Submerged realities: Ocean Photography Awards 2021 winners

Posted by David Henning on 28 September 2021

Photographers from all corners of the globe managed to capture the submerged reality beyond the waves. Have a look at the incredible winning shots from the Ocean Photography Awards 2021.

The winners of the Ocean Photography Awards 2021 have been announced, with Aimee Jan bagging the top honour for her image of a green turtle surrounded by glassfish.

A green turtle, surrounded by glassfish, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia. Winner: Ocean Photographer of the Year. Photograph: Aimee Jan.

A seahorse clings to a face mask, Stratoni, Greece.  Highy commended: Conservation Photographer of the Year. Photograph: Nicholas Samaras.

Southern calamari squid (Sepioteuthis australis) at night in Bushrangers Bay, New South Wales, Australia. Third place: Exploration Photographer of the Year. Photograph: Matty Smith.

Two male blennies in a territorial fight over a nearby female. Nominee: Collective Portfolio Award. Photograph: Steven Kovacs.

A sperm whale amid sargassum weed off Roseau, Dominica. Nominee: Adventure Photographer of the Year. Photograph: James Ferrera.

A freediver falls through an ocean full of moon jellyfish in the Raja Ampat islands, West Papua. Third place: Collective Portfolio Award. Photograph: Alex Kydd.

A green sea turtle hatchling surfaces for air, to a sky full of hungry birds, Heron Island, Queensland, Australia. Winner: Young Ocean Photographer of the Year. Photograph: Hannah Le Leu.

A manta ray feeds in the calm waters of Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia. Second: Female Fifty Fathoms Award. Photograph: Aimee Jan.

A gull caught on a ‘ghost’ fishing line (lost or discarded gear), Saltstraumen, Norway. Second place: Conservation Photographer of the Year. Photograph: Galice Hoarau.

A freediver captures a photograph of a humpback whale, Réunion Island. Third place: Ocean Adventure Photographer of the Year. Photograph: Sébastien Pontoizeau/Alasy Photography.

A hawksbill turtle hatchling, just 3.5cm long and a few minutes old, takes its first swim from Lissenung Island, Papua New Guinea. Third place: Ocean Photographer of the Year. Photograph: Matty Smith.

Diving gannets hit the water off the Isle of Noss, Shetland, UK. Second place: Ocean Photographer of the Year. Photograph: Henley Spiers.

 

Speleothems cast long shadows at Cenote dos Pisos in Quintana Roo state, Mexico. Winner: Exploration Photographer of the Year. Photograph: Martin Broen.

A dead moray eel hooked by an abandoned fishing line off Bodrum, Turkey. Winner: Conservation Photographer of the Year. Photograph: Kerim Sabuncuoğlu.

A lone blacktip reef shark’s dorsal fin is aligned with the setting sun in Mo’orea, French Polynesia. Winner: Female Fifty Fathoms Award. Photograph: Renee Capozzola.

 

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