Wildlife Photographer of the Year: the reality of a sewage surfer | Natural History Museum - Lake Harding Association

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year: the reality of a sewage surfer | Natural History Museum

By Micah Moen 3 Comments December 4, 2019


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
things

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eXplorer

Fantastic video! I love looking earth, explore and decompress…

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Dentje

What we're doing with our environment is not cute

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Alex S.

All the finalists in WPOTY 53 are special in their own way, but this is the one that, to my mind, sums up exactly what I admire most about these awards. Artistically and technically, it's a striking photo — composition, colour balance, artistic effect, etc. It's more than a pretty picture, though. It tells a meaningful story, one that's both sad and a clarion call to action. I doubt it will win, but if I had a vote, this is the one I would choose. And, no, I'm not a member of the NHM, and I don't know Justin Hofman, and most of the time I couldn't tell a seahorse from a jellyfish. It's simply that, of an amazing group of finalists, this is the one that jumped out at me.

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