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Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition 2006

Pigfish in kelp
Highly commended - The Underwater World
Ross Armstrong
New Zealand

Pig fish by Ross Armstrong


Viewed from above, dense kelp beds appear full of menace, hiding any number of fearsome creatures. Ross, though, loves to explore these mysterious habitats. Ecklonia-kelp-coated reefs occur around the Poor Knights Islands off northeast New Zealand. 'I tried to find an exposed reef edge so I could get below the kelp,' says Ross. 'Looking upwards gives the feel of being in an underwater forest.' A curious female red pigfish swam back and forth, keeping an eye on the underwater intruder: 'It was the perfect contrast for my composition.'

Nikon D70 with Nikkor 12-24mm DX zoom lens; 1/250 sec at f8; 200 ISO; Nexus housing and two strobes.

The Natural History Museum’s Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is open to the public from Saturday 21 October 2006 – Sunday 29 April 2007.

The Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine, and is sponsored by Shell.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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