UPY 2017 Up & Coming - Highly Commended

Jade Hoksbergen

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UPY 2017 Up & Coming - Highly Commended
'Medusa Blenny on the Lookout' - Jade Hoksbergen

My fascination with blennies started in early 2016 when I was living in Saint Lucia and got my hands on an underwater camera for the first time. Having lived in the Philippines previously, blennies were a novelty to me despite their widespread presence in Saint Lucia. I thought they also made extremely interesting subjects due the range in their facial expression, sometimes akin to the grimaces one would associate with gargoyles. For this shot, I wanted illustrate the intricate detail of this blenny whilst showing how its colour and texture blends seamlessly with its environment.

Judge's comment: Alex Mustard: Delicate pastel colours and soft textures frame this pin-sharp and characterful portrait.

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