Underwater PhotographsThe collection contains over forty large scale cibachrome prints by international prize-winning underwater photographer, Mark Webster. His outstanding compositions have taken his work into the realms of fine art, as well as marine natural history.
Based in Falmouth, Cornwall, Mark Webster began underwater photography in 1979 whilst working as a commercial diver in the offshore oil industry. His first competition entry made to Cameras Beneath the Waves in 1981, resulted in a gold medal in the macro category. Thereafter competitions became a major interest and a string of successes followed, including consecutive placings in both the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the Agfa Wildlife Photographic Awards.
He has represented Great Britain four times at the CMAS World Championships of Underwater Photography (Sicily 1990, South Korea 1994, Minorca 1996 and Norway 1998). At the 1996 event he was awarded the bronze and silver medals for third place overall in the individual category and second in the national team event.
He has published his works in a wide range of magazines and his books include The Art and Technique of Underwater Photography (1998) and the Lonely Planet guide Diving and Snorkeling Belize (2002). The collection of photographs were presented to the gallery by Mark Webster in 2002.