UPY 2017 Underwater Photography Book of the Year - Winner

Scott Tuason

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UPY 2017 Underwater Photography Book of the Year - Winner

BLACKWATER OPEN BLUE by Scott Tuason pairs together a collection of photographs from open ocean diving, taken around the world either during daylight hours all the pitch black of night. From the miniscule jellyfish that drift up from the deep, to the 15 meter long humpback whale cavorting with is her calf in the middle of the sea, this book captures a wide range of marine life behaviour in images that are unique fascinating and often times bizarre.

Judge's comment: Alex Mustard: Individual blackwater images have been regularly winning macro contests for the last few years, but this is the first major collection of this exciting new branch of underwater photography. These intricate creatures, often larval stages of more familiar subjects, are delicate works of art. However, such images alone could become repetitive and a great strength of this book is that it contrasts them with daylight shots, of the great creatures of the big blue. As such it creates a comprehensive view of the open ocean - the largest ecosystem of our planet. Groundbreaking.

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