2nd Place Nudibranchs Ocean Art 2020 Luca De Pauli

2nd Place Nudibranchs

Luca De Pauli

"Queen of Sistiana"


Luca De Pauli won a gift certificate from Bluewater Photo and Bluewater Travel.



The Story: The title of the picture aims to explain the role of Luterosea, which symbolizes the diving site where it was captured: a unique location in the northern part of the Adriatic Sea, which is akin to a Mediterranean version of Lembeh Island thanks to its extraordinary biodiversity, including more than a hundred species of different nudibranchs that are found in this ecosystem throughout the year.

While it is not difficult to find a Luterosea, it is quite challenging to spot the ideal angle to do her justice and represent her royal composure, for which she has received the well-deserved title of “Queen of the Sistiana nudibranchs”.

This picture was shot using a Snooty snoot, a tool which was imagined and produced by the outstanding underwater photographer Fabio Iardino and is the final and most successful shot among a series dedicated to the small yet precious animal.

Location:  Sistiana, Italy

Equipment Used: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Camera, Canon 100 2.8 L Macro IS Lens, Hugyfot Housing, Inon Z-330, Snooty Snoot, Subsee +5

 Camera Settings: 1/250, F22, ISO 100


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