First place in the Norwegian Championship

Written by Bjørnar Nygård on . Posted in Competitions


From the 1st to the 3rd of September the Norwegian Championship in Underwater Photography was held in Stavanger by Stavanger Dykkerklubb, Gjesdal Dykkeklubb and Havhesten Undervannsklubb and the diving was performed around Stavanger.

This year my goal was to do better than last year, where I ended up on 10th place, but I had no expectations of doing as good as I did. This year I was lucky to have with me Siv Pedersen as buddy and model, we both had a plan of what we wanted to do and that worked out quite well.
I won the first category Wide angle with diver got a sixth place in wide angle without diver, a fourth in both Macro and Fish and got sixth places in the theme category which this year was "Selfie". 

The rules competition this year was as last year, we had 4 dives over 2 days and we where not allowed to process the images after they were taken, either in the camera or on a computer. The only thing we were allowed to was to say which way the image should be rotated so that it appeared like we had taken it.

Our hosts had planned some nice dive sites for us, but due to some choppy waters we had to change locations for two of the dives.

The conditions were good and we had sun all the days, all in all it was a great weekend both socialy and competition wise.

There were a total of 18 participants and I ended up on 1st place with 328 points, taking home the gold medal and His Majesty King's Cup.

I also recived a generous gift card from divegear supplier Safenor AS  for my first place in the Wide angle category, and as overall winner I received a one week Liveaboard stay from Dykkebazaar.

The judges where: Christian Skauge, Laila Røberg and Harald Fosshagen


Rank Name Points
1 Bjørnar Nygård 328
2 Einar Kosaka 293
3 Ingrid T. Ølberg 280
4 Geir Eliassen 279
5 Anders Schouw 272
6 Ann Karin Matberg 237
7 Mikkel Stokke 229
8 Gry H. Henriksen 222
9 Rune E. Haldorsen 177
10 Tore V. Knutsmoen 156
11 Erling Svensen 154
12 Kjetil Avset 152
13 Magnus Tornes 117
14 Morten Thaarup 105
15 Tor Inge Leidland 92
16 John Sverre Øen 49
17 Linda Larsen 28
18 Karen Stensland  
19 Rudolf Svensen  

Category A - Normal/wide angle with diver - 1st. place
Category B - Normal/wide angle without diver - 6th. place
Category C - Macro, no fish / fish detail - 4th. place
Category D - Fish - 4th. place
Category E - Theme - "Selfie" - 6th. place

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