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UPY British Waters Macro - Winner
'Portrait of a variable blenny'
The variable blenny (Parablennius pilicornis) is a relatively new arrival to UK coastal waters, with its origins from more southerly waters (it has been recorded throughout the Mediterranean Sea). This species may appear in a number of different colour forms. The current image is of a male and was taken in Plymouth Sound, July 2020. This particular blenny was standing out proud on a reef ledge, making it an ideal subject. The image was captured using snooted lighting to emphasise only the face of the blenny, with the snooted light being positioned from above the head enhancing the facial features.
Judge's comment: A beautiful UK fish portrait. Everything about this image is perfect. The composition of the two eyes in relation to the height gives us the stark black background which is framed along all three side. Both eyes are on the law of thirds and the mouth below has also been framed on the lower law of thirds. All these elements provide us with a beautiful all round framed underwater photograph. Congratulations to the winner of the British Waters Macro.
- Martin Edge
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