Winners of the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Featured Above: Celia Kujala, 3rd Place, Ocean Art

The Underwater Photography Guide has announced the winners for its annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition. The judges evaluated thousands of entries from 70 countries before selecting the final set of images to partake in over $80,000 in prizes.For 2018, the Best of Show is a graceful photo of three Giant Devil Rays performing a “ballet”, which uses soft, ambient light to accentuate the movements of elegant giants. This winning photo was shot by Duncan Murrell.Other exceptional images include several astonishing fish and marine life shots, rarely seen animal behaviour, innovative shooting techniques, stunning portraits, seals, ocean adventures, whales and dramatic moments between humans and marine life.best underwater photography winner

Source: Duncan Murrell, 1st Place, Ocean Art

Sixteen different categories ensured the competitive contest is fair for all levels and disciplines of underwater photography, including compact, mirrorless, and DSLR cameras. 2018 also introduced a new category called “Underwater Art.”Underwater Photography Guide publisher, Scott Gietler comments, “This year’s outstanding underwater images in the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition continue to raise the bar for underwater photographers.”“Myself and the other three judges were honoured to be viewing such amazing results of the dedication and drive of the human spirit.” Ocean Art 2018’s judging panel also included prestigious underwater photographers Tony Wu, Martin Edge, and Marty Snyderman.ocean art photography

Source: Tyler Schiffman, Ocean Art

The most lucrative prizes for 2018 included live-aboard boat trips to Indonesia, Palau and the Solomon Islands. Dive trips included a seven-night dive package at Villa Markisa Resort in Bali and a nine-night “Passport to Paradise” dive package at three Indonesian destinations.You can find examples of the winning photography below and see the complete list of winners and their work at the Underwater Photography Guide linked below.Check it outocean art photography

Source: Adam Martin, Ocean Art

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Source: Andreas Schmid, Ocean Art

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Source: Miguel Ramirez, Ocean Art

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Source: Jinggong Zhang, Ocean Art

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Source: Rafi Amar, Ocean Art

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Source: Debbie Wallace, Ocean Art

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Source: Brett M Garner, Ocean Art

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Source: Fabrice Dudenhofer, Ocean Art

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Source: Wayne Jones, Ocean Art

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Source: Alexandre St-Jean, Ocean Art

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Source: Bruno Van Saen, Ocean Art

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Source: Jordan Robins, Ocean Art

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Source: Christina Barringer, Ocean Art

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Source: Yung-Swn Wu, Ocean Art

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Source: Jinggong Zhang, Ocean Art

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Source: Kyler Badten, Ocean Art

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Source: Chun Ho Tam, Ocean Art

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Source: Tobias Friedrich, Ocean Art

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Source: Anders Nyberg, Ocean Art

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Source: Andrea Falcomatà, Ocean Art

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Source: Alessandro Raho, Ocean Art

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Source: Matteo Pighi, Ocean Art

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Source: Jim Chen, Ocean Art

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Source: Dennis Corpuz, Ocean Art

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Source: Sim Lorenz, Ocean Art

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Source: Henley Spiers, Ocean Art

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Source: Greg Lecoeur, Ocean Art

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Source: Grant Thomas, 2nd Place, Ocean Art