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UPY 2017 Portrait - Highly Commended
'Imp of darkness' - Damien Mauric
On his visit to the Galapagos islands, Charles Darwin was revolted by the animals' appearance, writing: "The black Lava rocks on the beach are frequented by large, disgusting clumsy Lizards. They are as black as the porous rocks over which they crawl & seek their prey from the Sea. I call them 'imps of darkness'. They assuredly well-become the land they inhabit." The marine iguana are all but monsters. Endemic to the Galapagos, it's a rare privilege to share a moment underwater with this animal now considered as an endangered species.
Judge's comment: Alex Mustard: Prehistoric, this iguana looks like an ancient sea monster. A fantastic animal portrait.
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