30+ Iconic Ocean Underwater Photos That Won Prizes Being Stunning

Photo Credits: Instagram

As the world is beautiful above sea water so it is under water just like as above so below. The underwater photography explores the depths of oceans and all its mysterious sea creatures that human eyes have never seen before. Some weird ocean species photos always appear before us but these photographers eyes, who dive deep in the beds of blue seas, never fail to capture them on camera lens.

The collection of underwater animals photos that we have round up have won several accolades as these photos won awards during 7th annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition. The high caliber of photographs entered across 16 categories made this the most competitive year ever. The collection of weird ocean species photos that might seem to us but to these photographers these are the most beautiful underwater species photos and the contest wins proved these are the most beautiful underwater photos.

As the competition has been continuously rising for underwater photography, the latest addition among other categories has beamed up underwater fine art photography—Underwater Art. That latest category inclusion for the 2018 competition has given the photographers a challenge among themselves even further in how to perfectly capture the artistic behavior of amazing underwater species photos.

#1 “Disco Nudi” – Hypselodoris bullocki nudibranch
Photo Credits: Instagram Underwater art, 1st Place. Bruno Van Saen. Shot in Bali, Indonesia with Nikon D810 Camera
#2 Croc in the Mist” – American Crocodile
Photo Credits: mmm

Portrait, 2rd Place. Christina Barringer.
Shot in Banco Chinchorro, Mexico with Canon 6D Camera

#3 “Two Inquisitive Friends” – Australian sea lion pups.
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Wide Angle, 3rd Place. Celia Kujala.
Shot in Jurien Bay Marine Park, Western Australia, Australia with Nikon D500

#4 “Sheep on the Shot” – Costasiella sp.
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#4 “My Babies” – Yellowtail clownfish (Amphiprion clarkii) oxygenating its eggs
Photo Credits: mmm

“This year’s outstanding underwater images in the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition continue to raise the bar for underwater photographers,” says Bluewater Photo and Travel owner and Underwater Photography Guide publisher, Scott Gietler.

#5 “Discovering the Hidden Face of Yucatan”- Freediver in Cenote
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#6 “Special Encounter” -Oceanic Manta Ray
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“Myself and the other three judges were honored to be viewing such amazing results of the dedication and drive of the human spirit.”
#7 “Porcelain Bloom”- Porcelain Crab
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#8 “Atlantic Spotted Dolphins”
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#9 “Chimaera” – Spotted Ratfish (Hydrolagus colliei)
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Portrait, 1st Place. Claudio Zori.
Shot in Hurst Island, Canada with Nikon D300S

#10 “Hairy Flames” – Hairy Shrimp
Photo Credits: mmm

Supermacro, 1st Place. Edison So.
Shot in Anilao, Philippines with Canon 5D Mark III

#11 “Sunsplit” – Reefscapes, 2nd Place. Tobias Friedrich.
Photo Credits: mmm
#12 “3 Baby Seahorses” – Big-belly Seahorse (Hippocampus abdominalis)
Photo Credits: mmm
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#13 “No No!” – Galapagos Sealion (Zalophus wollebaeki)
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#14 “Red on Green” – Coral Goby on Coral
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#15 “Foggy Morning in Adams River”- Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka)
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#16 “Speedy Cuttlefish”- Cuttlefish (Sepiola sp.)
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After the tough competition professional photographer Duncan Murrell won the best prize for his iconic photo of “three devil rays frolicking in Honda Bay in the Philippines.

#17 “Devil Ray Ballet”- Spinetail devil rays, (Mobula japanica)
Photo Credits: mmm

Best of Show, Marine Life Behavior, 1st Place. Duncan Murrell. Shot in Honda Bay, Palawan, the Philippines

#18 “Gentle Giants”- Humpback whale and her calf (Megaptera novaeangliae).
Photo Credits: mmm

Wide-Angle, 1st Place. François Baelen. Shot in Saint-Gilles, Reunion Island with Sony A7III

#19 “Paddle Boarders Sunset”
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Wide Angle, 2nd Place. Grant Thomas. Shot in Ha’apai, Tonga with Canon 5D Mark III

#20 “Nemo” – Ocellaris Clownfish in ritteri sea anemone
Photo Credits: Instagram

Portrait, Honorable Mention. Matteo Visconti. Shot in Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, Japan with Nikon D850

#21 “Cannibal Crab”- Spider Crabs
Photo Credits: Instagram

Compact Behavior, 1st Place. PT Hirschfield. Shot in Victoria, Australia with Canon G12 Camera

#22 “Dancing Jellyfish”
Photo Credits: Instagram

Compact Wide Angle, 1st Place. Melody Chuang. Shot in North-East Coast, Taiwan with Olympus TG5 Camera

#23 “Cleaning”- White Banded Cleaner Shrimp
Photo Credits: Instagram

Marine Life Behavior, 6th Place. Liang Fu. Shot in Tulamben Bali Indonesia with Canon 5DS

#24 “Inside the Eggs” – Favorinus pacificus and eggs
Photo Credits: Instagram

Nudibranchs, 1st Place. Flavio Vailati. Shot in Anilao, Philippines with Nikon D500 Camera

#25 “Mangrove”- Soft coral grows on mangrove roots
Photo Credits: Instagram

Reefscapes, 1st Place. Yen-Yi Lee. Shot in Raja Ampat, Indonesia with Canon 5D Mark IV Camera

#26 “Open Eyes”- Dancing shrimp (Rhynchocinetes uritai)
Photo Credits: Instagram

Portrait, 3rd Place. Doris Vierkötter. Shot in Bali, Indonesia with Canon 7D Mark II

#27 “Smile of a Friend”- American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus)
Photo Credits: Instagram

Novice DSLR, 2nd Place. Antonio Pastrana. Shot in Jucaro, Cuba with Nikon D850 Camera

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#28 “Fight”
Photo Credits: Instagram

Mirrorless Macro, Honorable Mention. Rafi Amar. Shot in Shark Paradise, Bahamas with Olympus OM-D E-M1

#29 “Grey Seal Face”- Grey Seal
Photo Credits: Instagram

Cold Water, 1st Place. Greg Lecoeur.

#30 “Face to Face”
Photo Credits: Instagram

Mirrorless Macro, Honorable Mention. Rafi Amar. Shot in Shark Paradise, Bahamas with Olympus OM-D E-M1

#31 “Feasting” Giant Kingfish predating on Giant Crown Jellyfish
Photo Credits: Instagram

Mirrorless Behavior, Honorable Mention. Pier Mane. Shot in Sodwana Bay, South Africa with Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

#32 “Ancistrocheirus” -Sharp-eared enope squid (Ancistricheirus lesseurii)
Photo Credits: Instagram

Macro, 1st Place. Jeff Milisen. Shot in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii with Canon T1i

#33 “Smile of a Friend”- American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus)
Photo Credits: Instagram

Novice DSLR, 2nd Place. Antonio Pastrana. Shot in Jucaro, Cuba with Nikon D850 Camera

All Details And Credits: Underwater Photography Guide: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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