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UPY 2016 British Waters Macro - Runner Up
'Planktonic Predator' - George Stoyle
In the summer of 2015 Scottish Natural Heritage a Dive Team to conduct site monitoring of Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) which included North Rona which is where this image was taken. We had come to the end of a dive inside a cave, just before we reached the surface we noticed an unusual amount of zooplankton which had become trapped inside the cave entrance. We then spotted a couple of tiny, post-larval monkfish feeding on the plankton, something none of us had ever seen. Getting an in-focus shot with my macro lens was easier said than done with prevailing swell, but I managed a few before the boat came to pick us up.
Judge's comment: Alex Mustard: The most remarkable looking creature I have seen photographed in British waters. This juvenile monkfish doesn’t even look like it comes from our planet, let alone our shores. An amazing subject photographed flawlessly, it is definitely one of the most memorable pictures in this year’s collection.
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