UPY 2017 Compact - Commended

Linda McKean

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UPY 2017 Compact - Commended
'Welcome To The Jungle...' - Linda McKean

Diving with Blue Iguana Charters and all the shark action at Tiger Beach, the Bahamas was one of the most exciting UWP opportunities of my life. I really wasn't sure what it would be like but the best way I can describe it is that we were surrounded by sharks. The most numerous were the Carribean Reef and Lemon Sharks, but the stars of the show were clearly the magnificant female Tiger Sharks. Their beauty, size and graceful movement captivated me as they slowly cruised the area and I wanted to capture that feeling in my photographs. I was about two meters off the bottom when I took this face-on shot of one of the Tiger Sharks the dive crew called "Smiley" due to the little crooked smile she always seems to have on her face.

Judge's comment: Peter Rowlands: A simple yet captivating portrait which captures everything that is charismatic about these apex predators.

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