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'Barbadian splendid Long spine Squirrelfish'
Finally a COVID travel window opened allowing me access to the beautiful waters of Barbados but after so long with hardly any diving I was feeling pretty rusty. This was graphically brought home to me when I had a serious equipment failure not helped by me also pushing my oxygen reserve trying to get the perfect shot. It was so serous that I had to get to another diver and share his tank to get to the surface. So for my second dive I was feeling pretty shaky, which is never a great starting place for photography but the vibrant beauty of this much shallower reef soon got me to relax and that's where I spotted and shot this splendid Long spine Squirrelfish perfectly matched to his colourful surroundings.
Judge's comment: One of my favorite images from the competition as this slow shutter speed image almost looks like a painting. Very good idea and clever to use this technique in a pretty standard subject. This takes the image from being normal to excellent. - Tobias Friedrich
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