WPY 2015

Photograph Details

Finalist 2015

Under Water

Cristobal Serrano, Spain

Rhythm of the blues

‘I especially wanted a view looking down at them,’ explains Cristobal, ‘to illustrate the beautiful, sinuous movement that characterises their elegant swimming style’. Cristobal encountered these two blue sharks with their attendant pilot fish on a clear sunny day, where shark-migration researchers had submerged a container of bait. Blue sharks are among the fastest sharks. They can also travel vast distances – commonly up to 3,000 kilometres – utilising major currents, such as the Gulf Stream, to undertake their clockwise transatlantic migrations. They are one of the most heavily fished sharks in the world, highly prized for their large fins, used in soups.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 16-35mm f2.8 lens at 16mm; 1/125 sec at f7.1; ISO 500; Seacam housing.

Faial Island, the Azores, Portugal: latitude 38.520233, longitude -29.072567 Faial Island, the Azores, Portugal: latitude 38.520233, longitude -29.072567

Faial Island, the Azores, Portugal

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Cristobal Serrano

Cristobal Serrano, Spain

Cristobal's passion for photography stemmed from his early love of nature and a desire to transmit knowledge and understanding to promote the conservation of the living world. All of his photographic work has a common concept, summarised as 'the art of creation is the art of nature'.

  • The Ice Pool
  • Bed of Seals