WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2018

Wildlife Photojournalism

Greg Lecoeur, France

Life Among Litter

‘The ocean is a victim of human activity,’ explains Greg. This frogfish couldn’t hide among the plastic, and the nearby frond of Sargassum seaweed was a far cry from the rafts of it that normally shelter this specialised species. Some people classify the mass of plastic carried on ocean currents as the seventh continent.

A master of camouflage and a voracious ambush predator, the frogfish normally stalks its prey through floating islands of brown Sargassum seaweed, using the lure on its head to entice prey. In recent decades, it has been forced to share its habitat with some of the 12.7 million tonnes of plastic that end up in the oceans each year. Reducing our usage is an obvious solution.

Technical specification

Nikon D7200 + Tokina 10–17mm lens; 1/250 sec at f11; ISO 100; Nauticam housing NAD7200; Two Ikelite DS161 strobes

Raja Ampat, Indonesia: latitude -0.497633, longitude 130.42693 Raja Ampat, Indonesia: latitude -0.497633, longitude 130.42693

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

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Greg Lecoeur

Greg Lecoeur, France

Greg fell in love with the sea during his childhood. The Mediterranean Sea became his favourite area and where he learned to scuba dive and photograph. Today he travels the world to live his childhood dream: immortalising marine life in its natural environment and sharing with the general public the beauty of nature, in order to preserve it.

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