WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2018

Under Water

Shane Gross, Canada

Beneath the Blue

Shane had looked for the Bahama cavefish many times since his first encounter, and found this one in the cold, clear depths of the marine cavern known as the Sapphire Blue Hole. The pool was tricky to reach, especially with heavy kit – it was encircled by a six-metre cliff. ‘I tied a rope to a tree and lowered my camera and diving gear,’ he says. ‘Then, I jumped!’

The Bahama cavefish, as its name suggests, lives only in the Bahamas in a dozen or so inland blue holes and caves, connected below ground to the sea. It moves between upper fresh water and salt water deeper down, feeding on small invertebrates such as shrimp. Almost blind, it’s rarely seen near the surface, living in the dark depths where it uses its sensory pores to navigate.

Technical specification

Nikon D500 + Tokina 10–17mm f3.5–4.5 lens at 11.5mm; 1/250 sec at f22; ISO 1000; Aquatica housing; Two Sea & Sea YS250 strobes

Sapphire Blue Hole, Eleuthera, Bahamas: latitude 25.553644, longitude -76.7057 Sapphire Blue Hole, Eleuthera, Bahamas: latitude 25.553644, longitude -76.7057

Sapphire Blue Hole, Eleuthera, Bahamas

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Shane Gross

Shane Gross, Canada

Shane is a Canadian marine conservation photojournalist currently based in The Bahamas. He feels most at home under the water, and tries to use his images to further the conservation of underwater places and species.

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