10 of the finest
Appeared in DIVER November 2012
The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition always draws out spectacular underwater images – and the 2012 line-up is no exception
Bubble-Jetting Emperors, by Paul Nicklen (Canada). Winner, Underwater Worlds. Taken in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Nicklen positioned himself near a likely exit hole for the hunting penguins
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Turtle Gem, by Jordi Chias (Spain). Commended, Underwater Worlds. Green turtle seen off Armeñime, a small cove in southern Tenerife, a hotspot for the creatures
Midnight Feast, by Thomas P Peschak (Germany / South Africa). Commended, Underwater Worlds. Night-time shot of a young whale shark feeding near the surface in the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti, East Africa
Into The Mouth Of The Caiman, by Luciano Candisani (Brazil). Winner, Behaviour: Cold-blooded Animals. A yacare caiman waits for fish to come within snapping reach, in shallow, murky waters of Brazil’s Pantanal (the world’s biggest wetland).
The Lion Pack, by David Hall (USA). Commended, Underwater Worlds. Steller sea-lions off Hornby Island, British Columbia, in winter. The animals can grow to 4m long and weigh a tonne
The Eye Of The Baitball, by Cristóbal Serrano (Spain). Runner-up, Behaviour: Birds. A cormorant preys on a circling shoal of grunt in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico
Dive Robbers, by Jean Tresfon (South Africa). Commended, Behaviour: Birds. A gannet tries to swallow a herring as cormorants give chase, off Port St Johns on South Africa’s Wild Coast
Evening Rays, by Claudio Gazzaroli (Switzerland). Specially Commended, Underwater Worlds. Southern sting rays in North Sound, Grand Cayman
Father’s Little Mouthful, by Steven Kovacs (Canada). Commended, Behaviour: Cold-blooded Animals. A dusky jawfish father in Florida protects fertilised eggs in his mouth until they hatch.
Blast-Off, by Paul Nicklen (Canada). Runner-up, Underwater Worlds. An Antarctic emperor penguin aims to exit from the sea fast to avoid attack by lurking leopard seals.