One of the best ways to learn photography is to see other photographers’ work. We try to find some of the best underwater photographers in the world, and showcase their work, along with the gear they use, to help other aspiring photographers improve, learn new skills and get inspired.
This time we will feature the talented Plamena Mileva!
As a girl I was very romantic, dreamy and sensitive. I loved to write poetry and share their secrets sitting on the beach, watching the waves of the Black Sea.
As if fate had premeditated my future, I met my first love on the beach, I shot my first most important pictures, my son was born who I named Nikola , after Saint Nicholas who is the patron saint of sailors.
My debut as an underwater photographer was just 5 years ago. I wanted in some way to frame and save my feelings towards my new born baby. He was only 3 months when he had his first underwater photo session in a swimming pool. These first shots gave me courage to pursue my dream of becoming an underwater photographer.
Plamena’s Prizes and Rewards
2008, award winning for debut at the Varna International Photographic Saloon
May 2009 in the contest “All for the Sea” awarded with the special prize of Photosyntesis, Varna, Bulgaria
2009, during The Photovacation, Primorsko, Bulgaria, third prize in the Master slide contest
June 2011, Competition organized by Diving BG, award for the most artistic underwater photograph.
2013, International photographic salon Montenegro, Section monochrome photography, honourable mention for the picture “Underwater kingdom”.
2013, International Photographic Salon, Varna, Bulgaria, honourable mention for the underwater image “Ecstasy”
December 2013, First place in the prestigious competition Ocean Art Contest, Fashion & Divers category
May 2014, Second place in the Scubacam festival, category Photography of Model
2014 September 7-13, Eilat Red Sea World Underwater Photography Competition
-Third place in the category Fish and Fashion
-Award of the Mayor of Eilat + cover next catalog.
2015 gold medal winner in the anual awards of underwaterphotography.com, section fashion
2015 third place in the contest UW Maraton, Zagreb, Croatia – section Ambient with or without model, DSLR camera, photography “Impression in red”
– runner up, Creativity/ Fashion category, DSLR camera
2015, 2nd Underwater photography Contest Without Borders, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- First place DSLR White angle, photography “A love encounter”
- Second place DSLR Macro, photography “Green way”
2015, PSA Silver in 8th INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SALON VARNA, photography “Stingray Attack”
Cameras – Olympus PL-3, Canon 7 D, Canon 5D Mark III
Lenses – Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/ 3.5-4.5, Canon EF 16- 35mm f/2,8 L, Tokina 10-17mm f/ 3.5- 4.5,Canon 8-15mm f/4, Canon EF 100mm f2.8L
Ikelite Housings, Ikelite dome and flat ports
Ikelite strobes 2 x DS51 and 2x DS161
To view more of Plamena’s wonderful work, visit her WEBSITE.
Visit his personal portfolio at www.ranmorphoto.com.
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