The Winners Of 2018 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest Will Take Your Breath Away

And The Winners is....

#11 Honorable Mention, Portrait Category, “Nemo” By Matteo Visconti

Honorable Mention, Portrait Category, "Nemo" By Matteo Visconti

The relationship between the ocellaris clownfish that dwell among the tentacles of Ritteri sea anemones is a good example of mutualism. The territorial fish protects the anemone from anemone-eating fish, and in turn the stinging tentacles of the anemone protect the clownfish from its predators.
Matteo Visconti

#12 1st Place, Cold Water, “Grey Seal Face” By Greg Lecoeur

1st Place, Cold Water, "Grey Seal Face" By Greg Lecoeur
Greg Lecoeur

#13 2nd Place, Wide-Angle Category, “Paddle Boarders Sunset” By Grant Thomas

2nd Place, Wide-Angle Category, "Paddle Boarders Sunset" By Grant Thomas

Stand up paddle boarders were out exploring the shallow reefs at sunset. I wanted to demonstrate the innate bond humans have with the ocean, whether we are physically in it or floating on the surface. Our inherent relationship with the ocean is eternal and we must care for it in a way that ensures sustainability for the future.
Grant Thomas

#14 2nd Place, Underwater Art, “Two Worlds Collide” By Jordan Robins

2nd Place, Underwater Art, "Two Worlds Collide" By Jordan Robins

‘Two Worlds Collide’ is an over under photo captured of a vivid sunrise at Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay. Above the water is clouds in the sky bursting to life with colour from the rising sun. Below the water is a series of parallel lines of sand formed by the continual rise and fall of the ocean.This photo took nearly six months to capture with multiple failed attempts along the way. I wanted to capture vivid colours in the sky contrasted with the crystal-clear water and unique formations in the sand below the water’s surface. On this particular morning, I was rewarded with an amazing sunrise and crystal clear calm water.I used my two inon-z240 strobes to light up below the water and balance the exposure with the sky. During post processing I added a little bit of blue to the water to create a dynamic contrast with the fiery reds in the sky, creating an almost psychedelic like scene.
Jordan Robins

#15 1st Place, Marine Life Behavior And Best Of Show By Duncan Murrell

1st Place, Marine Life Behavior And Best Of Show By Duncan Murrell

Spinetail devil rays, (Mobula japanica) engaged in rarely observed or photographed courtship behaviour with two males pursuing one female.
Duncan Murrell

#16 5th Place, Marine Life Behavior, “New Life” By Flavio Vailati

5th Place, Marine Life Behavior, "New Life" By Flavio Vailati

I usually dive in Capo Noli Italy. One morning in July I met a beautiful specimen of an octopus in a tube that was caring for its eggs.
Flavio Vailati

#17 Honorable Mention, Underwater Art, “Light Beam” By Alexandre St. Jean

Honorable Mention, Underwater Art, "Light Beam" By Alexandre St. Jean

Cenotes are sacred places to the Mayans. They are doorways to Xibalbá – the Mayan Underworld. On an expedition through the Yucatan Peninsula, Professional Freediver Carlos Coste and I were brought to a very beautiful and remote Cenote by our friend and local guide, Pedro Castillo. There, we were privy to a beautiful, clear and unoccupied Cenote. As we got our gear on, a light beam appeared in the water from above. For a couple hours each day, the sun peaks through the hole of the Cenote and shapes the light into a perfect tube. Needless to say, we used every second of light to capture photos of this wonderful phenomenon in order to show its mystical beauty. The sense of awe and tranquility felt in Cenotes are enrapturing. You can definitely feel the energy of Xibalbá.
Alexandre St. Jean

#18 2nd Place, Marine Life Behavior , “The Fight” By Anders Nyberg

2nd Place, Marine Life Behavior , "The Fight" By Anders Nyberg

Me and my dive guide were looking for some Ghost Pipefish and other small critters, so I had prepared my Nikon D500 with a 105 mm macro lens. Swimming around and looking for small stuff, suddenly we saw these two two beautiful male Anthias fighting and spinning around. I was aware of my camera gear would be quite wrong for this to Anthias but I had to try to take some pictures. The hardest part was that I needed to be a bit far from the Anthias because my macro lens, so there was a lack of light from my strobes. Despite that I managed to catch these two anthias fighting by using a long exposure so it has given the image an ethereal glow and energy. Neither me nor the dive guide had seen anything like it and it was a fantastic experience. For post-processing I used white balance, contrast, shadows, clarity, sharpening and dehaze
Anders Nyberg

#19 4th Place, Portrait Category, “Eye To Eye” By Shane Keena

4th Place, Portrait Category, "Eye To Eye" By Shane Keena

A curious and quite playful humpback whale calf comes in for a close look in an amazing few seconds between two sentient beings. This calf was rolling around as its mom slept then swam towards me, turning and slowing down just long enough for us to make eye to eye contact.
Shane Keena

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