The international Underwater Photographer of the Year competition has revealed its collection of winning entries for 2017. A portrait of an octopus in the lagoon of the island of Mayotte became the winning shot from among 4,500 entries from 67 different countries.
One stunning shot from the collection of winning images was taken at a Yucatan Peninsula cenote.
Photographer Nick Blake’s image titled “Out of the Blue” was shot at Kukulkan Cenote on the Yucatan Peninsula that forms part of the Chac Mool system and is noted for the spectacular light effects as the sun penetrates the darkness.
“I left my strobes behind for the natural light shot I wanted and positioned myself in the shadows of the cavern. Moving my eye around the viewfinder, I could see that the rock outline of the cavern around me made for a pleasing symmetry and I adjusted my position to balance the frame. The light show flickered on and off as the sun was periodically covered by cloud and as it reappeared, I beckoned to my buddy and dive guide, Andrea Costanza of ProDive, to edge into the illumination of some of the stronger beams, completing the composition.”
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