Ocean Art 2023 - 3rd Place Portrait

3rd Place Portrait

Jules Casey

"Fresh Start"



Jules Casey won a week long dive package with Kusu Isalnd Resort in Lauku, Indonesia!


The Story: 

Every year thousands of Giant Spider Crabs come into Port Phillip Bay for their annual molt. They gather in large numbers and shed their old exoskeletons. Once molted they double in size while their new shell hardens over the next couple of days. During this time, they are vulnerable to predators, so they gather tightly in large numbers to reduce the risk of being eaten. This freshly molted Giant Spider Crab stands in front of a group of crabs yet to molt, allowing me the opportunity to take a portrait shot. 


Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia

Equipment Used: 

Camera Settings: 

  • Aperture: F9.0
  • Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec
  • ISO: 250



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