Un­der­wa­ter won­ders

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A FRIENDLY fish and a docile tur­tle helped two lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers win big at the Cairns Un­der­wa­ter Photo Com­pe­ti­tion on the week­end.

Al­though Port Dou­glas-based pho­tog­ra­pher Chris Hamil­ton won “best in show”, it was his model, Morty the Maori wrasse, who was the real star.

Morty is pretty used to peo­ple and par­tic­u­larly Chris, who has been tak­ing un­der­wa­ter pho­tos for more than five years.

“Morty’s a res­i­dent at Tur­tle Bay, which is just off Agin­court 2D,” Chris said.

“I must have over 1000 pho­to­graphs of him.

“I took this one about six months ago at Tur­tle Bay.

“It was very shal­low wa­ter, right un­der the boat.”

Chris, who works for Oak Beach Pro­duc­tions and takes pho­tos on Po­sei­don, said it was an hon­our to win the award.

“The judges were all pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers, so it was on hon­our they chose me,” he said.

Jai Miller’s photo of a tur­tle at Low Isles took out the ju­nior cat­e­gory.

At nine years of age, Jai has been tak­ing pho­tos for as long as he can re­mem­ber. “I took this photo last month,” Jai said. “It was about eight o’clock in the morn­ing, “I found this tur­tle over at the Clam Gar­dens at Low Isles, next to Woody.

“I had to duck-dive about five me­tres to get the shot. I man­aged to get two pho­tos. He didn’t move.”

Jai, whose fa­ther is pro­fes­sional un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­pher Dave Miller, said he was ex­cited to win the prize, a cam­era and un­der­wa­ter hous­ing of his own.

“Dad taught me two main things about pho­tog­ra­phy,” he said.

“It’s about the light and the an­gles.”

Spec­tac­u­lar: Chris Hamil­ton’s win­ning im­age and (inset) Jai Miller’s top shot

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