See the Gorgeous Winning Images from the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest
These images of marine life will take your breath away.
The Underwater Photography Guide has announced the winners of its annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, and the selected images include some stunning photographs of marine life. The winners span across 12 categories and have been awarded over $70,000 in prizes. The contest, which is now in its fifth year, received entries from over 50 countries.
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Taking home best in show was photographer Jeff Milisen, shooting at night in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
“I was on a black water dive… watching a parade of underwater aliens drift past when this larval cusk eel swam by,” said Milisen of the prizewinning photo in a statement. “We had over 1,000 black water dives under our belt and none of us had ever seen anything like it!”
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“This eel has possibly never been photographed before, or even seen underwater by a diver,” wrote Scott Gietler, the guide’s publisher, of the winning image, asking readers to “stay tuned for more details!”
Other standouts among the winners include a Finding Nemo-esque shot of a trio of clown fish, a loving pair of cuttlefish, and a group of black tip sharks swimming with a massive sting ray.
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Gietler called this year’s entries the “best set of photos yet,” noting that “many outstanding images were not even able to make honorable mention.”
Believe it or not, even in the relatively niche world of underwater photography, there are trends. “Last year we saw a lot of turtles & sperm whales, this year we saw a lot of humpback whales, mandarin fish, skeleton shrimp, and jawfish with eggs—along with quite a few photos of the famous Chinchorro crocodile,” noted Gietler.
See more winning images from the contest below.
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