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Daily Telegraph: Shell Wildlife Photographer winners reveal nature’s grand illusions

Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest

A silky shark closes in on a pilot fish. Pilot fish often swim in front of sharks to feed on scraps

By Gordon Rayner
Last Updated: 12:01am BST 29/09/2007

The subject matter may be familiar, but this stunning image of a shark beautifully captures nature’s infinite ability to surprise and delight us.
 
In pictures: Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The photograph has been highly commended by judges in the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The overall winners will be announced next month before an exhibition of more than 100 of the best entries goes on display at the Natural History Museum in London.

The competition attracted 32,000 entries from 78 countries, including a striking picture of a Californian sea lion taken by 18-year-old Tom Steele, from Bramhall, Cheshire, at a local wildlife park. He said: “I picked a moving animal to give a creative edge. The sea lion emerged swimming on its back. It looks as if its mouth is open, but that’s an illusion.”

The picture of a silky shark closing in on a pilot fish was taken in the Red Sea by Len Deeley, a keen diver, from Godalming in Surrey.

Photograph copyright Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

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