Cooperative of Photography

Preciousness of Life


Ryo Minemizu is an underwater photographer from Japan. He spends most of his days diving for his subject matter. He does not have to go very far though, as plankton exist very close to the surface! Ryo states, “My basic shooting method, especially during the night, is to shoot with a fast shutter speed controlling the Depth of Field at fractions of millimeters, always paying attention to the movement of the water around the tiny shooting objects.” Ryo was the winner of the Nikkei National Geographic Photo Prize in 2016. Walk through the world of deep sea diving with Ryo into a glimpse of the unknown…

Male of Blanket octopus is always equipped jellyfish's tentacles on sucker of arms. It's may be using for catching prey.

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Phronima amphipods mother process salpa to make a barrel. Born larvae is line up in a circle in the barrel.

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Juvenile Horse mackerel is sleeping on the Upside-down jellyfish. It is a means to spend safely in the night

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Megalopa larva of Japanese deep-water carrier crab is equipped with large spines. This is thought to have the effect of reducing the probability of being preyed.

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The Phyllosoma larva of Scyllarinae secures its buoyancy by riding a jellyfish and protects itself against predators.

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Horse mackerel children protect themselves by wearing jellyfish in the night sea. It is to prevent predators and parasites from getting on the body.

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Looks like a fruit cup jelly, it's Pelagosphera larva of Sipuncula. It has a form that is not very similar to an adult.

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Being transparent is one of the ways to protect self that is inconspicuous. Leptocephalus larva of Moray eel.

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A kind of Hyperiidea Phronimopsis spinifera increased buoyancy by holding Phaeodaria. By that don't have to swim almost.

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A kind of genus Dendrochirus's larvalfish gained buoyancy by developing Pectoral fins larger.

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All images are provided: ©Ryo Minemizu

Check out Ryo's website, and Instagram.

Prints available here.

Written by Rowynn Dumont

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