Ocean Art 2023 - Honorable Mention Underwater Fashion

Honorable Mention Underwater Fashion

Lucie Drlikova

"Thousand and One Nights"



Lucie Drlikova won a dive cruise with the winner's location of choice in Indonesia and 50% off for their companion aboard the M.Y. Oceanic!


The Story: 

This photo is part of my project Once Upon a Dream in Waterland, which I have been working on since 2017. All the scenes are real, including the food and cakes, which were made from concrete and covered with special colored foam, photographed underwater. Costumes, props, and scenes are hand made by me.

About my project Once Upon a Dream in Waterland:

Once upon a time, in magical, enchanted depths, in the land of the endless water, there lived a girl named Stella. When she was born, her godmother, the Sea Angel, gave her the book “Once Upon a Dream in Waterland”. 

While Stella is sleeping, she is dreaming stories from her favorite fairytale book. Alice in Waterland is one of those stories. 

The project represents a return to my childhood, to the stories that I imagined as a child and these are the stories, I wanted to tell one day to my daughter. Unfortunately, she was never born. 

This is the reason I am working on my project, to tell the underwater stories and in the time this project became my baby.


Prague, Czech Republic

Equipment Used: 

Camera Settings: 

  • Aperture: F7.1
  • Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec
  • ISO: 500



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