UPY2021 Up & Coming Category Runner Up




This is the second place in the newcomer category of UPY2021, the world competition for underwater photography.
Taken in August 2019 at Maya Lagoon, northern Ari Atoll, Maldives.

When I shoot the Maldivian sea, I sleep on a diving boat called Dive Safari and dive while moving around the scattered points. This photo was taken by snorkeling a manta ray that came to prey on plankton gathered in the stern light of a ship moored at night.

Manta inhales plankton while somersaulting in the water with his mouth wide open.
This photo was taken aiming at the manta ray rising toward the surface of the water.
The blue band in the upper right of the photo is the surface of the water illuminated by the light of the stern.