Ocean Art 2023 - 2nd Place Wide Angle

2nd Place Wide Angle

Ines Goovaerts

"Spinner Stampede"




Ines Goovaerts won an 8-day/7-night dive package aboard the Turks & Caicos Explorer II
in the Turks & Caicos Islands from Explorer Ventures Fleet!


The Story: 

While on assignment in Marsa Alam, Egypt I was fortunate to capture this family portrait of a local pod of nearly hundred majestic spinner dolphins. Known for their acrobatic displays, they exhibit intricate social behaviors that strengthen group cohesion and communication, indicating a high level of social intelligence. While respecting their boundaries, I observed and photographed the pod coming in for a closer look at that strange human object hovering in front of them, resulting in this photograph. Ever so thrilled I was seeing the capture afterwards. A mind-blowing, emotional and humble encounter never to forget. One of those precious and ever so intriguing ocean moments where you forget who is actually investigating who.


Sataya Reef, Marsa Alam, Egypt

Equipment Used: 

Camera Settings: 

  • Aperture: F5.6
  • Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec
  • ISO: 100



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