September 25, 2023
Underwater Photographer of the Yr 2023: Stunning picture of a playful dolphin wins competitors


A photograph of a river dolphin, or “boto,” seemingly posing for the digicam at nightfall, with the tip of its nostril above the water and the solar setting behind it, has received the 2023 Underwater Photographer of the Yr competitors.

Photographer Kat Zhou, from the US, captured the picture within the Amazon, the place there’s a legend amongst indigenous communities that the dolphins can rework into good-looking males often known as “boto encantado” at night time, in line with a information launch earlier this week.

The picture, which beat greater than 6,000 pictures submitted from 72 international locations, was hailed by the judges as one of the best image that they had seen of the species.

“Although I didn’t witness the transformation, I used to be enchanted by these lovely mammals otherwise,” Zhou mentioned within the launch.

“After seeing how botos would generally convey their beaks above water, I needed a break up shot at sundown. Although the water was so darkish that I used to be taking pictures blind, this dolphin gave me an ideal pose and smile.”

The somber picture of a humpback whale dying slowly, swimming away from the digicam with its tail entangled in ropes and a buoy received the Save Our Seas Basis Marine Conservation class.

Underwater Photographer of the Yr 2023: Stunning picture of a playful dolphin wins competitors

“Taking this {photograph} was the saddest second I’ve skilled within the ocean,” photographer Alvaro Herrero mentioned. “However I’m, not less than, blissful that I might seize this second and might now share it with the world and hopefully drive some actual adjustments.”

Different winners of particular person classes embody a shot of sting rays gliding over the sandy ocean ground, a whale shark feeding on a faculty of fish, an elephant’s curious trunk underwater, and embryonic fish nonetheless hooked up to their egg sacs, because the images show the brutality, magnificence and generally other-worldly nature of marine life.

A number of the profitable and extremely counseled pictures may be seen within the gallery above, whereas all 130 shortlisted pictures can be found to view on the competitors’s web site.