One Cool Thing: Underwater Creation

Image: marsupium photography via Wikimedia Commons

Last month, 50,000 images from 90 countries entered National Geographic’s 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Among the many breathtaking photos of a living planet fighting against climate change, a winner has finally been chosen. 


French underwater photographer Laurent Ballesta has been awarded Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 for his photo of camouflage groupers exiting a cloud of eggs and sperm in Fakarava, French Polynesia. The image, titled Creation,is “a compelling reminder of what we stand to lose if we do not address humanity’s impact on our planet,” said London Natural History Museum Director Doug Gurr. To capture the image, Ballesta designed an unprecedented diving protocol that allowed him to stay 65 feet underwater for 24 hours, waiting to catch the perfect shot of the groupers.


You can view the incredible photograph online and see more of Ballesta’s images, as well as entries from other honorees.

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