Creating a beautiful image is a little like conducting a symphony—there are dozens of elements that must come together to create a harmonious picture.
With images that reach a crescendo of color, light, and texture, it’s not that surprising to learn Photographer of the Week William Tan’s day job is as a violinist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. But it’s when he musters the courage to leave his prized antique Italian violin at home and travel abroad between concert seasons, that's when the music happens.
A specialist in capturing rare macro critters, William has won several international awards and his images are frequently spotted on the newsstand in publications like National Geographic China, Scuba Diver Australasia and Scuba Diving.
Commensal crab in jellyfish, northeast coast, Taiwan
Dogtooth tuna (Gymnosarda unicolor) hunting chevron barracuda (Sphyraena qenie),
Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea
Fine-spotted blenny (Salarias guttatus), Brunei
Male little maori wrasse (Oxycheilinus bimaculatus) in territorial fight, Ambon, Indonesia
Juvenile fish in pelagic tunicate, Brunei
Periclimenaeus storchi shrimp in tunicate (Didemnum molle), Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
Snakey bornella (Bornella anguilla) with emperor shrimp (Periclimenes imperator), Brunei
Whale shark (Rhincodon typus) in morning sun, Oslob, Philippines
Sun jellyfish (Mastigias sp.), Jellyfish Lake, Palau
Tasselled wobbegong shark (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon), Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Flasher wrasse (Paracheilinus nursalim), formerly thought to be endemic to West Papua, found in Ambon
When not playing the violin or taking underwater images, William finds the time to rescue an orphaned baby dugong
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