ANIMAL PORTRAIT – Runner–up
On a night dive, I caught a glimpse of a colourful Squid in the beam of my torch. As I swam closer to observe, it maintained its position and began to flash different colours in an amazing display. I shot a couple of frames and swam off to give the Squid a break from my bright strobes, but it followed me for almost 10 minutes, approaching closely, flashing, then retreating multiple times. I couldn’t help but feel I had forged a brief but fascinating bond with this intelligent animal.
Triton Bay, West Papua Province, Indonesia
Nikon D2X, Nikkor 60mm macro, 1/60, f22, Subal ND2 underwater housing, 2 Inon Z-240 strobesby Jeff Yonover, Portland, Oregon, USA