WPY 2011

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2011

Underwater Worlds

Alex Tattersall, UK

Lion among the shoal

At the end of a shore dive at Marsa Nakari, Egypt, Alex encountered a huge shoal of baitfish. Sensing a photographic opportunity, he rushed out of the sea, got a fresh tank of air and re-entered the water 'The shimmering ball of fish,' says Alex, 'swallowed up my next three hours.' Local predators soon arrived, including a common lionfish, which lunged at the baitball, picking off individuals. Alex concentrated on highlighting the contrast between the striking, venomous lionfish and the silvery shoal. 'This photograph,' says Alex, 'represents a turning point in my life because that trip motivated me into setting up my own underwater-photography company.'

Technical specification

Canon 500D + 10-22mm lens; 1/64 sec at f11; ISO 100; two Inon Z240 strobes; Patima housing.


Marsa Nakari, Egypt: latitude 25.071487, longitude 34.89588 Marsa Nakari, Egypt: latitude 25.071487, longitude 34.89588

Marsa Nakari, Egypt