Cross Dresser

WINNER, PORTFOLIO PRIZE

Giant cuttlefish

Sepia apama

Male cuttlefish posture and fight to mate with females. Three large males surround what they think is a female in the foreground, but they’ve been deceived. It’s a smaller male mimicking a female to avoid confrontation and sneak up on females unnoticed. His concertinaed and patterned nearside lower arm gives his sex away.

Whyalla, South Australia

Nikon D810, Nikkor 16–35mm f/4 VRII, 1/125, f/16, ISO 250, two INON Z240 strobes, Aquatica digital water housing and 9.25-inch glass port

by Matthew Smith