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UPY Wrecks - Winner
'EELASTIC' - Tobias Friedrich
Sometimes encounters just happen which couldn’t have been planned better and never could be repeated. One of these rare situations has been taken place inside of the wreck of the Chrisoula K, which has been sunken in the year 1981 in the northern Red Sea. I was waiting for the other photographer in a small doorframe, when suddenly this giant moray eel (Gymnothorax javanicus) swam from behind my back and winded itself through the small space between the door and me. When I was quite shocked about the close movement in the first seconds, which I obviously didn’t expected, but the moray eel wasn’t concerned at all and made it’s way further into the wreck. After a few seconds of confusion I recognized that this could be a fantastic situation to photograph because an interaction between bigger animals along with wrecks is quite rare.
Judge's comment: Peter Rowlands: I can really feel the excitement which must have been building in the photographer who took this shot. More often than not, marine life doesn't behave on cue but this moray must have delighted the shooter as it emerged from the inside of the wreck to pose perfectly for both photographers. The peak of that action has been captured to sublime effect.
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