Finalist Conservation (Impact) Photographer of the Year
Judith van de Griendt Azores, Portugal
A Bryde’s whale trailing a discarded fishing net of at least 12 metres. "We knew the whale's only chance of survival was for us to cut the net with a knife while freediving," says photographer Judith van de Griendt. "We felt helpless and emotional when, after a couple of attempts, we had to decide to let the whale go."
BEHIND THE LENS
Judith van de Griendt Netherlands
ABOUT THE IMAGE
- Morning dive
- Lights winds
- 25m visibility
- Site accessed by boat
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