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UPY Behaviour - Commended
Being underwater with sea lions is one of the best wildlife experiences you can have in the ocean. These guys are so playful it is often you who leaves the water before they do. I had been visiting this site for 4 years and had captured their playfulness with people often, but capturing it together between themselves was proving trickier than I had anticipated. I had noticed a young male play fighting with every other sea lion it could find so I decided to wait near one that had yet to be discovered by him and wait. It wasn't long after that the play fight erupted in front of me and I was lucky enough to capture this image just before the chaos that followed. Shooting with natural light I had to use fast shutter speeds to capture the erratic movements of the sea lions.
Judge's comment: Sea lions just seem to have fun and this playful image captures the interaction very well. - Peter Rowlands
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