Ocean Art 2022 - 3rd Place Black & White

3rd Place Black & White

Piers Baillie




Piers Baillie won a Bluewater Photo or Bluewater Travel Gift Certificate!



The Story: During the COVID pandemic, busy dive sites around the world became empty of divers, as was the case in Koh Tao - a first for the island in over 20 years. A small group of passionate photographers quickly realised this would be a once in a life time opportunity to get amongst the action. More importantly, there was an opportunity for a new story to be told. As a marine biologist and founder of a conservation organisation, the latter was at the epicentre of every shot I lined up. What caught my attention was the more uniform shapes of schooling fish - completely undisturbed. Returning to the same school of bigeye snappers for three consecutive days, I waited patiently until a perfect ball formed. As is often the case, it was the final shot of the day that delivered the perfect shape.

Location: Chumphon Pinnacle, Koh Tao, Thailand

Equipment Used: Sony RX100, Nauticam Housing, Dual Inon Z330, AOI UWL-400 Wet Lens.

Camera Settings: ISO 200, F7.1, 1/80 sec


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