WPY 2013

Photograph Details

Commended 2013

World in Our Hands Award

Douglas Seifert, USA

The pull of a dugong

Douglas encountered this dugong in a sheltered, shallow bay on the Egyptian coast. It was eating seagrass, its principal food, moving itself along on its flippers rather than its whale-like tail, which it uses for swimming. Every few minutes, after two metres or so of grazing, it would swim to the surface, open its nostrils and take several deep breaths. 'I approached him very slowly to gain his trust,' says Douglas, who took his portrait by lying flat on the sea floor. What struck him was the power of the dugong's muscular snout. It was obvious why the local dive operators had christened this particular individual Dyson: as it cropped the seagrass, it looked as if it was sucking it up with industrial power.

Technical specification

Nikon D800 + 15mm fisheye f2.8 lens; 1/320 sec at f16; ISO 640; Nauticam housing; two INON z-220 strobes.

Marsa Alam, Egypt: latitude 25.0667, longitude 34.9 Marsa Alam, Egypt: latitude 25.0667, longitude 34.9

Marsa Alam, Egypt

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