Blue Planet, too: photographer snaps stunning images of the deep that would be right at home on the hit doc

This photographer’s work would be right at home on the hit documentary Blue Planet 2, as he searches the deep to shoot stunning creatures.

Against their predominantly black backdrops, Ace Wu’s breathtaking shots glow with incredible vibrancy.
In one, a fearsome fish glares at the camera with rows and rows of sharp teeth showing, while, in another, transparent octopus looks like an alien creature of sorts.

Ace, 42, from Taiwan, said: “It’s difficult to describe the beauty of the ocean with words, so I choose pictures.

“It is also difficult for most people living on land to understand the differences of the marine animals.”

In order to bring the beauty of marine life to the general public, Ace has travelled to the likes of the Philippines, Indonesia and Fiji.

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The biggest challenge, he said, is making sure that there is a good source of light, as the pitch black conditions underwater make photographing creatures at such depths very difficult.

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When photographing, Ace likes to focus on three kinds of shot: Wide angle, showing the scale of a scene; macro photography, to show the intricacies that make up certain creatures; and simply shooting the behavior of marine life.
Such diligence and determination has also seen the photographer’s work recognized by the likes of awards bodies.

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In 2018, for example, Ace’s work was recognized in the “Macro” category at the Underwater Photographer of the Year awards.
He said: “It was a great honor for me to win these awards.

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“As a photographer participating in these competitions, the affirmation is a very nice thing.
“I wish I could be able to dive more places and shoot more marine life.

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“With my photos, I hope to help increase the awareness of ocean conservation for everyone.”