Alex Mustard - There Is Treasure Everywhere


I suspect that it has not escaped the attention of many readers of this blog that tonight is the Award Ceremony of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015. And with that in mind I have not intention of posting a photo that I believe is photographically interesting today, because I am sure it will look rather pedestrian in a few hours time (when the winners are released).

Instead I have chosen to share a picture that reminds me that satisfaction from photography comes in many forms and not just from collecting gongs. This rather ordinary picture is one of my favourites from the last couple of years because it shows a new species. The underwater world is less explored than land and as such it is fairly common to photographed undescribed species. What makes this “unicorn blenny” exciting is that it was not snapped on some remote frontier, but in shallow water on the Red Sea Riviera, some of the most visited underwater Realestate in the world. It is a great reminder that it is always worth taking a closer look at nature. The pictures may not win plaudits, but they will certainly be ones that you will treasure.

Location: Egypt. Red Sea

Tags: Alex Mustard, coral reef, egypt, red sea, underwater

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  1. Werner said:

    13/10/2015 08:44

    Congratulations, Alex! Not only a new species, but also a touching image. This tiny creature looks like from another world...

  2. Angel Fitor said:

    13/10/2015 10:17

    It is probably my love to blennies and other unsung creatures, my alergy to a mediatized world, my unhealthy inclination to poetry, and my "old-fashioned" concept of photography, that are making me seeing this image like a fantastic photograph. But do not trust me Alex, I am probably wrong...