This photo required a lot of work. I stood on the roof of a liveaboard dive boat in the blistering heat while we circled Grace Island in Papua New Guinea. Coral heads on the bottom of the clear sea added dimension to the photo, as I intentionally kept the island in the background to give the impression that this paradise is the "forbidded fruit".
Michael O’Neill is a freelance photographer and writer specializing in travel and natural history subjects, particularly tropical Atlantic and Indo-Pacific destinations, marine wildlife and environmental issues. An avid conservationist, he has traveled extensively and authored many articles focusing on marine life and travel destinations.