Silky Sunset

PhotographerMok Wai Hoe
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

The moment when the setting sun touched the horizon, the sky was lid with a golden hue. It painted a spectacular backdrop for the pelagic silky sharks that came out to hunt. Whereas silky sharks are classified as near-threatened due to shark-finning and bycatch, they are aplenty in the marine sanctury of Jardines de la Reina, Cuba. I was under a lot of time pressure take the shots. As the window of the golden light shrunk, the boatman was hurrying me to exit the water. Shark waters can be dangerous on the surface when it gets dark. It was also too dangerous to navigate around shallow reefs after the sun sets. Given what time that could be afforded to me, I took this series of shots.

About Photographer

Mok Wai Hoe is a photo enthusiast with a special interest in underwater photography and marine life. He has been placed in photography competitions, such as Ocean Geographic Photos of the Year and Our World Underwater, with his most notable accolade being the Master of Ocean Geographic Competition Wyland Award. His images have appeared in several issues of Ocean Geographic, with a special feature of "OGX Emerging Pro Wildlife Photographer" in issue 35/16. In 2015, Mok was inducted into the Ocean Artists Society.