Scuba News Ocean Photography Awards announces finalists

Ocean Photography Awards announces finalists

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Oceanographic Magazine has announced the finalists for its inaugural Ocean Photography Awards 2020.

Whittled down from more than 3,000 submissions from across the world, the final 100 images have been selected across six categories, with an overall winner of Ocean Photographer of the Year 2020 being crowned at a virtual ceremony on 19 November.

The Ocean Photography Awards, in partnership with SeaLegacy, is a celebration of our blue planet – they have a shared mission to shine a light on the threats facing the ocean and to raise money for its protection while showcasing the work of some of the finest photographers in the world.

Visit the gallery of nominees’ images now and have your vote.

A hermit crab crawls atop a pile of plastic in a shell made from manmade waste. Photographed on the small island of Thanburudhoo in the Maldive, photographer Matt Sharp
A hermit crab crawls atop a pile of plastic in a shell made from manmade waste. Photographed on the small island of Thanburudhoo in the Maldive, photographer Matt Sharp

The images you will find showcase the astounding snapshots of our wild blue spaces submitted by the finalists. From devastating photographs detailing the horrors of plastic pollution on the ocean and its inhabitants to the inspiring images of wildlife thriving in their natural habitat, discover the beauty and the very real threat to our ocean. Photos capture the magnificence of an underwater perspective with images of the ocean’s most dazzling flora and fauna, whilst captivating shots of how our own species interacts with the blue planet, including diving in vast underwater cave systems and surfing enormous remote waves, will surely catch the eye.

A freediver swims below a breaking wave off Rurutu Island, Autrales, French Polynesia. "We had actually spent nine hours looking for humpback whales and decided to have a quick look at the breaking waves," says photographer Fred Buyle.
A freediver swims below a breaking wave off Rurutu Island, Autrales, French Polynesia. “We had actually spent nine hours looking for humpback whales and decided to have a quick look at the breaking waves,” says photographer Fred Buyle.

The winners of all six categories will be announced at an exclusive, virtual awards ceremony on 19 November, after a pre-show gala that will include a series of talks, Q&As and open discussions with some of the world’s foremost ocean storytellers and photographers.

  1. Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year
  2. Ocean Exploration Photographer of the Year
  3. Ocean Adventure Photographer of the Year
  4. Young Ocean Photographer of the Year
  5. The Collective Portfolio Award
  6. The Community Choice Award
  7. The Ocean Photographer of the Year 2020

Paddle boarders float above a reef at sunset. "This image is one of a series of images aimed at demonstrating the innate bond humans have with the ocean, whether we are physically in it or just floating on the surface," says photographer Grant Thomas
Paddle boarders float above a reef at sunset. “This image is one of a series of images aimed at demonstrating the innate bond humans have with the ocean, whether we are physically in it or just floating on the surface,” says photographer Grant Thomas

Cristina Mittermeier, co-founder of SeaLegacy and one of the Awards judges, said: ”The volume and quality of submissions from all over the world is testament to a growing realisation that we cannot advocate for healthy and abundant oceans without compelling imagery. Picking a winner in each of the categories was no easy task. It’s one that my fellow judges and I took very seriously, and we can’t wait to celebrate the winners and share their important work with the world.”

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Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.

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