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    This Photographer Risked Death To Snap A Smiling Crocodile

    Matthew Smith, who snapped an incredible photograph of a smiling crocodile, is just one of the 12 Australians recognised at the 2015 EPSON International Pano Awards.

    Matthew Smith, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards / Via thepanoawards.com

    It takes someone with nerves of steel to be anywhere near apex predators. Australian photographer Matthew Smith did more than that. Armed only with his camera and a wetsuit, he dived into crocodile-infested waters in the Gardens of Queen, off the coast of Cuba.

    "It's not very often you remember the exact moment you press the shutter on the shot, but I remember everything about those few seconds of my life," Smith said.

    "I remember framing up, pulling focus, the warmth of the water, my heart beating in my chest and the sweat beading in my hair."
    Michael Aw / Ocean Geographic Magazine

    Smith described it as a sobering moment, with the crocodile being just a few centimetres from his lens.

    The close encounter won him 2nd place for the Jeff Mitchum Award at this year's EPSON International Pano Awards.

    Eleven other Australians were recognised for their panoramic work.


    John Finnan's "Foggy Sunrise at Wallaces Hut"

    Amateur Award Winner – Built Environment / Architecture

    John Finnan, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

    Judy Conning's "Braving the Blizzard"

    Judith Conning, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

    Judith Conning's "Morning Light"

    Judith Conning, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

    Clair Norton's "Pehoe Fire"

    Clair Norton, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

    Pamela Jennins' "Tidal Wonder" and Lewis Fogerty's "Symbiosis"

    Pamela Jennings, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards
    Lewis Fogerty, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

    Ian Myers' "Brighton Lightning"

    Ian Myers, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

    Luke Tscharke's "Barossa Bolt"

    Luke Tscharke, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

    Ben Messina's "Sculpted Front"

    Ben Messina, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

    Jay Daley's "Giant In The Sky"

    Jay Daley, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

    And Alan Long's "The Wanaka Tree"

    Alan Long, courtesy of The EPSON International Pano Awards

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