WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016

Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish

Jordi Chias Pujol, Spain

Battle of the big fish

The altercation between the dusky groupers started out mildly enough, but soon escalated into a violent attack. The rivals were so absorbed with battling each other they ignored Jordi. He was able to approach, manoeuvre into position and frame his shot – capturing the drama against the reef and the shoal of peaceful ornate wrasse.

All dusky groupers develop initially as females with some then turning into males as they grow larger and older. These complex reproductive habits and its slow growth rate mean this endangered species is particularly at risk. In recent decades commercial and spearfishing has caused dramatic declines.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark III; 17-40mm f4 lens at 17mm; 1/125 sec at f11; ISO 320; Isotta housing; two Seacam 150D strobes.

The Azores, mid-Atlantic: latitude 37.224747, longitude -24.740679 The Azores, mid-Atlantic: latitude 37.224747, longitude -24.740679

The Azores, mid-Atlantic

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Jordi Chias Pujol, Spain

Jordi is a freelance photographer based in Barcelona. He specialises in photographing the underwater world, capturing both wildlife and human activity. His work has been published in magazines and books, and has been used by conservation organisations. His photography has also garnered awards in many competitions.

  • The shy crocodile
  • Ocean blues
  • It came from the gloom
  • Circle of life