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Underwater Photo Contest Entries By Jan Messersmith

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Mantis Shrimp found on the port wing of The Green Dragon B-25 bomber at Madang
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Spinecheek Anemonefish (Amphiprion biaculatus) living in a Bulb Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor).
Gymnothorax javanicus. I've got hundreds of Moray images. This is my personal favourite.
A Spotfin Lionfish (Pterois antennata) At Magic Pasage near Madang, Papua New Guinea.
Mantis Shrimp caught in the open at Pig Island near Madang. Check my post at click here for more information and additional images.
Yellow Spotted Sweetlips at the bottom of Magic Pasage, Madang, Papua New Guinea. Taken with an old Ikelite housing that held a disposable flash camera. Massaged with Photoshop watercolour filter.
Yellow Spotted Sweetlips at Magic Passage, Madang, Papua New Guinea. Olympus C8080/PT-023.
These things stand out like bright yellow lights. They especially like walls. Kranket Wall, Madang, Papua New Guinea. Olympus C8080/PT-023.
Needs a shave, I'd say. Stonefish at The Eel Garden, Pig Island, Madang, Papua New Guinea. Olympus C8080/Pt-023.
They are SO hard to see. Some of the best camoglage in the sea. Stonefish at The Eel Garden, Pig Island, Madang, Papua New Guinea. Olympus C8080/Pt-023.
Sneaking up on the Spotted Garden Eel usually doesn't work. How long can you hold your breath? Magic Passage, Madang, Papua New Guinea. Olympus C8080/PT-023.
What a lovely name has the Spothead Grubfish. At least it poses nicely. Pig Passage, Pig Island, Madang, Papua New Guinea. Olympus C8080/PT-023.
If it weren't for the big white dots, you'd probably never see this one. Sek Island wall, Madang, Papua New Guinea. Olympus C8080/PT-023.
How it got itself so tangled up in the staghorn coral is a wonder. Mililat Passage, Madang, Papua New Guinea. Olympus C8080/PT-023.
Grandmother called this a 'sea pincushion'. Dallman passage, Madang, Papua New Guinea. Olympus C8080/PT-023
Yet another gumdrop. Mmmmm, licorice and vanilla! Wongat Island, North Point, Madang, Papua New Guinea. Olympus C8080/PT-023.
"Purple Lips" The Eel Garden, Pig Island, Madang, Papua New Guinea. Olympus C8080/PT-023.
Bluefin Trevally. They seem very inquisitive about who is visiting their reefs. We don't mind them hanging around, because they are so pretty.
Air trapped inside the roof of the bridge of the Henry Leith. Wongat Island, Madang, Papua New Guinea. Olympus C8080/PT-023.
Gumdrop o' the sea. Mililat Passage, Madang, Papua New Guinea. Olympus C8080/PT-023.
Fishy highway in the sky. Magic Passage, Madang, Papua New Guinea. Olympus C8080/PT-023.
The Hawkfish should probably be called the English Sparrowfish instead, because they are so common everywhere. Leper Island, ocean side, Madang, Papua New Guinea. Olympus C8080/PT-023.
Goby and partner shrimp, Mililat Passage, Madang, Papua New Guinea. This was the first time I'd noticed a commensal shrimp carefully placing rocks at the entrance instead of just bulldozing sand out of the hole. Olympus C8080/PT-023.
These Fusiliers like to hang out under the wing of the B-25 bomber at Wongat Island, Madang, Papua New Guinea. Olympus C8080/PT-023.
The old shiny sunglasses trick. A dive buddy on the deck of Faded Glory. Madang, Papua New Guinea.
Silver Medal Silver Medal 2005

editor's comments

Editor's Comment
This is how you do this type of shot!
The Freckled Hawkfish are thick as flies on the reefs. It's an easy beginner's fish for photography, because they pose without complaint. There are several subspecies here or there is much variation in coloration. This one is more red than most.
At the B-25 Bomber, Wongat Island, Madang, Papua New Guinea. This Coral Trout was under the wing. Olympus C8080/PT-023.
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