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UPY Portrait - Highly Commended
It doesn't matter how many times you dive a site, there is always the chance for something new. At the end of an extremely slow dive during which I hadn't shot a single frame, I finally turned up this fantastic Longnose Batfish, my first time seeing this species. Batfish are notorious for turning their backs on you when you try to photograph them so I set up my lighting using a nearby rock and then got off exactly one head on frame, the fish looking like a weird alien stealth bomber, before the back turning began.
Judge's comment: A fabulous denizen of the shallows. The batfish’s unusual shape is revealed perfectly in this symmetric composition, and accentuated by expertly judged lighting. Very rare I say this, but a tighter crop would have seen it finish higher. - Alex Mustard
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