UPY 2018 British Waters Macro - Winner

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UPY 2018 British Waters Macro - Winner
'Battle of the Tompots' - Henley Spiers

Despite appearances, these two Tompot Blennies are not kissing but engaged in a ferocious battle over mating rights. The British summer is mating season amongst Tompots and competition is fierce. I went diving under Swanage Pier in search of these charismatic fish and was delighted to encounter one with the ornate, blue facial markings designed to attract a partner. To my surprise and wonder, he was soon joined by another male and they started tussling. At one point, the dust settled and they remained motionless, jaws locked together, just long enough for me to capture this image. It was a very fortunate encounter and I am delighted to be able to share it through this photo.

Judge's comment: Who says British fish lack colour and character? This shot has got it right in all the right places. Sharp when needed and blurred when not. It concentrates and rewards the viewer's eye. Peter Rowlands

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