THE GARDEN OF EELS
DAVID DOUBILET, USA Winner,UnderWater
The colony of garden eels in the Philippines was one of the largest David had ever seen, at least two-thirds the size of a football field. These warm-water relatives of conger eels are extremely shy, vanishing into their sandy burrows the moment they sense anything unfamiliar. David placed his remote camera just within the colony, then retreated to the cover of a nearby shipwreck. After spending several days studying the eels’ rhythms and the paths of light, he spotted a wrasse leading a slender cornetfish through the swaying forms – and he had his shot.