Wildlife Photographer of the Year: the reality of a sewage surfer | Natural History Museum
By Micah Moen
I took this image of a seahorse with a cotton bud in Indonesia at the island of Sulawesi. It’s a small reef, not too far away from
a town. We were snorkeling there and the reef was pretty good But as we were snorkeling there, the tide
started to turn and some the debris started to come in. This incredible composition came before my eyes and I knew I had to photograph it. I think the main reason why this image has impact is because everybody loves seahorses They are cute, they are beautiful little creatures and that catches your eye first and then you see that it is holding on to something and you don’t expect it to be a cotton bud.
Once you see that, it really changes the whole tone of the image. So, it’s a very impactful image because of this combination of two very different