German Wins Environmental Photographer of the Year 2010

Posted by David Ozanich — 24 Sep 2010

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Above is the winning photograph, by Florian Schulz of Germany, at the Environmental Photographer of the Year 2010 awards. Can you tell what it is? Why, yes, it’s THOUSANDS of devil rays swimming in formation off the coast of Baja California in Mexico. Eek, am I the only one who finds it sort of creepy?

Schulz tells the Daily Mail:

'During an aerial expedition I came across something I had never seen before. Not even my pilot, who has surveyed this area for 20 years, had seen anything like it.    

'As we got closer we started to discover its nature: an unprecedented congregation of rays. The group was as thick as it was wide, all heading towards the same direction.

'I have asked around why this took place but no one has been able to explain it to me.
'After such a unique sighting, I realise there are so many marvels in the oceans that we are yet to understand.   Our knowledge of the oceans is so limited. I just hope that we are in time to rescue it before it collapses from pollution and over fishing.' 

Winning photographs are being displayed at London’s Air Gallery from October 25th-30th. A couple more of the top photographs are below. More information on the awards can be found here.

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