3rd Place Wide Angle Ocean Art 2018 Celia Kujala

3rd Place Wide Angle 

Celia Kujala

New York, NY, USA

"Two Inquisitive Friends"


Celia won an UltraLight Dual 36L daypack from ThinkTank


The Story: The Australian sea lion is one of the most endangered pinnipeds in the world. One place they can be found is Essex Rocks in the Jurien Bay Marine Park. I was in shallow water, when two Australian sea lion pups swooshed in my direction. They were playing and zipping around each other in what appeared to be a beautiful underwater ballet. However, what happened next was even more special. As they neared me, I must have piqued their interest because the two playful friends became two inquisitive friends and swam to check me out. I was able to capture them at the exact moment they were perfectly posed and staring at me with their curious eyes. I love observing wildlife underwater, but the moments when one connects with wildlife are even more extraordinary. I hope to share with people the magic that I felt. 

Location:  Essex Rocks, Jurien Bay Marine Park, Western Australia, Australia

Equipment Used:  Nikon D500 Camera, Nauticam Housing, Tokina 10-17mm Lens, Dual Sea & Sea YS-D2J Strobes  

Settings: F11, 1/200 sec, ISO 100


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