Stunning Underwater Images From The "Ocean Art" Photography Competition

1st place - Coldwater:  Cathedral of Kelp. Image credit: Jon Anderson/Ocean Art 2020

The Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition is back for another year, showcasing some of the finest images of the ocean’s beauty to be snapped up in 2020.

The annual competition, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, hopes to highlight some of the world’s best underwater images and document the wondrous ecosystem that exists beneath the water’s surface. Now in its 9th year, 2020’s winners are as stunning as ever, despite lockdowns, travel restrictions, and hardship brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Best of Show award was swooped by photographer Gaetano Dario Gargiulo for a wide-angle shot (image below) of a deeply curious octopus having a close took at the camera lens in the tide pools of New South Wales, Australia.

“On the day of the photo, I remained in the tide pool as the tide was too low to venture outside of its boundaries. In one of the shallowest parts of the pool I noticed an octopus. I placed my camera near its den and the octopus started interacting with it. It came completely out of the den and to our amazement it started shooting pictures! My son (3 y.o. in the background) was very curious about the octopus," Gargiulo said on the competition's website.

The competition also features winners for an array of different categories, including Wide Angle, Macro, Marine Life Behaviour, Portrait, Coldwater, Blackwater, Nudibranch, Underwater Conservation, and many others.

You can check out some of the winning images from the latest competition below. If they tickle your fancy, be sure to take a look at 2019’s winners too.

Best of Show: "The Day of the Tentacles." Image credit: Gaetano Dario Gargiulo/Ocean Art 2020

 

1st place - Blackwater. Image credit: Steven Kovacs/Ocean Art 2020

 

1st Place - Compact Behavior. Image credit: Chia Chi Chang/Ocean Art 2020 

 

1st Place - Underwater Conservation. Image credit: Christophe Chellapermal/Ocean Art 2020 

 

1st Place - Macro. Galice Hoarau/Ocean Art 2020 

 

1st Place - Marine Life Behaviour. Image Credit:  Steven Kovacs/Ocean Art 2020

 

1st Place - Underwater art. Image credit: Jenny Stock/Ocean Art 2020 

 

3rd place -  Compact Wide Angle. Image credit: Andrea Michelutti/Ocean Art 2020 

 

Honorable mention - Blackwater. Image credit: Steven Kovacs/Ocean Art 2020 

 

4th Place - Portrait. Image Credit: Thomas Gaitley/Image Art 2020 

 

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