WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Runner-up 2010

Wildlife Photojournalist Award

Brian Skerry, United States of America

Scraping the bottom

The oceans are in deep trouble. We treat them as if their resources are infinite and their capacity to deal with whatever we throw into them is unlimited. But though millions of people depend on fish for protein, fish populations worldwide are crashing. This photo-story was shot to help raise awareness of the issues surrounding industrial fisheries - in particular, the methods used to gather fish and the rapidly dwindling stocks.

Technical specification

Nikon D2X + 16mm lens; 1/125 sec at f9; ISO 100; Subal housing; Sea & Sea YS90 strobes.


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