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UPY 2016 British Waters Compact - 3rd
'British native crayfish' - Trevor Rees
The British native crayfish (Austropotambius pallipes) is a species now under threat as it struggles to compete against the larger American signal crayfish. The crayfish at this freshwater quarry are all native ones and there are a good number of them to be seen. I found the small form factor of a compact camera ideal for holding at arms length to get a low angle and to get close to an individual that was nicely out in the open. The auto exposure only nature of my camera was restricting but I was pleased to get a light green water background and be able to add a little strobe light to bring out the colour of the crustacean.
Judge's comment: Peter Rowlands: It has long been an irritation of mine that so many UK macro shots have black or murky backgrounds. Such shots have single handedly tainted UK diving with a negative impression yet the truth can be so different as this excellent shot illustrates. Balancing ambient and artificial light is a technical start then add a great composition, a powerful upward angle and a sublime emerald green background combine to produce a celebratory 'British' shot.
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