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Rush Hour

  • Prize
    Gold in Nature/Underwater, 3rd Place winner in Nature
  • Photographer
    Mok Wai Hoe

Isla del Coco, or Cocos Island is a National Park off the shore of Costa
Rica. The marine ecosystem is locked in a time-capsule and everything is
huge; from the underwater currents to the biodensity of marine life. In
this photo, I encountered a 25 meter giant school of horse-eyed jack fish.
As I approached, a predator must have spooked the school from the
other side. The massive school suddenly swam towards me and before I
knew it, I was engulfed in this storm of silvery fish.

Mok Wai Hoe is a photo enthusiast with a special interest in underwater photography and marine life. A member of Ocean Artists Society, he has been placed in photography competitions, such as Sony World Photography Award, Ocean Geographic Photos of the Year and Our World Underwater, with his most notable accolade being the Master of Ocean Geographic Competition Wyland Award. His images have appeared in NatGeo online, Ocean Geographic, with a special feature of "OGX Emerging Pro Wildlife Photographer". In 2018, Mok was named Singapore Nature Photographer of the Year.

Awards Winner/ 1st Placing:
-International Photographer of the Year, 2018
-Ocean Geographic, Valerie Taylor CP Award, 2018
-ADEX Voice of the Ocean, Best of Show 2018
-NPSS Singapore Nature Photographer of the Year, 2018
-Ocean Geographic, Michael Aw M&P Award, 2017
-OG POTY, Master of Competition Wyland Award, 2013
-Ocean Geographic, Photo Journalist Award, 2013

​Runner-up/ 2nd Placing:
-Our World Underwater, 2017
-International Photography Awards, 2017
-Ocean Geographic, Photo Journalist Award, 2015 & 2014

3rd Placing:
-World Shootout Underwater, 2017
-PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, 2017

Hon. Mention/ Commended/ Finalist:
-Travel Photographer of the Year, 2019 &2018
-Ocean Art Contest 2019
-International Photography Awards, 2019
-Close-up Photographer of the Year, 2019
-Ocean Geographic, Michael Aw M&P Award, 2018
-Ocean Geographic, Stephen Frink S&P Award, 2018
-Sony World Photography Awards, 2017
-Siena International Awards, 2017
-Our World Underwater, 2017
-12th Black & White Spider Awards, 2017
-Ocean Geographic, Ernie Brookes B&W Award, 2015
-Ocean Geographic, Caden Wallace Seascape, 2015