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UPY Up and Coming - Runner Up
'Toward Shining Light'
As we were mooring the safari boat in the lagoon at night, Manta rays came behind the boat to eat the plankton that gathered in the light of the boat so I put on my snorkel and fins and went into the sea with my camera.
This Manta ray, which preys on plankton, repeatedly flipped in front of me and went deep into the water. The appearance of the giant dancing in front of me was a masterpiece. Watching the situation up close, I was absorbed in releasing the shutter. This photo was taken aiming at Mantaray rising from the depths toward the light on the surface of the water.
Judge's comment: Impressive enough a composition with just the subject alone contrasted on a dark background but the simple surface light lifted this image above the pack.
- Peter Rowlands
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