Octopus’ Garden: Günter Forsterra’s winning image in the 2015 Hilda Canter-Lund photography competition.
I’m pleased to be able to announce the winner of this year’s Hilda Canter-Lund photography competition: Günter Forsterra, for his stunning image of the undersea world of the Beagle Channel in Chilean Patagonia. Large portions of the rocky benthos along the Beagle Channel are dominated by communities of macroalgae. These provide a habitat for a variety of invertebrates as well as shelter and food for fish. The principal alga in this photograph is the brown alga Lessonia negrescens. The image was taken during a study of rocky benthos in summer 2010 when water temperatures were around 5°C, using a Canon EOS5 Mark II camera with a 24mm wide angle lens and a Sealux underwater housing. Günter’s picture is on display, along with all the shortlisted entries, at the European Phycological Congress in London this week, after which it will be exhibited in the Angela Marmot Centre in the Natural History Museum.
Günter Forsterra: this year’s Hilda Canter-Lund competition winner
Günter Försterra is originally from Germany but is now the Research Coordinator at Huinay Scientific Field Station in Chilean Patagonia. He studies fjord ecosystems and is especially interested in the ecology of cold-water corals and the forces which determine species distribution within Chilean Patagonia. He co-edited a field guide to the marine benthic fauna of Chilean Patagonia and sits on several advisory committees concerned with marine conservation. Since 1994 he has used his underwater photos to promote the beauty of Patagonian marine life to the public and to governmental institutions. He is married to Vreni Häussermann, whose image was also shortlisted this year.