Everyone loves a good photography contest, right? A selection of stunning photos picked by a talented jury is just the perfect way to find not only entertainment but also inspiration. Underwater Photography Guide just announced the winners of their 2019 Ocean Art Contest. With 16 different categories, such as Wide-Angle, Portrait, and Nudibranchs, the final count of photographs boiled down to a solid hundred, prize winners and honorable mentions included.
Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition offered over $85,000 in prizes and attracted thousands of entries. Underwater Photography Guide describes this particular contest as one of the most prestigious nature photo contests in the world. This year's entries came from 78 countries, a pretty impressive number that guaranteed solid representation from all over the world. The 2019 contest winners were picked out by Tony Wu, Martin Edge, Marty Snyderman, and Scott Gietler. You can read the judges' commentary by clicking here.
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Honorable Mention - Enrico Somogyi - Compact Wide Angle Category - "Coconut Octopus"
5th Place - Tianhong Wang - Blackwater Category - "Bride"
3rd Place - Steven Kovacs - Blackwater Category - "Lionfish"
3rd Place - Dave Johnson - Macro Category - "The Hyponotist"
3rd Place - George Kuo-Wei Kao - Novice Macro Category - "Who Is It?"
2nd Place - Paolo Bausani - Blackwater Category - "Blanket Octopus"
1st - Paula Vianna - Marine Life Behavior Category - "A Friendly Ride"
4th Place - Greg Lecoeur - Reefscapes Category - "Biodiversity"
1st Place - Greg Lecoeur - Coldwater Category - "Crab-Eater Seal"
3rd Place - Fabien Martinazzo - Compact Macro Category - "Telle Une Torpille Pelagia Cherche Sa Proie"
4th Place - Jake Wilton - Novice Wide Angle Category - "Beauty Spots"
2nd Place - Andrea Pescarolo - Nudibranchs Category - "The Sheep"
Honorable Mention - Naomi Strong - Novice Macro Category - "What Are You Looking At?"
2nd Place - Nicholas More - Reefscapes Category - "Mangrove Soft Coral"
4th Place - Johan Sundelin - Coldwater Category - "Catch"
1st Place - Virginia Salzedo - Portrait Category - "Gaspare"
4th Place - Emry Oxford - Portrait Category - "Cuba Croc"
Honorable Mention - Celia Kujala - Coldwater Category - "Welcoming Committee"
1st Place - Fabien Michenet - Blackwater Category - "Snaketooth Swallower"
1st Place - Jules Casey - Novice Macro Category - "Seahorse Bus"
1st Place - Francisco Sedano - Underwater Art Category - "Psychedelic Seahorse"
Honorable Mention - Aia Mar - Underwater Art Category - "The Air Of Jupiter"
1st Place - Shane Gross - Conservation Category - "Victim"
Honorable Mention - Jay Clue - Marine Life Behavior Category - "Gigantic Aggregation Of Munk Devil Rays In Baja California Sur"
Honorable Mention - Lawrence Wu - Compact Behavior Category - "Fighting For The Female"
Honorable Mention - Jose Antonio Castellano - Wide-Angle Category - "Under The Pier"
2nd Place - Tobias Friedrich - Coldwater Category - "Icerock"
Honorable Mention - Suzan Meldonian - Blackwater Category - "Long Lure Larval Flounder"
5th Place - Aldo Costa - Coldwater Category - "Sup On The River"
Honorable Mention - Mirko Zanni - Coldwater Category - "Reflection"
Note: this post originally had 100 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.