WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016


Scott Portelli, Australia

Collective courtship

Scott spent hours in the cold shallow waters capturing one of nature’s greatest events, the spawning of giant cuttlefish. In this aggregation, a line of suitors are poised in the background, waiting for a chance to mate with the female. Scott finally framed the ideal composition when the onlookers momentarily faced the same way.

Male giant cuttlefish, like these, can grow up to one metre long. They flicker colourful patterns to mesmerise and attract females. Small males are sneaky. They mimic female posture and colouring, going unnoticed in the group, then mate with the females when the larger males look away.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark III; 15mm f2.8 lens; 1/200 sec at f18; ISO 320; Seacam housing; two Ikelite DS161 strobes.

Whyalla, Australia: latitude -33.04858, longitude 137.5436 Whyalla, Australia: latitude -33.04858, longitude 137.5436

Whyalla, Australia

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Scott Portelli

Scott Portelli, Australia

Scott has travelled the world extensively, taking photographs in some of the most remote locations, including the Arctic, Antarctica, Galapagos, Azores, Africa and the South Pacific. He has been privileged to have encountered many creatures above and below the surface.