Tony Wu photograph titled 'Snapper party' was the winner of the USA's Wildlife Photographer of the year competition in the Underwater section. For several days each month (in tandem with the full moon), thousands of two‑spot red snappers gather to spawn around Palau in the western Pacific Ocean. The action is intense as the fish fill the water with sperm, eggs, and predators arrive to take advantage of the bounty. Having read about the drama, Tony couldn’t understand why there were so few photos of it – until he hit the water there for the first time, in 2012. The currents were unrelenting – ideal for eggs to be swept swiftly away but a struggle for him to keep up with the fast‑moving fish. Also, the light was low, and the water was clouded with sperm, eggs. That first attempt failed, but he has returned every year to try to capture the event. Noticing that the spawning ran ‘like a chain reaction up, down the mass of fish’, his success finally came when he positioned himself so that the action came to him. Rewarded with a grandstand view, he was intrigued to see that the fish rapidly changed colour during mating from their standard red to a multitude of hues, patterns. Even their characteristic two white spots, close to the dorsal fin on their back, seemed to fade, reappear. On this occasion, with perfect anticipation, he managed to capture a dynamic arc of spawning fish amid clouds of eggs in the oblique morning light. Still obsessed by the dynamics, magnitude of this natural wonder, he will be returning to Palau next April to witness once again the spectacular snapper party. Tony Wu's equipment includes: Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 15mm f2.8 lens, 1/200 sec at f9, ISO 640, Zillion housing , Pro One optical dome port. - © Tony Wu Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Under Water winner - - Wednesday 19th October 2016 (1 Picture)
For Several Days Each Month (in Tandem With The Full Moon), Thousands Of Two‑spot Red Snappers Gather To Spawn Around Palau In The Western Pacific Ocean. The Action Is Intense As The Fish Fill The Water With Sperm, Eggs, And Predators Arrive To Take Advantage Of The Bounty. Having Read About The Drama, Tony Couldn’t Understand Why There Were So Few Photos Of It – Until He Hit The Water There For The First Time, In 2012. The Currents Were Unrelenting – Ideal For Eggs To Be Swept Swiftly Away But A Struggle For Him To Keep Up With The Fast‑moving Fish. Also, The Light Was Low, And The Water Was Clouded With Sperm, Eggs. That First Attempt Failed, But He Has Returned Every Year To Try To Capture The Event. Noticing That The Spawning Ran ‘like A Chain Reaction Up, Down The Mass Of Fish’, His Success Finally Came When He Positioned Himself So That The Action Came To Him. Rewarded With A Grandstand View, He Was Intrigued To See That The Fish Rapidly Changed Colour During Mating From Their Standard Red To A Multitude Of Hues, Patterns. Even Their Characteristic Two White Spots, Close To The Dorsal Fin On Their Back, Seemed To Fade, Reappear. On This Occasion, With Perfect Anticipation, He Managed To Capture A Dynamic Arc Of Spawning Fish Amid Clouds Of Eggs In The Oblique Morning Light. Still Obsessed By The Dynamics, Magnitude Of This Natural Wonder, He Will Be Returning To Palau Next April To Witness Once Again The Spectacular Snapper Party.
Canon Eos 5d Mark Iii + 15mm F2.8 Lens, 1/200 Sec At F9, Iso 640, Zillion Housing and Pro One Optical Dome Port.
Photo credit: Tony Wu/Wildlife Photographer of the Year/Supplied by
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