This Photographer Risked His Life To Take Photos Of A Smiling Crocodile

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Matthew Smith, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards / Via thepanoawards.com

 

It takes someone with nerves of steel to be anywhere near apex predators. Australian photographer Matthew Smith did more than that. Armed only with his camera and a wetsuit, he dived into crocodile-infested waters in the Gardens of Queen, off the coast of Cuba.

 

“It’s not very often you remember the exact moment you press the shutter on the shot, but I remember everything about those few seconds of my life,” Smith said.

 

“I remember framing up, pulling focus, the warmth of the water, my heart beating in my chest and the sweat beading in my hair.”

 

Michael Aw / Ocean Geographic Magazine

 

Smith described it as a sobering moment, with the crocodile being just a few centimetres from his lens.

 

The close encounter won him 2nd place for the Jeff Mitchum Award at this year’sEPSON International Pano Awards.

 

Eleven other Australians were recognised for their panoramic work.

 

 

John Finnan’s “Foggy Sunrise at Wallaces Hut”

 

Amateur Award Winner – Built Environment / Architecture

 

John Finnan, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

 

Judy Conning’s “Braving the Blizzard”

 

Judith Conning, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

 

Judith Conning’s “Morning Light”

 

Judith Conning, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

 

Clair Norton’s “Pehoe Fire”

 

Clair Norton, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

 

Pamela Jennins’ “Tidal Wonder” and Lewis Fogerty’s “Symbiosis”

 

Pamela Jennings, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

Lewis Fogerty, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

 

Ian Myers’ “Brighton Lightning”

 

Ian Myers, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

 

Luke Tscharke’s “Barossa Bolt”

 

Luke Tscharke, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

 

Ben Messina’s “Sculpted Front”

 

Ben Messina, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

 

Jay Daley’s “Giant In The Sky”

 

Jay Daley, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

 

And Alan Long’s “The Wanaka Tree”

 

Alan Long, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

Source: buzzfeed.com

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