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Prestigious award for humpback whale photo

Natural beauty: Bermudian Andrew Stevenson saw this whale 20 miles off the shore (Photograph supplied)

A Bermudian photographer has won an award in a prestigious international competition that celebrates the beauty of the ocean.

Andrew Stevenson’s picture of a humpback whale in the middle of its northern migration claimed the title of most publicly liked at the Prince of Wales Commonwealth Environmental Awards “Out of the Blue” competition.

The image was taken by Mr Stevenson 20 miles southwest of Bermuda in 14,000 feet of water.

The competition was open to all Commonwealth citizens and all photographs must have been taken in a Commonwealth country.

All winning entries and finalists will form part of a special exhibition at the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta this month.

The images will also be published in a special exhibition book that will be distributed at the meeting.

Today, Mr Stevenson will be giving a presentation, Below the Waves and Above the Clouds, at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Call 295-4207 for reservations.