Ocean Art 2023 - Honorable Mention Blackwater

Honorable Mention Blackwater

Steven Kovacs

"Underwater Art"



Steven Kovacs won a bottle of Li Lé Blue Watersports Hair Care for Divers! 


The Story: 

I have seen many larval snails over the course of several years of blackwater diving, but on one particular dive in Manado, Indonesia this particular gastropod caught my eye.  I had never seen one so colorful and dazzling before.  The snail was in constant motion, but occasionally it would spread out symmetrically in full display for just a brief moment, displaying like a piece of underwater art.  As I photographed it for several minutes, I was fortunate enough to able to capture one such pose with this photograph.



Manado, Indonesia

Equipment Used: 

Camera Settings: 

  • Aperture: F29
  • Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec
  • ISO: 320



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