Highly Commended - Out of the Blue: HRH The Prince of Wales's Commonwealth Environmental Photography Awards. November 2015.
Nature's Assets Category.
“Your image will be displayed in the Out of the Blue Exhibition in Malta during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting from the 22nd of November. Your caption will be included in the Exhibition and the Exhibition Book as part of efforts to communicate the importance and value of the Commonwealth's oceans and coasts and to convey the need for them to be properly managed and protected.”
Above this beautiful, clear blue expanse, the ocean was wild. The swell was a good two metres and conditions were challenging to say the least. I was freediving in the remote, turquoise waters off Bimini, hoping to capture some cetacean behavioural images.
Out of the blue, a baby Atlantic spotted dolphin appeared; inquisitive, playful and completely trusting of my presence. Dolphin action is always fast-paced and lively. They are extremely intelligent, charismatic creatures and one of my favourites to interact with; not least because they spin rings around you!
Working with the swell at the surface, I wanted to capture an image with a hint of the topside turbulence. An alternative view which illustrates that this serenity underwater is up to us to protect. And that we land-inhabiting custodians are becoming increasingly aware of the fragile balance in hand.
15mm fisheye lens @ 1/200 secs. f/9.0 ISO 200. Natural Light
Also exhibited in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum in the Out of the Blue Exhibition.
Also published in the Winter 2016 edition of 'In Focus'. Through Snell's Window (an interview with Joss Woolf).
Showcased in my first solo exhibition 'Drops in the Ocean' - hosted by The Press Room gallery & cafe in Surbiton, London.
July - August 2017
This image of a baby dolphin appears in the Open Ocean series on big animals.
Location: Open Ocean, Bimini, The Bahamas
Photographer: Laura Storm