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UPY 2017 Macro - Commended
'Nudi Art' - Katherine Lu
I shot this photo in the local waters of Singapore where the visibility is 3m on average. Scuba divers I know are always surprised that I dive there and most don’t even know there is great macro right off our shores. I wanted to do something different and turn a nudibranch commonly found in our waters into a piece of art. I have always been fascinated by bubbles and the inspiration for this photo came about when I was reading about aquatic plants that produce oxygen bubbles from photosynthesis. The images of the bubbles sticking to the green leaves had an abstract quality and hence came the idea to create Nudi Art.
Judge's comment: Alex Mustard: A very memorable image, taking a common subject and transforming it into something truly original through the photographer's ingenuity. Shows that common subjects and challenging local conditions can produce wonderful pictures.