago she has never looked back.

The Advanced British and Irish category was won by Nick Blake, for his image ‘Jellyfish and sunburst’, captured at Lundy.

Joan Edwards, of The Wildlife Trusts, said: ‘Every year, the BSoUP competition entries illustrate how spectacular and stunning our sea life is.

‘Some may dismiss UK seas as dull and grey but images like Kirsty’s and Nick’s illustrate the beauty to behold, if we only take a closer look.

‘From the far north to the south-west, there are thriving habitats to be explored and these images will help us raise awareness of what is at stake if we don’t protect them for the future.’

Nick_Blake_ Irish_Jellyfish_sunburst.webPhoto credit: Nick Blake