Photo competition 2013

A photograph of two moray eels sharing an underwater crevice has taken out the judges' choice award at NIWA's annual photograph competition.

The eels were photographed by Auckland-based scientist James Williams near an underwater cliff at the Mokohinau Islands, off the northeast coast of the North Island.

Each year NIWA holds a photographic competition for it staff, many of whom work in some unusual and stunning environments.

Judges said of this year's winning shot: "This is a great shot with excellent lighting and finely focused detail bringing out the pair of eels and their surrounding habitat. Cute, humorous and colourful."

See all the images, below

That's amore. It's a tight squeeze for these yellow moray eels (Gymnothorax prasinus), peering from their crevice home in an underwater cliff at the Mokohinau Islands in the Hauraki Gulf. They seem decidely unimpressed with the disturbance in their neighbourhood. [James Williams]