WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016

Black and White

Dániel Selmeczi, Hungary

The sardine round-up

For 10 days Dániel bounced over huge waves in his dingy, scanning the horizon for diving gannets feasting on the sardine run. ‘Several times I jumped in to find all that was left was scales,’ he says. Finally he was lucky, catching the moment shadowy predators corralled their prey into a backlit swirl against the overhead clouds.

During the sardine run, millions migrate along the east coast of southern Africa, attracting a host of predators. Here a family of common dolphins makes short work of a ball of sardines, working together to drive the fish to the surface. With overfishing and warming waters, the sardine run is becoming less predictable each year.

Technical specification

Nikon D300; Tokina 10-17mm f3.5-4.5 lens; 1/250 sec at f8; ISO 200; Subal housing; two Ikelite DS161 strobes.


Near Port St Johns, South Africa: latitude -31.642752, longitude 29.544973 Near Port St Johns, South Africa: latitude -31.642752, longitude 29.544973

Near Port St Johns, South Africa

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Dániel Selmeczi

Dániel Selmeczi, Hungary

Coming from landlocked Hungary, Dániel’s love of diving began at a later age, but since then he has not looked back. He has led expeditions to some of the world's most exotic places, including the Cocos Islands, Guadeloupe and Raja Ampat. He has been a member of the Photographers' Association of Hungary since 2008 as well as the Hungarian Nature Photographers Association (naturArt).