Special Mention | Animal Portraits


Tom Shlesinger

Special Mention | Animal Portraits

Near Palm Beach, Florida, USA

A Face in the Crowd

Atlantic Goliath Groupers are massive fish that can live for dozens of years. They can grow up to 2.5m long and weigh up to 360kg. During one of his dives, the photographer found the groupers surrounded by silvery schools of Bigeye Scads, who were being ignored in favour of larger prey. Like when Gulliver arrived at Lilliput and was careful not to step on the tiny Lilliputians, the groupers swam through the swirling tunnel of smaller fish, creating this unique portrait.


Tom Shlesinger

Tom Shlesinger is a marine ecologist with a Ph.D., as well as a talented underwater photographer and naturalist. Having grown up along the shores of the Red Sea in Israel, his first dive at the age of six sparked a lifelong fascination with the diverse marine life's behaviours, aesthetics, and intricacies.