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UPY 2019 Award Winners - Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year 2019

Eduardo Acevedo

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UPY 2019 Award Winners - Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year 2019
'Caretta caretta turtle' - Eduardo Acevedo

The Caretta caretta turtles spend much of their life in the open ocean. They come to the Canary Island after crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean beaches. In this trip of many years they often have to avoid many dangerous traps like plastics, ropes, fishing nets etc. In this particular case it got trapped in a net and it was practically impossible to escape from it... but this day it was very lucky and could escape thanks to the help of two underwater photographers who were sailing near her.

Judge's comment: The problems of plastic pollution and ghost fishing are both illustrated by this struggling loggerhead turtle. I am happy to learn this individual was lucky enough to survive this deathtrap thanks to the photographer.
Alex Mustard

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