Poor Knights, Blue maomao fine art print

I took this shot photograph of a school of blue maomao on a visit to the Poor Knights Marine Reserve in January of 2020. The location was the famous Blue Maomao Arch, a vertical, current swept, slot, about 20 metres deep, that teems with marine life. Jacques Cousteau rated the Poor Knights Islands as amongst the top ten dive sites in the World, and he was no doubt thinking about Blue Maumau Arch, as this is the top site within the islands group. The arch is named because of the large numbers of blue maomao that are often encountered feeding within the arch. World famous, this is a place I had wanted to dive for over 30 years. I finally had the chance when I found myself in New Zealand with a little free time in hand. In fact I made two seperate trips in January 2020, both equally spectacular. This is a place I would not hesitate to return to.

Blue maomao fine art print. A fine art print of a scholl of blue maomao fish streaming past, Blue maomao Arch, Poor Knights Marine Reserve, New Zealand, by Colin Munro Photography
Blue Maomao sweeping past, Blue Maomao Arch, Poor Knights Islands

The seas around the Poor Knights Islands were declared New Zealand’s 2nd Marine Reserve in 1981 because of the prolific and diverse marine life found there. The islands themselves are also a nature reserve, in part because of the 200,000 or so pairs of Buller’s shearwaters that nest there.

Print sizes available

  • 16 x 10 inches (41 x 27 cm)
  • 24 x 16 inches (61 x 41 cm)
  • 30 x 20 inches (76 x 51 cm)
  • 36 x 20 inches (91 x 51 cm)

The above is intended as a guide. Other sizes and crops can be available, just email me to discuss.

The prints: media and quality

Prints are produced on some of the best archival quality papers available, including Epsom 215gsm Fine Art Cotton, Fujifilm 300gsm Photo Rag and Hahnemühle 290gsm Bamboo Fibre. The choice of paper weight, brand and finish is yours. Inks currently used are Epsom Ultrachrome HD, high optical density pigment dyes. These inks are renowned for their faithful colour reproduction, resitance to humidity and light and longevity (estimated at over 200 years under archival conditions).

Guide prices

As each print is created and delivered to your specifications, these prices are a guide, the exact price will be calculated based on your spcific requirements. A 16 x 10 inch print on Fujifilm Archival quality Photo rag 300 gsm paper, would cost £50 (excluding tax and delivery).

A 30 x 17 inch print on Hahnemühle 290gsm Bamboo Fibre archival paper would cost £100 (ex. tax and delivery).

Print ordering process

This is not like buying an off the shelf print. Each print is designed and order specifically to your requirements. Selecting and ordering your print is a collaborative process. When you have decided on the image you would like, and have an idea of the size you would like, please email me and I can confirm sizes available, crops (if necessary), packaging and delivery options.

Please use the form below to ask any questions about ordering a print and to let me know the size of print and print paper (if you already know) that you are interested in. I don’t need your address at this stage, but it is helpful to know the country you are in, in order to advise of shipping/postage.