Ocean Art Competition Winners Highlight the Beauty of Our Oceans

Ocean Art Competition Winners Highlight the Beauty of Our Oceans

The 7th Annual Ocean Art underwater photography competition winners were announced this week. The competition sorted through thousands of entries from across 70 countries and consisted of 16 categories ranging from Wide-Angle and Super Macro to Cold Water and Marine Life Behavior. The Best of Show image was awarded to Duncan Murrell for capturing an image of three giant devil rays in the midst of an underwater ballet.

While some of the usual names in the underwater photography community were awarded this year, there are a lot of new names on the list, which is refreshing to see. As a diver and underwater photographer myself, I am always in awe of the amazing creatures our seas are home to. Certainly, all of the awarded images do a wonderful job at encapsulating the beauty of our oceans. If underwater photography isn't your thing, these images may just change your mind. Enjoy!

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Macro Category Winner — Jeff Milisen

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Wide-Angle Category Winner — Francois Baelen

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Underwater Art Category Winner — Bruno Van Saen

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Compact Marine Life Behavior Category Winner — PT Hirschfield

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Nudibranch Category Winner — Flavio Vailati

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Compact Wide-Angle Category Winner — Melody Chuang

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Cold Water Category Winner — Greg Lecoeur

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Compact Macro Category Winner — Sejung Jang

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Mirrorless Wide-Angle Category Winner — Eugene Kitsios

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Super Macro Category Winner — Edison So
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Portrait Category Winner — Claudio Zori

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Mirrorless Macro Category Winner — Steven Walsh

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Mirrorless Behavior Category Winner — Fabrice Dudenhofer
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Reefscape Category Winner —Yen-Yi Lee
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Novice DSLR Category Winner — Alvin Cheung

If you'd like to check out the rest of the awarded images you can do so here

All images used with permission from the Ocean Art Competition.

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Deleted Account's picture

Stunning photos! Thanks!
As an aside, why are there separate categories for different types of cameras?

Andy Deitsch's picture

Compact cameras tend to be used by entry level underwater photographers. Compacts also suffer from shutter lag which makes capturing a key moment a bit of a challenge so they separate them out. Some competitions such as Underwater Photographer of the Year require that the photographer has only used a compact camera which prevents more experienced photographers from just using a compact to win in that category.

Andrzej Muzaj's picture

And how about DSLR vs Mirrorless? How does it affect underwater photography?

Deleted Account's picture

The symmetry of that whale tail photo is awesome! The diver on the left side helps make the whale look larger than life which I always love in whale photography. Swimming with giants! It's very surreal.

Andy Day's picture

Wow.