Keith Kennedy remembers standing on Johnny Mercer’s Pier at Wrightsville Beach in Wilmington, North Carolina, watching northern gannets plunge-dive off in the distance. As he enjoyed the gannets, he noticed some horned grebes swimming right below him. Camera at the ready, he captured this very blue and unique photograph. “The water clarity was good enough to see the grebes as they dove and swam just below the surface,” Kennedy says. “It also afforded the opportunity to observe their unusual feet, and I was able to capture an image when the grebe had just started its dive.”
This image was a Top 100 photo from the 2013 Audubon Magazine Photography Awards. To see all of the photos, click here.