Magical underwater world

A SPECIAL presentation on leafy sea dragons was a highlight at the Port Lincoln Camera Club's last meeting, which was well attended considering it was a cold night.

The guest speaker was Jamie Coote (aka Yook) whose presentation was titled 'The magical leafy sea dragons'.

Mr Coote has been interested in underwater photography for a considerable time.

He dives at the Tumby Bay jetty, focusing on the leafy sea dragons found at the jetty, using a point and shoot Nikon camera in an underwater housing.

His mantra on this type of photography is "go slow and look hard".

He has been documenting the leafy sea dragon for several years and is able to recognise individual animals and has given them names.

His presentation was amazing and members were delighted to see these marvellous sea dwellers.

He also lived for five years in Hong Kong and included in his presentation some of his photos in Hong Kong, including lightning.

His work can be viewed on

He related one very amusing story, of coming in from a dive at Tumby Bay Jetty and being approached by an older gentleman, who quite aggressively told him he was a complete fraud and charlatan.

The man said that no way could such an incredible sea creature as the leafy sea dragon be at the Tumby Bay jetty.

However, a few years later, the same gentleman came up to him and apologised profusely, as he was totally wrong.

Mr Coote's photos have been exhibited in The Feral Fish Gallery in Tumby Bay, are featured in Tumby Bay Views magazine and he has been published in Dive Magazine.

He can be contacted via The Dive Shop at the marina, if anyone wishes to scuba dive with him at the Tumby Bay jetty.

After supper break the competition winners were announced.

The special subject this month was panorama with first place going to Janine Waters for 'Low cloud', second Fran Solly for 'Salt Mine' and third to Bazz Hockaday for 'Boats in the mist'.

Merits were awarded to Christine Georgiou, Nola Argent, Jan Hetherington, Peg McAveney and Lesley Scarman.

The set subject was history with some very interesting photos entered.

First was Karen Miels for 'Not for ten-pound poms' , second was Julie Lovegrove for 'Penny for your thoughts' and third was Fran Solly for 'Ancestors'.

A merit was awarded to Karen Miels.

In the open section Janine Waters was first for 'Through the branches foggy morning', Julie Lovegrove came second with 'Love Birds' and Fran Solly's 'Alyssa 2' was third. Merits went to Christine Gerogiou, Nola Argent, Jan Hetherington and Janine Brooks.

The evening finished with a movie title photo competition, where members had to take a photo representing a movie title and people had to guess the movie title.

This was a brilliant competition and everyone had fun guessing the movie and winning a chocolate.

Ruth Evans entry, Titanic, was extremely well done as was Fran Solly's Driving Miss Daisy, which was easily guessed.

Judy Glendenning had everyone frantically racking their brains with her entries.

The club's next general meeting is June 24 at the Seniors Citizens Hall, 6.45pm for a 7pm start.

All welcome.