Ocean Art 2022 - 2nd Place Wide Angle

2nd Place Wide Angle

 Daniel Nicholson

"The Hunt"


Daniel Nicholson won a 9-day trip to the Socorro Islands aboard the Solmar V.


The Story: A grey reef shark parts the tide of bait fish. In a very rare occurrence, a large shiver of sharks had herded this school of bait fish into the shallow passageways of the Ningaloo Reef. With the fish trapped here, nearly a hundred sharks spent hours in a feeding frenzy. After swimming around this bait ball for nearly an hour, I finally plucked up the courage to dive into the middle of it.  Being in its midst was electrifying, with sharks darting in every direction whilst hunting. I had only fractions of a second to capture this shot, as the shark sped past me less than a metre away, intent on its next mouthful of fish.

Location: Big Blue Dive Site, Ningaloo Reef, Australia

Equipment Used: Sony A7R III, Tamron 17-28mm D2.8 Lens, Seafrog Hhousing with 8" Dome Port

Camera Settings: ISO 640, F6.3, 1/640 sec


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