Like something out of the Tomb Raider video game series, this award-winning photograph showcases a fallen World War II Japanese seaplane off the coast of Palau, a microscopically small island nation in the Pacific Ocean. At once eerie, horrifying, and beautiful, it is a true captured moment in history:
The winner was snapped by Tony Cherbas, a citizen of Guam and underwater photo expert whose portfolio includes aquatic shots from the Philippines, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Cherbas shoots with a Nikon D7000 in a Nauticam case housing for underwater shots—only this time, he found himself safely above sea level.
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