Just breathtaking! Ocean Photographer of the Year finalists
Incredible photographs have captured the amazing life of our oceans, from moments of breathtaking beauty to the really bizarre
READING LEVEL: GREEN
Awe-inspiring* images capturing the weird and wonderful life in our oceans have been short-listed for the 2023 Ocean Photographer of the Year awards.
Dive in to a world of airborne penguins, serene* manatees, and a lizardfish that’s bitten off more than it can chew, as we highlight some of the finalists.
- awe-inspiring: amazing and worthy of respect or admiration
- serene: calm
- coexistence: able to live together
- illuminated: brightened with light
- intricate: very detailed
- fever: name for a group of rays
- unforgiving: a harsh or hostile place or situation
- traditional: long-established over time
- shoals: a large number of fish swimming together
1. What is the name of the competition?
2. Name the water bodies mentioned in some captions (oceans, seas, gulfs etc)
3. List the images that have a mirror image in them.
4. What is a group of rays called?
5. What name would you give a large group of fish swimming together?
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1. Caption it!
Read the existing captions on each picture, then view the image again. Write news captions for each image using as many descriptive words as you can. You could write the caption from the animal’s perspective for a bit of fun.
Time: allow at least 20 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Visual Arts, Critical and Creative Thinking
Choose one of the photographs and try to imagine what happens next to the animal, person or photographer who is taking it.
Write a short story of about 100 to 200 words. Use the details from the photograph to inspire your story.
Time: allow 30 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English, Visual Arts, Visual Communication Design, Critical and Creative Thinking
1. Read with Kung Fu punctuation
Pair up with someone to read the article introduction and captions for each photograph between you. Stand up to make it easy to demonstrate your Kung Fu punctuation.
Practise reading one sentence at a time. Now read it again, while acting out the punctuation as you read.
Read and act three sentences before swapping with your partner.
Now ask your partner to read a sentence out loud while you try and act out the punctuation. Can you keep up? Swap over?
Try acting out two sentences – are you laughing yet?