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UPY Award Winners - British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
'A 3.5m great white curiously approaches my lens'
I had wanted to shoot a charismatic over/under portrait of a great white shark for a couple of years. Some techniques I had previously tried failed terribly, so this time I designed and constructed my own carbon pole and remote trigger. This enabled me to safely lower my camera and housing into the water with my own 12” split shot dome port attached. Surprisingly the sharks were instantly attracted to the camera with no extra bait needed, in fact it was a battle to stop them biting the dome port! We had wonderfully calm seas and nice evening side lighting for this naturally lit image.
Judge's comment: This split shot of a Great White Shark truly has some character. Excellent work by the photographer by trying out different techniques until he got the result he wanted. A truly deserved 'Runner Up' in this category. - Tobias Friedrich
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