JOSH BEAMES gained a sizeable audience this week.
The Warrnambool photographer won this month’s Bureau of Meteorology timeline photo competition, making his photograph the first to be seen on the BOM’s Facebook page.
Headlining the social media page means Mr Beames work has the potential to be seen by more than 750,000 people.
His photograph was taken in Lorne on November 1.
The scene captures the natural phenomena known as bioluminescence.
“This is this chemical reaction that occurs when waves and currents disturb masses of tiny dinoflagellates (phytoplankton),” a spokesperson from BOM said.
Mr Beames said the scene was a personal highlight.
“It was the most incredible natural phenomena I have ever seen,” he said.
“We made our way down along the coast to Lorne hoping to catch a glimpse of the rare bioluminescence algae that has been glowing amongst the waves the last few nights.
“Surely enough, in a section of beach just outside of Lorne we spotted this intense blue glow.
“Absolutely fizzing with excitement we ran down to the beach and watched in awe.
“About half an hour passed and flashes of intense lightning started to roll in.
“We couldn’t believe our eyes.”