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An eerie image of an underwater "graveyard" for British World War II military motorcycles has earned the top prize in the Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY) contest for 2018.
Titled "Cycle War," the image was captured by German photographer Tobias Friedrich and shows a cargo deck in the SS Thistlegorm, a British munitions ship that German bombers sank in the Red Sea on October 6, 1941. The ship was torn apart by an explosion after flames from the bombs reached its ammunitions stores, and it sank in under a minute along with all the cargo it was carrying, according to the Thistlegorm Project, an ongoing archaeological survey of the wreck.
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The explosion that sank the Thistlegorm destroyed much of the structure in the middle of the ship, making it highly accessible to divers, according to the Thistlegorm Project website. For years, Friedrich had wanted to photograph the sunken cycles that were part of the lost cargo; he was captivated by the way the motorbikes in the wreck aligned so perfectly with one another, he said in a statement issued by UPY. But he found it impossible to snap the photo that he saw in his mind because the space in the cargo hold was too small — he simply couldn't position his camera far enough from the motorbikes to fit all of them in the frame at once, Friedrich explained.
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"As a result, I had to create a panoramic imageof the same scene to capture the whole cargo deck, including some lights that give the image more depth," he said.
In the statement, judge Peter Rowlands, publisher of the online magazine Underwater Photography,...
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