Silver / 2018 / Nature / Underwater

Fiery Skies

  • Prize
    Silver in Nature/Underwater
  • Photographer
    Mok Wai Hoe

The moment when the setting sun touched the horizon, the sky was lit with a golden hue. It painted a spectacular backdrop for pelagic silky sharks that came out to hunt. Whereas silky sharks are classified as near-threatened due to shark-finning and bycatch, they are aplenty in the marine sanctuary of Jardines de la Reina, Cuba.It was a stroke of good fortune that the sea was calm, which allowed the sunrays to pierce distinctly through the water. I wanted to capture the grace of the silky sharks, in contrast with the dramatic setting sun. I was under a lot of time pressure take the shots. As the window of the golden light shrunk, the boatman was hurrying me to exit the water. Shark waters can be dangerous on the surface when it gets dark. Given what time that could be afforded to me, I took this series of pictures.

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.