Out of the night

by Jade Hoksbergen

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The story behind this print, in the words of photographer Jade Hoksbergen: "At night in the Maldives, bright lights shine down into the water as fishermen seek out baitfish for the country’s sustainable pole and line tuna fishery. The light attracts plankton, which in turn attracts small fish. On occasion, they also bring in the largest fish in the ocean - whale sharks. While they were a nuisance to the fishermen in the past, a positive solution has been found by combining the two most important industries in the Maldives: tourism and fishing. While taking this photograph, I was enveloped in darkness. I felt dwarfed in the shark’s presence."

This image, taken in The Maldives, was won the Ocean Fine Art Photographer of the Year category at OPY2023.

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