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Favourite Images of 2013

December 11, 2013

2013 is quickly coming to a close, and with the end approaching it is always nice to reminisce about the past year.  As photographers, it’s always great fun to peruse the images of the past year in order to remember good times and great dives at the same time, it’s like a mini year in review with photos!  This year, Luca and Mike would like to share our favourite 10 images of 2013, these are not necessarily our best images of the year but rather images that tell a story, have a good tale behind the taking, or just one that is emotionally investing for us for whatever reason.  Not all are taken underwater, sorry about that!  So without further ado, and in no particular order, our 10 favourite images of 2013:

Bali Waterfall:  We trekked up to this waterfall back in March just on a whim, we stopped at one waterfall and then decided to trek onto the second one even though it started to rain.  When we arrived at the lookout a young German woman who was staying with a local family was heading into the waterfall for a morning shower..perfect timing! (MV)

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Purple Frogfish:  Last March when in Lembeh Strait we found this purple frogfish with golden whiskers. One of the most beautiful frogfish I have ever seen. (LV)

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Sunbear:  This poor sunbear lives in the rehabilitation centre at Tasik Oki in north Sulawesi near Lembeh Strait.  He is an individual who was rescued from a horrible life in captivity, and is now living in a much better establishment, but will never have the chance to head back to the wild unfortunately. (MV)

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White-Lip Tree Frog:  I was in Ambon when one morning during breakfast we spotted this big tree frog in the garden. It let me approach this close to snap a picture. (LV)

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Coconut Octopus in a Coconut Shell:  I spent about one hour following this octopus as he/she wandered around the slopes of Puri Jati in North Bali and was able to capture quite a few images of it with its “home” shell once it became used to my presence. (MV)

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Blue Ring Octopus:  During our first dive at a relatively new and “secret” macro dive site in Bali, we stumbled upon 5 different frogfish and to our surprise this Blue Ring octopus, one of the most sought after subjects for underwater photographers. (LV)

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Fish Eagle:  This fish eagle is one of several residents at Horseshoe Bay in south Rinca Island in the Komodo National Park, this one pounced on some raw chicken skin on the surface of the water. (MV)

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Coral Reef:  This was taken during the first dive of our trip from Bali to Komodo last August. We were at Mayo Island during the afternoon and the conditions and light were perfect for shallow reef photography. (LV)

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Flat and Smooth:  It was one of those perfect mornings where the ocean surface was smooth as glass and it was difficult to tell where the water ended and the sky began, this boat was shadowing us as we made our way from to Menjangan Island, North Bali. (MV)

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Manta Ray and Diver:  I was on an assignment to shoot divers interacting with manta rays at Nusa Penida and the conditions were unfortunately not the best. However, there were several mantas in the area cruising up and down, when I saw this interaction in my viewfinder I knew it was a shot that could not miss. (LV)

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