WINNER, PORTFOLIO PRIZE
Australian sea lion
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 portby Matthew Smith