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2013 Image of the Year in 'Challenge Accepted' Group

My thanks to the members of the Challenge Accepted group, who voted my entry, moon jellies, as the 2013 Image of the Year in the special challenge for winners of individual 2013 challenges. Official announcement

I made this image a few years ago at a special “Photographers Night” at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. I was in the midst of many photographers in the jelly area that night (mostly men, and many carrying around a ton of high-end gear) and overheard one fellow say to another, “Don’t bother with those white jellyfish. They’re impossible.” Too bad those two fellows aren’t here to see this one. :)

moon jellies
by Celeste Mookherjee


  • Anita Pollak
    Anita Pollakabout 1 year ago

    What a wonderful and well-deserved honor, Celeste! this is just an amazing image. And you really did show those fellows that talent and creativity are more important than fancy gear!

  • Thanks very much, Anita! I am used to working solo and had forgotten how big a deal the “gear talk” can be when a lot of photographers gather together. I had my camera with its macro lens, plus a couple of extra lenses “just in case” in my photojournalist vest, and that was all. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Malcolm Heberle
    Malcolm Heberleabout 1 year ago

    It please me so much to hear of your well deserved award Celeste … what a stunning capture

  • Thank you kindly, Malcolm!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganabout 1 year ago

    No wonder you received this recognition, Celeste. This is exceptional, as is all of your work. I am in awe.

  • Thank you very much, Bev! I was of course very happy with this challenge win, and the photograph is one of my personal favorites.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonabout 1 year ago

    Wonderful work and story, Celeste! A very dear congratulations!

  • Thank you so much for stopping by to comment, Lynn!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 1 year ago

    So happy for you Celeste. Congratulations on this wonderful work.

  • Thank you very much, Joy. I truly appreciate your support of my work for such a long time now.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortierabout 1 year ago

    Congratulations Celeste! This is a beautiful and unusual capture.

  • Many thanks, Sandra! These are actually fairly common jellies, and I’d expect to see them in any aquarium with a decent jelly collection. Getting a good photo may not be quite so common. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Dorothy  Pinder
    Dorothy Pinderabout 1 year ago

    Congratulations, Celeste. Great image and well deserved!

  • Thank you very much, Dorothy! I was very happy about this challenge win. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyabout 1 year ago

    Congrats Celeste, I while deserved honor… Beautiful capture.

  • Thanks very much, Carol!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Alison Gilbert
    Alison Gilbertabout 1 year ago

    Fantastic news Celeste!! What a great image, and a well deserved win with it … so good that you did it without “high-end gear”!

  • Thank you so very much, Alison! I rely on my eye and my emotions; my gear suits me but plays only a supporting role. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Angelika  Vogel
    Angelika Vogelabout 1 year ago

    Very beautiful work and story, Celeste!!

  • Thank you very much, Angelika!

    – Celeste Mookherjee