WPY 2015

Photograph Details

Finalist 2015

Amphibians and Reptiles

David Doubilet, USA

Turtle flight

As this hawksbill turtle swam past, David angled his camera to set its amber underside against the rich blue water. His intent was ‘to connect people with the ocean’s incredible beauty and its silent devastation’. Framed by a backdrop of barracuda and batfish, he used a slow shutter speed to capture this hawksbill soaring through its realm. As far back as the Ancient Greeks, the hawksbill’s glossy, colourful shell has been the sole source of commercial tortoiseshell, prized for jewellery and spectacle frames. Now critically endangered, the species is still threatened by an illegal trade for its shell as well as its eggs, meat and juveniles, which are stuffed as exotic gifts.

Technical specification

Nikon D3 + 17-35mm f2.8 lens at 17mm; 1/13 sec at f22; ISO 320; Seacam housing; Sea & Sea YS-250 strobes.


Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea: latitude -5.406554, longitude 150.16217 Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea: latitude -5.406554, longitude 150.16217

Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea

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