This years Grand Prize winner of the 2020 Audubon Photography Awards goes to Joanna Lentini for her beautiful image of a Double-crested Cormorant! She captured her image with a Nauticam NA-7DMKII housing for the Canon 7D Mark II. For more information on the equipment used and how she got the shot please see the behind the scenes video.
Double-crested Cormorant, Los Islotes, Mexico,
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye lens; 1/640, f/6.3, ISO 320
Story Behind the Shot:
I’ve spent many hours underwater at this California sea lion rookery in the Bay of La Paz, but I had never before encountered diving cormorants there. Shifting my focus from the playful sea lions, I watched in awe as the cormorants plunged beak-first into the sea to snap at the sardines swimming by. Although I spent a long time admiring these birds, I didn’t see a single one catch a fish. Adding insult to injury, curious sea lion pups would zip by the hunting birds and nip at them from behind.
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