SCILLY SEAL PHOTO RECOGNISED IN NATIONAL COMPETITION
A photograph of a playful grey seal taken by a scuba diver off the Isles of Scilly has won national recognition.
Kerry Lewis's image of a seal with weeds balanced on its nose was highly commended in the British Sub-Aqua Club’s (BSAC) nationwide Great British Diving photo competition.
Kerry, dive Leader with Aberystwyth-based BSAC club the Cantre'r Gwaelod Divers, took the picture while diving with marine protection project Seasearch earlier this year.
She also shot a video of two seals playing together on the same trip, which she has since released, along with a gallery of images, to help raise awareness of the need to protect British marine life.
Kerry, 43, said: “We were exploring in shallow water and about six seals swam up to us and started playing. Two or three of them were particularly inquisitive so we let them come up to us.
“I got quite a few photos and also took some video of two of the seals playing together. It was really cute and amazing to see up close.
“I chose the photo to enter into the BSAC Great British diving competition because I just thought it was so funny with the weeds on its head, something a bit quirky.”
BSAC is the national governing body for scuba diving and is made up of 120 dive centres and 900 plus clubs, run by volunteers, across the UK and abroad. It represents more than 30,000 scuba divers and snorkellers.
BSAC chief Executive Mary Tetley said: “The BSAC Great British Diving competition was launched to boost the presence of British divers on social media and to show the world just how great British diving really is.
“We had lots of wonderful entries from all over the UK, from divers with huge post-dive smiles, to fantastic wrecks, to many seal and examples of marine life.
“Kerry’s photo is really fun and truly shows the spirit of Great British Diving and we are so pleased she entered - it’s a great candid capture.”
The photo competition was run online via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #GreatBritishDiving, between July 15 and October 7.
There were 343 photos entered and more than 2,300 people voted for the picture they thought best encapsulated the spirit of Great British Diving, in the categories topside and underwater.