I will be awarded as highly commended in the next edition of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year #WPY59 with this photo "DEATH IN WAITING".
The award ceremony will take place in London next October 10 at Natural History Museum but it is already available in a preview of 16 selected photos awarded.
This picture was taken in Rijeka, Croatia and represents a Mediterranean Stargazer (Uranoscopus scaber).
This is not a rare encounter in the Mediterranean Sea but this species is not easy to spot as it stays mostly buried in the sand the only elements emerging from the sea floor are its eyes, which seem looking towards the sky, hence its name.
It is an incredible fish with remarkable superpowers: it is almost invisible, perfectly camouflaged, has a strange, worm-shaped tongue which it uses to attract his prays.
It then swallows them so fast they have no time to react. This fish has also poisonous thorns and can even release electric shocks!
I wanted to represent this amazing specimen by enhancing its scary features, as a lurking predator, and to convey this tense atmosphere.
The result is a sort of ghostly face that emerges from a curtain of water.
The feeling is that something terrible is about to happen, and in fact for its prey it is.
Find out more and and take a look at the other 15 preview photos of #WPY59 in this article published on BBC >>> in this article published on BBC >>> https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-66604630?fbclid=IwAR0-GyV1VIF9gXkdA85wdGQZ1rtL4V8HvtUoKuizVKMXlFwCFmQBo3hx_No