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UPY Wide Angle - Highly Commended
'The great mother'
From December to March, humpback whales appear near Okinawa. We saw the same mother and calf whales many times that day and I could see a male whale escorting them from below.
This mother whale hardly responded to the male's escort and swam as if she was protecting her calf. I decided to use this mother and calf to show that mothers are great beings and I pressed the shutter just as she opened her fins wide.
I felt something divine about her as the sunlight reflected off the white of her fins and made them glow.
I felt the majesty of this mother whale. Mothers are strong regardless of their species.
Judge's comment: Big open ocean subjects such as whales always impress me. Filling this frame has captured this mother, calf and escort so well. Big scale but still tender. - Peter Rowlands
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