Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Little Cayman photo wins award in underwater photo competition

The results have been announced for the Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY) competition for 2020 and among them is an underwater image shot in LIttle Cayman.

This year's competition had 5,500 entries and an image of a goby off of Little Cayman, shot by Hannes Klostermann won in the Best Macro category.

Said Klostermann of the image, 

During the dive that I took this image on I swam a grand total of about 30 metres. I dropped down from the surface and descended towards the shallow, pristine coral reef in the Cayman Islands when I spotted this little fella posing right at the top of a coral head. I noticed the purple sea fan in the background and suspected it would look pleasing with a shallow depth of field, a look I really like in macro photography. After I had taken the first image and reviewed it I knew I would spend the entire dive with this goby, as the complementary colours of the fan and coral head worked very well together. Thankfully, the goby really seemed to enjoy the prime spot at the top of the coral head so it kept coming back to have its picture taken, not minding my close approach one bit.

According to UPY, the competition "always aims to showcase the diversity of disciplines and photographic styles that comprise 'underwater photography' and we love seeing photographers pushing the technical and artistic boundaries of the genre."


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