Ocean Art 2023 - 3rd Place Underwater Conservation

3rd Place Underwater Conservation

Andrea Michelutti

"Plastic Bag"



Andrea Michelutti won a dive cruise with the winner's location of choice in Indonesia and 50% off for their companion aboard the S.M.Y. Ondina!

The Story: 

The coconut octopus is famous for being one of the few animals that can use tools. For instance, it often covers itself with shells that it uses as shields. However, this octopus encountered a plastic bag thrown into the sea, and took refuge in it, unaware that its transparency does not help it to escape predators. This is a sad symbol of the impact that humans have on the seas and the planet in general. I used the selective lighting of my snoot, held in front, to isolate the subject from the sandy bottom.


Puerto Galera, Mindoro, Philippines

Equipment Used: 

Camera Settings: 

  • Aperture: F11
  • Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec
  • ISO: 100



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