TIFA 2021 Nature / Underwater


  • Prize
    Silver in Nature/Underwater
  • Photographer
    Matthew Bagley, Petrichor.Mb
  • Technical Info
    Canon R, Full Frame,, Aqua Tech Water Housing, Canon Rf 24-105 Lens. Colour Adjustment, Lens Correc
  • Photo Date
    Feb 2021

It's sometimes easy to forget the impact we can have on the environment and the creatures we share it with. I’d been free diving at night for sometime, searching for those moments of natural interactions. Using the alluring light of a dive torch, it’s always surprising what comes out of the darkness. This was a moment of curiosity when a baby squid ventured into the light and sat in the palm of my hand. Photographed in Phillip Island, Australia.

Hi. I’m looking for the perfect balance of light and composition. Those small moments in life where we feel perfectly connected to nature. Whether it be in a single breath dive, the morning light bouncing off the oceans surface or the darkness that comes before the moon. There is so much beauty that it’s hard to look past. Endlessly searching for those moments of natural interactions, I’m drawn to them. Not only to capture but to experience them.