Silver / 2016 / Nature / Underwater

Split In Paradise

  • Prize
    Silver in Nature/Underwater
  • Photographer
    Renee Grinnell Capozzola

A series of "over-unders" or "split shots" taken in one of Moorea's majestic lagoons where rays and sharks can be seen swimming beautifully together. These images were taken in camera and are not composites. While shooting, it helps to utilize a wide angle lens and large dome port -- and takes a lot of patience to get the timing right! It is my hope that images like these will inspire others to help protect marine ecosystems.

Growing up in Southern California, the ocean has always been a large part of my life. Since 2004, I have traveled across the globe, diving in some of the most remote parts of the world. With my many dive travels, I have developed a true passion and appreciation for marine organisms. I believe underwater photographers help employ constructive change for our deteriorating seas through the use of striking images. With my pictures, I hope to increase the awareness of our fragile marine ecosystems and encourage others to help protect our oceans.