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Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY2019) – Macro runner up

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UPY2019 – macro runner up

Credit name: Flavio Vailati/UPY 2019

Nationality: Italy
Image caption: Inside the eggs
Country taken: Philippines
Location: Anilao
Camera make: ReflexNikon D500
Lens: Nikon 105 micro and subsee + 10
ISO: 100
Aperture: f22
Shutter: 1/250
Lighting used: Sea&Sea YS-D2 and Retra snoot
Housing: Nauticam NA D500

Flavio said: “I went to the Philippines to photograph these critters. I had already seen this nudibranch on these eggs but to make this shot I had to wait for it to position itself in the point that I had imagined. While I was waiting I prepared the snoot on my flash and my additional lens. I had only one shot because although slow, it moved quickly enough!”

Judge's comments

Perfect composition and framed against the stark black background. However it's the contrast of white on black which attracts the eye again and again every time this particular image popped up to greet us. The colour of the nudibranch was sufficiently bright enough to raise our senses again and again as it proceeded through the competition. The soft delicate treatment of the snooted flash is also very well managed.
Martin Edge

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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