This is how he won the NM qualifier

David Gutteridge qualified victorious in the first round of the 2023 Underwater Photography National Championships. Here you can see the photos he submitted and get to know the qualifiers better.

David Gutteridge qualified victorious in the first round of the 2023 Underwater Photography National Championships. Here you can see the photos he submitted and get to know the qualifiers better.

May 19, 2023


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– It’s a top spot thanks to top models, says David Gutteridge, satisfied winner of NM’s first round of Underwater Photography.

Photos of his dive buddy Afif Tabbara contributed greatly to his rampage in the wide-angle class, where he placed 1st, 4th and 5th.

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First place in the wide-angle class. Photo: David Gutterridge

This achievement is even more impressive considering that photographers can only submit three photos in one class. They were also able to submit three macro images, for which Gutteridge was awarded tenth place.

– Macro is hard, a lot because I always have the “wrong” lens. Macro motives are never enough, he says with a laugh.


David Gutteridge wins NM in UV photography

David Gutteridge is originally from Portsmouth in England, but has lived in Stavanger for a number of years and represents Stavanger Dykkerklubb in NM in the UV photo.

He prefers wide-angle lenses on his cameras, and prefers taking pictures of fellow divers – and particularly fond of friends diving over shipwrecks.

Underwater hunter

Fourth place in wide angle. Good cooperation with models is important! Photo: David Gutterridge

A favorite lens is the 8-15mm fisheye, a versatile wide-angle lens that offers some flexibility thanks to the zoom option.

The photos of shipwrecks he takes continue to attract attention, as he uses a very special technique to illuminate them – and many people wonder how he did it.


This spectacular crash took 5th place in qualifying. Photo: David Gutterridge

With the help of long shutter speeds, a tripod, and a light, he brings out image quality that few or no others emulate.

– I paint with light. When you use a long shutter speed, you can use the lantern to light up the wreck exactly how you want, he told Dykking.


This error is in 10th place in qualifying. Photo: David Gutterridge

David Gutterigde is without a doubt one of our most creative underwater photographers. On Instagram, he is known as @stavanger_scubaand regularly posts pictures to almost a few thousand followers.

If you attended the European Championships in Underwater Rugby in Stavanger last year, you may have seen some of them – he was the official photographer of the championships.


David Gutteridge becomes an Ikelite ambassador

Her photos draw attention far beyond the borders of Norway, and earlier this year she was asked to become an ambassador for American manufacturer Ikelite.

– I am very proud to be an ambassador for Ikelite, along with many other talented photographers. I’ve been using Ikelite gear since I started shooting underwater, he says.

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These two beautiful tiger snakes don’t make the top ten photos. Photo: David Gutterridge

Now he’s looking forward to the NM final, which will be held in Kvitsøy outside Stavanger from 29 August to 3 September – and he has something to hold on to:

In 2021, he became champion of Norway when the championship was held in Stokmarknes. Last year, he had to make do with a slightly sour fourth place.

It’s not an easy task to win NM gold in this year’s finals, and those looking to beat David Gutterdige will have to give their all.

– It’ll be interesting to see how it goes this year. Many good photographers are taking part and the competition will probably be fierce, he concluded.


This cuttlefish did not make the top 10 in the macro class. Photo: David Gutterridge

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Stavanger Dive Club

Dive since: 2008

UV photo page: 2009

Number of dives: About. 1,500

Certificate: GUE TEC1

Wide angle or macro: Wide angle!!

Favorite motive: Friends, or preferably friends in a meltdown

Favorite dive site: Lysefjorden

Dream: Military Museum in Aqaba in Jordan

Camera + equipment: Nikon Z7 in Ikelite UV housing, 2 x DS 160 Ikelite flashes, various lights

Other: Ikelite Ambassador, Norwegian champion in UV photography 2021.

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