Underwater explorers capture sea creatures in annual photography competition

Underwater Photography Guide has announced the winners of its Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition.

The photography organisation said that in in spite of global travel restrictions and the challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, the 9th annual competition attracted an “extremely high calibre of photos” from oceans around the world.

Underwater Photography Guide said: “Underwater explorers took photos in their own backyards or select destinations open to travel and revisited their archives to bring us some eye-catching photography. This unique assortment of photos could not have been possible without the help of our generous sponsors who have all had to navigate a changing travel and dive industry. These photos showcase the perseverance of underwater artistry amidst the adversity of the times.”

First prize in the 2020 competition was awarded to photographer Gaetano Dario Gargiulo who captured a photograph of an octopus close to his home in the tide pools of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Titled The Best of Show, the photograph captures an octopus taking a selfie with the photographer and his family in the background.

Gaetano Dario Gagiulo said: “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 three-year-old son in the background was very curious about the octopus.”

Other winners include a photograph of a blue shark taken by Gilles Auroux in Pico Island, the Azores, and Celia Kuja’s My New Toy which features a young sea lion playing with a starfish.

The judges evaluated thousands of entries from 80 countries before selecting the final set of images as Ocean Art winners.

To check out all winning entries, check out the Underwater Photography Guide’s website

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. 

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