In the UK’s annual photography competition, a photograph of a crab seal spinning around an iceberg has earned French photographer Greg Lecoeur the title of underwater photographer of the year,media reported. Lecoeur is understood to have taken the photo in the waters off Antarctica, called Frozen Mobile Home.
There, he took aim at the marine life that lives inside and around the iceberg, known as the “mobile home.”
“Icebergs that carry nutrients from land not only make marine life flourish, but also provide homes for large animals such as these crab-eating seals,” Lecoeur said in a statement. “
Lecoeur’s photographs are understood to have stood out among 5,500 photos submitted by underwater photographers from 70 countries.
Pasquale Vassallo, on the other hand, won marine conservation photographer of the year for his last dawn, last gasp, Gasp. This photo was taken in the Mediterranean Sea near his hometown of Naples, Italy. In the photo, a tuna is being towed into a fishing boat.
“The oceans face many threats, including climate change, overfishing and plastic pollution,” Alexander Mustard, president of the competition, said in a statement. “
In addition, Australian photographer Anita Kainrath was nominated for Up and Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year for Shark Nursery, pictured with a small lemon shark in a mangrove tree in the Bahamas Swimming in the forest.