Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

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Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

Most of us have a vague, abstract concept of life beneath the sea. But a few men and women are dedicated to brining the secrets of the deep into the light of day. And as the 2015 Ocean Art photography contest shows, they’re doing a spectacular job of it.

Ocean Art is the most prestigious underwater photo competition in the world. Organised by the Underwater Photography Guide and judged by a panel of experts, this year’s contest saw over £30,000 in prizes handed out to 75 photographers, for winning shots in any of a dozen categories that include wide angle shots, macro photography, and DSLR. From crustaceans in heat to eels devouring octopuses, the photos are as diverse and beautiful as the marine ecosystems that cover 70 per cent of our planet. If there’s one conclusion that can be drawn from this year’s Ocean Art winners, it’s that despite all of our technology and ability to explore distant worlds, the oceans remain a surreal, astounding, and utterly alien place.

We’ve collected a few of our favourite shots below. For the full breakdown of winners in each category, plus the stories that accompany each photos, check out the UW photography’s website.

Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

“The Satellite” by Francesco Visintin. Shot in Forte de Marmi, Tuscany, Italy with Nikon D7000

Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

“Feeling Exposed” by Jeff Milisen. Shot in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA with Canon T1i

Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

“Bright Smile” by Claudio Contreras Koob. Shot in Jardines de la Reina, Cuba with Canon 5D Mark II

Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

“Alien Space Ship” by Dennis Corpuz. Shot in Anilao, Philippines with Nikon D7000

Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

“Hiding Beauty” by Alexander Franz. Shot in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia with Nikon D7000

Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

“Mirror Mirror On The Wall” by Peter Leopold. Shot in the Arctic Ocean with Nikon D7000

Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

“Sardine Run” by Greg Lecoeur. Shot in Port St Johns, South Africa with Nikon D7000

Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

“Spooky” by Christian Gloor. Shot at Air Bajo III, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia with Olympus OM-D E-M5

Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

“Blue Ringed” by Alfonso Jesús Expósito Díaz-Álvarez. Shot in the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia with Olympus OM-D E-M1

Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

“Dad and her eggs” by Walter Bassi. Shot in Capo Noli, Liguria Sea, Italy with Olympus E-PL1

Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

“Motherhood” by Cornelia Thieme. Shot in the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia with Olympus OM-D E-M5

Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

“Wood Turtle” by Matthew Sullivan. Shot in Montane Creek, Pennsylvania with Sony a6000

Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

“The Fluorescent Cerianthus” by Alessandro Raho. Shot in Noli, Italy with Canon G16

Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

“Need a Haircut?” by Chen Vui Soon. Shot in Amed, Bali, Indonesia with Sony RX100

Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

“Fast strike of a Tylosorus crocodilus on a juvenile kyphosus vaigiensis” by Jack Berthomier. Shot in Ouemo Bay, Noumea, New Caledonia with Sony RX100

Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

“Poor Octopus” by Jens Schultz. Shot in Ambon, Indonesia with Olympus Tough TG-2

Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

“Humpback calf” by Gregory Sherman. Shot at San Benedicto Island, Archipielago Revillagigedo, Mexico with Canon 5D Mark III

Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

“Red Carpet” by Marco Fierli. Shot in South Sulawesi, Indonesia with Canon 5DMKIII

Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

“Full of Eggs” by Dennis Corpuz. Shot in Anilao, Philippines with Nikon D7000

Ocean Art Photography Winners Show the Alien Beauty of Life Underwater

“Golden Jelly” by Cornelia Thieme. Shot in Jellyfish Lake, Palau with Olympus OM-D E-M5


Images Copyright Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition 2015