Taiwanese photographer takes 1st place in intl. underwater photography contest

Wu Yung-sen won with the 'Wide Angle' category with a spectacular shot of two Pacific Sockeye Salmon

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(Photo by Wu Yung-sen/ World Shoot Out)

(Photo by Wu Yung-sen/ World Shoot Out)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Taiwanese photographer has been awarded first place a in world-class underwater photography competition, called “World Shoot Out.”

In the “Wide Angle” category of the competition, 43 year old photographer, Wu Yung-sen (吳永森) was awarded first place for his beautiful photograph of a pair of Pacific Sockeye Salmon.

In addition to being the first Taiwanese photographer to take first place, Wu is also the first photographer from Asia to win the prestigious award, reports Liberty Times.

The photograph, titled “Intense,” was taken in Canada’s Adam River, on Vancouver Island in October last year.

Wu says he spent five days taking photos in the frigid and turbulent waters wearing a wet suit and carrying 25 kg of equipment to catch the perfect shot. Despite being swept away and bruised during the process, his hard work obviously paid off.

Wu was awarded with the opportunity to go on a photography expedition capturing Great White Sharks in their natural habitat.