Australian Sea Lion Family Portrait

WINNER, PORTFOLIO PRIZE

Australian sea lion

Neophoca cinerea

Status: endangered

The endangered Australian sea lion is one of the most playful of all the pinnipeds. I waited until all the other snorkellers had exited the water and the high energy games calmed down. The sea lions settled and became comfortable with my presence enabling me to shoot this intimate family portrait. 

Hopkins Island, South Australia

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14–24mm f/2.8 ED, 1/250, f/16, ISO 800, two INON Z240 strobes, Aquatica digital water housing, homemade 16.8-inch acrylic port

by Matthew Smith