WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Winner 2017

Under Water

Anthony Berberian, France

The jellyfish jockey

Late at night, in the open ocean, Anthony dives in water more than 2,000 metres deep. His aim is to photograph tiny deep sea creatures that migrate to the surface under the cover of darkness to feed. Coming across this pair one night, it took many shots to get the right composition – a rare glimpse of these creatures in their natural surroundings.

This phyllosoma, a lobster larva, is just 1.2 centimetres across. With a flattened body and eyes on stalks, its spindly legs grip the empty bell of a small dead jellyfish, a mauve stinger. When alive, this jellyfish glows in the dark and has a nasty sting. The little hitchhiker probably ate the jellyfish’s tentacles and now gets a free ride in the ocean current.

Technical specification

Nikon D810; 60mm f2.8 lens; 1/250 sec at f22 (−0.3 e/v); ISO 64; Nauticam housing and Nauticam SMC-1 super-macro converter; Inon Z-240 strobes.


Tahiti, French Polynesia: latitude -17.65436, longitude -149.42642 Tahiti, French Polynesia: latitude -17.65436, longitude -149.42642

Tahiti, French Polynesia

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Anthony Berberian

Anthony Berberian, France

Anthony is a medical doctor working in Tahiti. He is also a professional diver who specialises in scientific diving. He has taken part in several international biodiversity-focused expeditions, as a doctor and diver, to discover and document new species.