Beth Watson began diving in 2000, she lives in the US in the small town of Salem, Missouri, nowhere near the ocean. Fortunately, she is able to dive a few weeks each year, and has traveled to many amazing diving destinations around the world. Among her favorites are the Caribbean, Central America, The Caymans, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Absolutely loving the ocean and everything it has to offer, she focuses on capturing images that are unique, impactful and that convey emotions to the viewer. She is fascinated by it all, enjoying the challenges of photographing wide angle reefs and wrecks, but also has an deep adoration for the smallest critters in the sea. Always striving for perfection, Beth continues to learn new techniques, experiments with different lenses, exposures and lighting, trying to produce beautiful, dramatic and creative images.
Beth attributes a great deal of her passion for underwater photography to the people around her. Their encouragement and advice has been an inspiration. She has won several awards and competitions in recent years. Receiving the Kodak Gallery Award in 2011, winning Asia Divers and Island Dreams 25th Anniversary Photo Contests in 2012 and being a finalist in UnderwaterPhotography.com's annual contest have been highlights. Her images have been featured in newsletters, papers, websites, and have been selected for juried art exhibitions. Many of Beth's photos can be found on our website here. For more information and to see her work visit her web site or you can find her on Facebook.
Asia Divers was proud to host The HUGYCUP photo competition, which was held over a two month period from Feb to April in 2015.
Luc Eeckhaut was the grand winner winner of the HUGYCUP 2014/2015 (Series of 10 pictures – best macro photo – best fish portrait photo– best nudibranch or seashell photo – best wide angle), Best result in 5 categories, and Gareth Bowen won Best Compact Camera Photographer. It was great to see the results of the competition and it’s a wonderful showcase for Puerto Galera’s amazing marine biodiversity.
You can see more or of the winning photos on this link