Golden Medusa - AKP010
The Papuan jellyfish (Mastigias papua), nicknamed the Golden Medusa, photographed at night in a jellyfish lake in Raja Ampat.
I saw these jellyfish in a jellyfish lake whilst on recent dive trip in Raja Ampat. We visited the area in the late afternoon and due to a saltwater crocodile sighting in the area only days before, we weren’t able to swim in the water. The subject was stunning and I knew I wanted to try photograph the jellies in darkness. Later that night, I organised another mission to return to the location. No swimming allowed, I was able to get this shot by hanging my body over the side of the boat while the crew of the boat were spotting for any possible crocodile.
Australian Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year 'Animal Portrait' - Finalist