BAITBALL FRENZY

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Story Behind The Shot:

For a short time every year on the Ningaloo Reef, bait balls form and birds, sharks and pelagic fish feast. While searching off the back of the reef for whale sharks, we came across this tightly packed ball. The birds were going crazy on the surface while some shy sharks were hanging down deeper. It was an incredible feeling to be in the middle of this feeding frenzy and to capture such a spectacle on camera. 

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ROUGH PLAY

honorable

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Story Behind The Shot:

Australian Sea Lions are the most endangered sea lion species in the world, with only 11,200 individuals remaining. These two were carelessly playing right in front of my lens while keeping a curious eye on me.

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MY

UNDERWORLD

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Story Behind The Shot:

There is a lot of information, warnings, instructions, rules and stresses keeping our minds busy this year and my escape is below the waves. The silence and calm is something I cannot find anywhere else on this world and it keeps me sane in a world of insanity.

2020

ESCAPE ROUTE

Honourable Mention

TRUSTING GLANCE

Honourable Mention

BIG FISH, BIGGER OCEAN

Honourable Mention

MAGIC OF KARIJINI

Honourable Mention

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Underwater Photography Guide

Ocean Art Photo Competition

"Safe Under The Sea"

2020

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MARINE LIFE BEHAVIOUR

2nd place

TAILMATES

Story Behind The Shot:

While searching for wildlife in the blue waters off Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, the unmistakable long yellow shape of a sea snake came into view. I slipped in the water and edged closer, hoping it wouldn’t dive before I got there. It soon became clear that I was actually looking at two snakes - a male wrapped around a female, intertwined during the mating process. I had to focus on getting the shot but my mind was exploding with excitement, knowing I would probably never see this again. In the big blue ocean, when sea snakes find their mate, they interlock and don't separate until it's all over. They must surface for air during this time, but it's the female who is in control. The male holds on and tries to gasp enough air before she decides to dive. After a few minutes, this lady snake descended, pulling the determined male along behind her. I couldn't help but think of the odds they had to overcome to find each other in a vast ocean, just like soulmates. 

2020

WHALE SHARK WINDOW

Shortlisted

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A cloudy day on the Ningaloo Reef, WA, still yields special opportunities if you're in the right place at the right time. On this day the water was crystal blue and the whale shark was slowly swimming right under the surface.

BLENDING IN

Finalist

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A dusky whaler on the Ningaloo Reef slowly swims through a tightly packed ball of bait fish, trying to blend in and not scare them with sudden movements. It was fascinating behaviour to watch as I have seen them many times torpedo through the ball trying to catch the fish by surprise.

PLAYTIME

Shortlisted

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Two individuals of a remaining population of only 11,200 Australian Sea Lions play right in front of me while keeping a cautious eye.

Vincent O’Brien National Underwater Photography Competition 2018

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1st place

Foreign Image category

CAMOUFLAGE

Story Behind The Shot:

After lots of searching, this little seahorse was the first one I saw with my own eyes. Floating mid water I repeatedly dived down to try to get it in the frame - a bit difficult on breath hold! 

Using a macro wet lens I managed to get the shot but due to an error on my behalf, the white balance was way off! I thought it was going to ruin the shot but actually, it meant that when I adjusted it in post to give the seahorse true colour, the cloudy blue background turned off-white! Success! 

The seahorse is clinging to some floating seaweed and blending in perfectly! Eternally grateful to @Donald.Cantlon.Imagery for spotting this little critter!