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UPY 2017 British Waters Compact - Commended
'Zeus Faber' - Guy Mitchell
It's always a thrill to see one of these as it's my favourite UK fish. Such an unusual looking but beautiful fish, they only visit the shoreline for a few months of the year so sightings are few and far between. I was lucky to come across this one at my local dive site in Babbacombe and even luckier that it was swimming away from my buddy towards me so I ended up with some great close-up shots. It was an early morning dive so the background is dark and this seems to make the fish stand out really well. Have probably only seen around a dozen of these in ten years of UK diving but they never fail to impress and are great subjects for the underwater photographer.
Judge's comment: Peter Rowlands: John Dorys must be the most striking fish in British waters and this is a most striking portrait of one. Great eye contact and well chosen framing.
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