WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2018

Under Water

Wayne Jones, Australia

Glass-House Guard

A yellow pygmy goby floats inside its human-made home: a discarded bottle lying on the seabed. Wayne set up his camera a few centimetres from the bottle’s narrow opening, and focused on the goby’s arresting, bulging blue eyes. The movement of the fish blurred the rest of its features into a haze of yellow.

Usually found in breeding pairs, the tiny and colourful yellow pygmy goby often inhabits old worm holes or empty bottles or cans. In this temporary home, the female lays several batches of eggs, while the male takes on guard duty to defend its spawn from intruders. Plastic is an increasing feature of its marine environment.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + 100mm f2.8 lens + Nauticam super macro converter (SMC-1); 1/200 sec at f8; ISO 200; Nauticam housing; Two Sea & Sea strobes


Heidi's dive site, Anilao, Mabini, Philippines : latitude 13.689, longitude 120.903 Heidi's dive site, Anilao, Mabini, Philippines : latitude 13.689, longitude 120.903

Heidi's dive site, Anilao, Mabini, Philippines

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Wayne Jones

Wayne Jones, Australia

Wayne was born in the small coastal town of Albany, western Australia. His schooling led him to diving and photography. After a long hiatus he found himself in the Philippines, where he rekindled his passion for the underwater world. With his partner he now runs the Anilao Photo Academy, which strives for underwater photography creativity and excellence.