Island paradise: The Seychelles

Where photographer’s dream meets tropical oasis, The Seychelles sprinkle the Indian Ocean off East Africa.

The Seychelles are some of the most idyllic islands on the planet and the muse of underwater photographer Byron Dilkes.

His shot here of a blacktip reef shark patrolling a beach recently won the UK National Award at the Sony World Photography Awards.

“With this image I wanted to portray as many elements of the idealistic ‘tropical island’ as possible, ”
says Dilkes.

“The shot was particularly difficult to get as it required the right combination of tide, good underwater visibility and calm surface conditions, not to mention the shark playing its part. To capture it I perched on a rock for four hours until the incoming tide threatened to sweep me away.”

The Seychelles are best visited in April/May or October /November when a pause in the trade winds produces ideal conditions for snorkelling off the many perfect beaches.


For more of Dilkes’s underwater images, follow him on Twitter at @ByronDilkes and Instagram at @byron_dilkes

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