Scuba pair capture awards

Stuart Duncan's stunning image features fellow club member Dave Murdoch
Stuart Duncan's stunning image features fellow club member Dave Murdoch

Two scuba divers with an Ellon club have won national recognition for their photography after capturing stunning images while on sub-aquatic adventures in Scotland.

The pictures, of a diver surrounded by snow in a Highlands sea loch, and an alien-like sea slug taken off the coast of Macduff, were highly commended in the British Sub-Aqua Club’s (BSAC) nationwide Great British Diving photo competition.

Mechanic Stuart Duncan 42, from Ellon, who is an advanced instructor with Ellon Sub-Aqua Club, took the dramatic image of the diver at Loch Duich against the backdrop of snow on the Glen Sheil mountains.

The brightly coloured sea slug photo, which shows amazing detail of a creature no bigger than 4mm long in real life, was taken by fellow Ellon SAC member Chris Rickard, 39, a former teacher from Macduff.

Stuart said: “There’s so much to see underwater there, the loch is so diverse, it’s 120 metres deep in places and the colours on some of the rocks are phenomenal.”

His picture features fellow Ellon Sub-Aqua Club member Dave Murdoch.

Chris added: “There’s so much wildlife in the sea off the coast of Scotland, there are tons of fish, anemones, loads of different species, and when you get up close there is so much macro life, but people don’t realise it’s there.”

BSAC chief executive Mary Tetley said: “Stuart and Chris’s photos are both really beautiful and show off two very different aspects of Great British Diving – our superb natural surroundings and wonderful marine life.”