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Beginners Portfolio 2011

Sixth: Gaby Zimmermann-Nenadal

Caroline Robertson-Brown
Gaby Zimmermann-Nenadal

My portfolio

by Gaby Zimmermann-Nenadal

I am from Vienna, Austria and have been diving since 1994. In 2006, I started taking pictures more seriously with my digital SLR but took pictures before that with several compact cameras and also an analogue SLR. Besides diving, I enjoy playing beach volleyball, rock climbing and horse riding as well as travelling the world (the farther, the better).

1. Whale shark: For years, I always wanted to see a whale shark but I was never lucky. So I went to Mozambique where you can find whale sharks all year and went snorkelling with about 50 of them... The snorkeler next to the shark is a good friend of mine, showing the enormous size of the shark. Canon EOS 350D, Hugyfot housing, 15 mm fisheye, 1/125, F/6.3

2. Cave: My favourite area for diving is South East Asia; Indonesia has a special place in my heart. So I go there as often as I can which is, unfortunately, only every second year or so... In 2010, I managed to visit Raja Ampat for the second time and was looking forward to dive the famed “Passage” again. This fantastic cave is located at the end of “The Passage” and the sun was just right to send its rays through the cave ceiling. Canon EOS 350D, Hugyfot housing, 15 mm fisheye, 1/100, F/5.6, no strobe.

3. Clown fish: I might prefer wide-angle shooting but I also enjoy macro a lot. And I love clown fish. This cutie was captured in Lembeh strait, where it cuddled with its anemone. It is always interesting to shoot clown fish because the different species and also the single individuals behave so differently. Some are rather shy, some aggressive but they all pose a certain challenge to the photographer because they move constantly. Canon EOS 350D, Hugyfot housing, 50 mm macro, 1/125, F/22, one INON strobe.

4. Colourful pier: The Ducomi Pier near Dumaguete in the Philippines is my favourite pier dive. The corals are so colourful and there is so much macro life as well you are always in trouble which lens to take. You can only go there if no ship is at the pier – it belongs to a coconut mill. But a couple of times per week the dive centers get the permission to go there for a fee. Canon EOS 350D, Hugyfot housing, 15 mm fisheye, 1/125, F/4, one INON strobe.

5. Wonderpus: I love octopi, so I especially enjoy Lembeh Strait with its many different species. The wonderpus is one of my favourites because its pattern and colour is so nice and they are quite inquisitive. I took a lot of shots but this one I liked best. I find it quite hard to shoot octopi because especially the bigger ones you have to crop somewhere – you won’t get all arms into the picture. Canon EOS 350D, Hugyfot housing, 50 mm macro, 1/125, F/22, one INON strobe.

6. Mantas: Another photo from Indonesia and Raja Ampat. It was taken at one of my favourite spots, Manta Ridge, where mantas fly by regularly to get rid of their parasites. If you are lucky, they stay with you for an hour and check you out. Canon EOS 350D, Hugyfot housing, 15 mm fisheye, 1/400, F/8, no strobe.

BSoUP Beginners Portfolio Competition

Beginners Portfolio Competition Winners


2017 Nur Tucker

2016 Simon Yates

2015 John Parker

2014 Sue Guess

2013 Mark Drayton

2012 Paul Woodburn

2011 Sean Arrowsmith

2010 Will Clark

2009 Daniel Norwood

2008 David Henshaw

2007 Anna James

2006 Kam Arya


2004 Judy Winterman

2003 Samantha Bean

2002 Jane Morgan

2001 Cathy Lewis

2000 Tony White

1999 Mike Maloney

1998 Gary Clarke

1997 Sue Heaps

1996 Hilary Driscoll

1995 Malcom Hey

1994 Nigel Doe

1993 Gavin Anderson

1992 Paul Naylor

1991 Howard Bunyan

1990 Dave Meates

1989 John Lee

1988 Alfredo Rock

1987 Mark Taylor

1986 Michael Wong

1985 Martin Edge

1984 Viv Pearson

1983 Linda Pitkin

1982 Mike Valentine

1981 Brian Humphries

1980 Graham Pattie

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