Southampton couple celebrate underwater photography success
A husband and wife from Southampton are celebrating a double success in an underwater photography competition.
Matt Doggett has been named British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2015 for his shot of feeding gannets in the waters around Shetland.
A shot of a puffin was a runner up in the British Waters Macro category. His wife, Polly Whyte, was also runner-up in the British Compact Camera category.
Mr Doggett said they were both "thrilled" at the awards.
Working with his wife and friend Richard Shucksmith, Mr Doggett used 100kg of mackerel each day to tempt the gannets to dive into the water to get the photographs they wanted.
"It wasn't easy - they were hitting the water at 50 or 60 mph. A lot of the first images we were getting were bits of bird - a wing here, a beak there.
"Eventually we were able to get the timing right as they hit the water," he explained.
"We knew we had some strong images but never in a million years expected this result - it's brilliant.
"Hopefully our pictures will show people what wonderful life we have in the seas around the UK and encourage more people to support marine conservation zones that are currently out for public consultation."
The picture of a puffin, entitled Peekaboo Puffin, was taken in the north Atlantic.
Mr Doggett explained he used a polystyrene model of a puffin stuck to his head to attract the usually shy birds towards the camera.
Polly Whyte took five out of the ten places in the British Compact Camera category.
More than 2,500 entries were received for the ten categories of the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2015 awards.
Mr Doggett was named British Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2012 for a different image of gannets taken in the north of Scotland.