Although it was a very last minute decision to enter this fashion category, with the exceptionally committed team from the Snuba dive centre, I was able to gather enough images to submit for the judging stage. It has been a great pleasure to work with such a great team and I am very happy to be awarded the 1st prize for the "Best Singular Entry".
The portfolio of the 5 images for the "Fish and Fashion" category was also nominated.
Model: Tal Yehezkel
Assistant / Safety Diver: Neta-li Sekler
Lighting Assistant: Hanan Ben David
Special thanks to Avivit for her understanding and ongoing personal support, Sasha for being unconditional in every situations I came across I needed his support, multi-tasking Netali for managing to do a lot of work from understanding the needs for each image ideas to making sure the safety and the comfort of the model which allowed me to concentrate on shooting, Tal the best model for her commitment to execute the ideas that only a person with an absolute enthusiasm and patience could achieve, Hanan for helping preparation and lighting, and Baruch for his personal advice and encouragement. We all worked day and night for the 3days of shooting and now all has finished. It was such a shame that Tal the model (for the first time ever!) was not able to attend the ceremony as she had to work on that evening after taking lots of time off for the shooting during the competition. Netali also worked during the day as usual throughout the competition and she still managed to memorise exactly what was required for each shooting ideas! What a commitment from everyone.. I have been so grateful and each and every one of our images are real treasures.. Mazel tov to all the participants.