"Whether snorkeling, breath holding, or using scuba, we are but brief visitors to beauty of the underwater realm." Copyright © 2019 Matt Jacobs
The British Photography Awards has released their 2020 Shortlist gallery of 320 images showcasing the best of British photographic talent.
Matt Jacobs took the cover photo of a freediver underneath a boat in the Egyptian Red Sea using a Panasonic LUMIX GH5 mirrorless camera with 8mm fisheye lens. Matt is also a Panasonic LUMIX Ambassador in addition to being a professional videographer. Though he hails from the the UK he considers Egypt to be his spiritual home.
"Jardines de la Reina, Cuba. I slipped slowly into the water and made my way towards his open mouth full of sharp teeth. Inch by inch I moved closer until I was almost touching his nose with my camera. My heart was racing but I managed to relax and keep my cool long enough to photograph this excellent smile." Photo copyright © 2019 Grant Thomas
Grant Thomas, who appeared three times on this year's shortlist, was named British Underwater Photographer of the Year in 2018. Grant currently shoots a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye and dual DS161 strobes.
The British Photography Awards celebrates talent from British-born and British-based photographers. The competition is run as a non-commercial non-profit entity through partnerships with a range of UK charities including the World Cetacean Alliance and the Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust.