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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#1

Honorable Mention - Enrico Somogyi - Compact Wide Angle Category - "Coconut Octopus"

Honorable Mention - Enrico Somogyi - Compact Wide Angle Category - "Coconut Octopus"

Enrico Somogyi Report

Mia Cardenas
Community Member
1 month ago

magnificent!

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#2

5th Place - Tianhong Wang - Blackwater Category - "Bride"

5th Place - Tianhong Wang - Blackwater Category - "Bride"

Tianhong Wang Report

glowworm2
Community Member
1 month ago

This is a really pretty photo--even if it clearly is a fish about to become a jellyfish's meal.

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#3

3rd Place - Steven Kovacs - Blackwater Category - "Lionfish"

3rd Place - Steven Kovacs - Blackwater Category - "Lionfish"

Steven Kovacs Report

pusheen buttercup
Community Member
1 month ago

this is a lionfish?? I've never seen one like this before- great job!

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#4

3rd Place - Dave Johnson - Macro Category - "The Hyponotist"

3rd Place - Dave Johnson - Macro Category - "The Hyponotist"

Dave Johnson Report

Pillowhead
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like it has galaxies in its eyes

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#5

3rd Place - George Kuo-Wei Kao - Novice Macro Category - "Who Is It?"

3rd Place - George Kuo-Wei Kao - Novice Macro Category - "Who Is It?"

George Kuo-Wei Kao Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

They're cute! Who's at the door?

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#6

1st - Paula Vianna - Marine Life Behavior Category - "A Friendly Ride"

1st - Paula Vianna - Marine Life Behavior Category - "A Friendly Ride"

Paula Vianna Report

Andres Tejeda
Community Member
1 month ago

Glad to see that the Finding Nemo school bus is real.

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#7

2nd Place - Paolo Bausani - Blackwater Category - "Blanket Octopus"

2nd Place - Paolo Bausani - Blackwater Category - "Blanket Octopus"

Paolo Bausani Report

Mia Cardenas
Community Member
1 month ago

beautiful and smart creatures

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#8

4th Place - Greg Lecoeur - Reefscapes Category - "Biodiversity"

4th Place - Greg Lecoeur - Reefscapes Category - "Biodiversity"

Greg Lecoeur Report

Dana
Community Member
1 month ago

This is gorgeous

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#9

1st Place - Greg Lecoeur - Coldwater Category - "Crab-Eater Seal"

1st Place - Greg Lecoeur - Coldwater Category - "Crab-Eater Seal"

Greg Lecoeur Report

Luis Milian
Community Member
1 month ago

wow. unreal!

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#10

3rd Place - Fabien Martinazzo - Compact Macro Category - "Telle Une Torpille Pelagia Cherche Sa Proie"

3rd Place - Fabien Martinazzo - Compact Macro Category - "Telle Une Torpille Pelagia Cherche Sa Proie"

Fabien Martinazzo Report

Ghost
Community Member
1 month ago

This. Is. Stunnig

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#11

4th Place - Jake Wilton - Novice Wide Angle Category - "Beauty Spots"

4th Place - Jake Wilton - Novice Wide Angle Category - "Beauty Spots"

Jake Wilton Report

A Water Bottle
Community Member
1 month ago

That’s a really good shot of a zebra shark, no not a leopard shark, a zebra shark

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#12

2nd Place - Andrea Pescarolo - Nudibranchs Category - "The Sheep"

2nd Place - Andrea Pescarolo - Nudibranchs Category - "The Sheep"

Andrea Pescarolo Report

Dynein
Community Member
1 month ago

I love sea slugs! And these look like they are among those who eat pants and digest all but the chloroplasts - instead they store them in their body. It's called kleptoplasty. But it's not really certain what the advantage is, their survival doesn't depend on the photosynthesis. (There's a reason plants are sessile organisms, photosynthesis doesn't produce enough energy unless you're an organism with a HUGE surface-to-volume ratio and very low need for energy (like movement would require))

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#13

Honorable Mention - Naomi Strong - Novice Macro Category - "What Are You Looking At?"

Honorable Mention - Naomi Strong - Novice Macro Category - "What Are You Looking At?"

Naomi Strong Report

Mia Cardenas
Community Member
1 month ago

the mantis shrimp. Beautiful but feisty as hell. They attack anything in site and pack a powerful punch

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#14

2nd Place - Nicholas More - Reefscapes Category - "Mangrove Soft Coral"

2nd Place - Nicholas More - Reefscapes Category - "Mangrove Soft Coral"

Nicholas More Report

Penny Webster
Community Member
1 month ago

Beautiful

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#15

4th Place - Johan Sundelin - Coldwater Category - "Catch"

4th Place - Johan Sundelin - Coldwater Category - "Catch"

Johan Sundelin Report

Mia Cardenas
Community Member
1 month ago

good grief! that bird means business

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#16

1st Place - Virginia Salzedo - Portrait Category - "Gaspare"

1st Place - Virginia Salzedo - Portrait Category - "Gaspare"

Virginia Salzedo Report

RitaGG
Community Member
1 month ago

Dat hair.

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#17

4th Place - Emry Oxford - Portrait Category - "Cuba Croc"

4th Place - Emry Oxford - Portrait Category - "Cuba Croc"

Emry Oxford Report

A Water Bottle
Community Member
1 month ago

Imagine swimming then BAM

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#18

Honorable Mention - Celia Kujala - Coldwater Category - "Welcoming Committee"

Honorable Mention - Celia Kujala - Coldwater Category - "Welcoming Committee"

Celia Kujala Report

Dana
Community Member
1 month ago

Sea doggos! "Hooman what is you doin here?"

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#19

1st Place - Fabien Michenet - Blackwater Category - "Snaketooth Swallower"

1st Place - Fabien Michenet - Blackwater Category - "Snaketooth Swallower"

Fabien Michenet Report

Andres Tejeda
Community Member
1 month ago

That's fish looks like "awww, you got me."

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#20

1st Place - Jules Casey - Novice Macro Category - "Seahorse Bus"

1st Place - Jules Casey - Novice Macro Category - "Seahorse Bus"

Jules Casey Report

Mia Cardenas
Community Member
1 month ago

some of these are no more than a few mm

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#21

1st Place - Francisco Sedano - Underwater Art Category - "Psychedelic Seahorse"

1st Place - Francisco Sedano - Underwater Art Category - "Psychedelic Seahorse"

Francisco Sedano Report

Nicominde
Community Member
1 month ago

How?

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#22

Honorable Mention - Aia Mar - Underwater Art Category - "The Air Of Jupiter"

Honorable Mention - Aia Mar - Underwater Art Category - "The Air Of Jupiter"

Aia Mar Report

Alex Grosdanofski
Community Member
1 month ago

Looms like it's in the sky among the clouds!

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#23

1st Place - Shane Gross - Conservation Category - "Victim"

1st Place - Shane Gross - Conservation Category - "Victim"

Shane Gross Report

Dana
Community Member
1 month ago

My heart hurts

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#24

Honorable Mention - Lawrence Wu - Compact Behavior Category - "Fighting For The Female"

Honorable Mention - Lawrence Wu - Compact Behavior Category - "Fighting For The Female"

Lawrence Wu Report

My O My
Community Member
1 month ago

I wouldn't want to be that close

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#25

Honorable Mention - Jay Clue - Marine Life Behavior Category - "Gigantic Aggregation Of Munk Devil Rays In Baja California Sur"

Honorable Mention - Jay Clue - Marine Life Behavior Category - "Gigantic Aggregation Of Munk Devil Rays In Baja California Sur"

Jay Clue Report

Mia Cardenas
Community Member
1 month ago

these creatures are majestic

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#26

Honorable Mention - Jose Antonio Castellano - Wide-Angle Category - "Under The Pier"

Honorable Mention - Jose Antonio Castellano - Wide-Angle Category - "Under The Pier"

Jose Antonio Castellano Report

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 month ago

Beautiful shot !!!

#27

2nd Place - Tobias Friedrich - Coldwater Category - "Icerock"

2nd Place - Tobias Friedrich - Coldwater Category - "Icerock"

Tobias Friedrich Report

Arthur Cammelbeeck
Community Member
1 month ago

wow, so litlle we are

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#28

Honorable Mention - Suzan Meldonian - Blackwater Category - "Long Lure Larval Flounder"

Honorable Mention - Suzan Meldonian - Blackwater Category - "Long Lure Larval Flounder"

Suzan Meldonian Report

A Water Bottle
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like someone took a wrong turn into the X-ray machine

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#29

Honorable Mention - Mirko Zanni - Coldwater Category - "Reflection"

Honorable Mention - Mirko Zanni - Coldwater Category - "Reflection"

Mirko Zanni Report

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 month ago

Beautiful shot !!!

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#30

5th Place - Aldo Costa - Coldwater Category - "Sup On The River"

5th Place - Aldo Costa - Coldwater Category - "Sup On The River"

Aldo Costa Report

Mia Cardenas
Community Member
1 month ago

beautiful clear water

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#31

2nd Place - George Kuo-Wei Kao - Novice Wide Angle Category - "The Blue Arch"

2nd Place - George Kuo-Wei Kao - Novice Wide Angle Category - "The Blue Arch"

George Kuo-Wei Kao Report

#32

2nd Place - Enrico Somogyi - Underwater Art Category - "Hairy At Sunrise"

2nd Place - Enrico Somogyi - Underwater Art Category - "Hairy At Sunrise"

Enrico Somogyi Report

Pillowhead
Community Member
1 month ago

wow

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#33

5th Place - Kierstin Zetterberg - Novice Macro Category - "Chestnut Moray"

5th Place - Kierstin Zetterberg - Novice Macro Category - "Chestnut Moray"

Kierstin Zetterberg Report

K.Kobayashi
Community Member
1 month ago

~~When you are down by the sea And an eel bites your knee That's a moray ~~~

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#34

4th Place - Hannes Klostermann - Marine Life Behavior Category - "Strange Encounters"

4th Place - Hannes Klostermann - Marine Life Behavior Category - "Strange Encounters"

Hannes Klostermann Report

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 month ago

Beautiful !!!

#35

1st Place - Jenny Stock - Nudibranchs Category - "Treats From Maloolaba River"

1st Place - Jenny Stock - Nudibranchs Category - "Treats From Maloolaba River"

Jenny Stock Report

Terd Fergison
Community Member
1 month ago

Amazingly beautiful.

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#36

Honorable Mention Place - Fabien Michenet - Blackwater Category -"Alciopid Worm"

Honorable Mention Place - Fabien Michenet - Blackwater Category -"Alciopid Worm"

Fabien Michenet Report

Andres Tejeda
Community Member
1 month ago

That's the coolest looking worm I have every seen.

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#37

1st Place - Ferenc Lorincz - Compact Behavior Category - "Open Mouth Grouper"

1st Place - Ferenc Lorincz - Compact Behavior Category - "Open Mouth Grouper"

Ferenc Lorincz Report

PandaPiñata
Community Member
1 month ago

Measles vaccination - Do it!

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#38

4th Place - Fabien Martinazzo - Compact Macro Category - "La Communication Non Verbale"

4th Place - Fabien Martinazzo - Compact Macro Category - "La Communication Non Verbale"

Fabien Martinazzo Report

Mia Cardenas
Community Member
1 month ago

that goofy face!

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#39

3rd Place - Benhur Sarinda - Compact Wide Angle Category - "Stretching"

3rd Place - Benhur Sarinda - Compact Wide Angle Category - "Stretching"

Benhur Sarinda Report

Mia Cardenas
Community Member
1 month ago

These colors are gorgeous

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#40

Honorable Mention - Paolo Bondaschi - Macro Category - "Rospo Smeraldino"

Honorable Mention - Paolo Bondaschi - Macro Category - "Rospo Smeraldino"

Paolo Bondaschi Report

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 month ago

Excellent shot !!!

#41

Honorable Mention - Pedro Carillo - Marine Life Behavior Category - "The Choir"

Honorable Mention - Pedro Carillo - Marine Life Behavior Category - "The Choir"

Pedro Carillo Report

UnicornHuman
Community Member
1 month ago

YOMP

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#42

Honorable Mention - Galice Hoarau - Portrait Category - "Snooty"

Honorable Mention - Galice Hoarau - Portrait Category - "Snooty"

Galice Hoarau Report

Natasha Forchione
Community Member
1 month ago

O_O

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#43

4th Place - Lureen Ferretti - Blackwater Category - "Mom Keeping An Eye On The Little Ones"

4th Place - Lureen Ferretti - Blackwater Category - "Mom Keeping An Eye On The Little Ones"

Lureen Ferretti Report

Full Name
Community Member
1 month ago

"Billy, stop that!" "Mom, I'M Billy" "I thought you were Amy"

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#44

Honorable Mention - Steven Kovacs - Marine Life Behavior Category - "Egg Release"

Honorable Mention - Steven Kovacs - Marine Life Behavior Category - "Egg Release"

Steven Kovacs Report

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 month ago

Amazing shot !!!

#45

1st Place - Paolo Isgro - Supermacro Category - "Clownfish Eggs"

1st Place - Paolo Isgro - Supermacro Category - "Clownfish Eggs"

Paolo Isgro Report

Alex Grosdanofski
Community Member
1 month ago

Kinda looks like cathode ray tubes in an amp or something!

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#46

5th Place - Francis Perez - Conservation Category - "Sea Turtle Trapped"

5th Place - Francis Perez - Conservation Category - "Sea Turtle Trapped"

Francis Perez Report

Dana
Community Member
1 month ago

I hope the photographer cut him out of the net

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#47

4th Place - Borut Furlan - Wide-Angle Category - "Anemone City"

4th Place - Borut Furlan - Wide-Angle Category - "Anemone City"

Borut Furlan Report

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 month ago

Beautiful shot !!!

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#48

Honorable Mention - Alesso Tinti - Compact Macro Category - "Reflection"

Honorable Mention - Alesso Tinti - Compact Macro Category - "Reflection"

Alesso Tinti Report

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 month ago

Very good shot !!!

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#49

1st Place - Stephano Cerbai - Macro Category - "Radiography"

1st Place - Stephano Cerbai - Macro Category - "Radiography"

Stephano Cerbai Report

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 month ago

Fabulous shot, love the sea horse !!!

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#50

4th Place - Mel Wu - Novice Macro Category - "Cuttlefish And Friends"

4th Place - Mel Wu - Novice Macro Category - "Cuttlefish And Friends"

Mel Wu Report

Mia Cardenas
Community Member
1 month ago

sleeping beauty

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#51

1st Place - George Kuo-Wei Kao - Novice Wide Angle Category - "The Shepherd"

1st Place - George Kuo-Wei Kao - Novice Wide Angle Category - "The Shepherd"

George Kuo-Wei Kao Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

They were their stripes so well.

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#52

4th Place - Qing Lin - Supermacro Category - "Spikefin Goby"

4th Place - Qing Lin - Supermacro Category - "Spikefin Goby"

Qing Lin Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

It does not look terribly impressed.

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#53

2nd Place - Tobias Friedrich - Wide-Angle Category - "The Engine"

2nd Place - Tobias Friedrich - Wide-Angle Category - "The Engine"

Tobias Friedrich Report

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks kinda steampunky.

#54

2nd Place - Fabien Martinazzo - Compact Behavior Category - "Protective Cocoon Of The Parrot Fish"

2nd Place - Fabien Martinazzo - Compact Behavior Category - "Protective Cocoon Of The Parrot Fish"

Fabien Martinazzo Report

Full Name
Community Member
1 month ago

Eeewwwww. If anyone wonders why I wrote that, Google the cocoon.

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#55

4th Place - Simon Deblock - Compact Behavior Category - "Hairy Frogfish Hunting At Night"

4th Place - Simon Deblock - Compact Behavior Category - "Hairy Frogfish Hunting At Night"

Simon Deblock Report

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 month ago

Powerful shot !!!

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#56

2nd Place - Wu Yung-Sen - Macro Category - "The Story"

2nd Place - Wu Yung-Sen - Macro Category - "The Story"

Wu Yung-Sen Report

MN Free Spirit
Community Member
1 month ago

They look like the grumpy old men from The Muppet Show :)

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#57

4th Place - Petr Polách - Macro Category - "Lucernaria Quadricornis"

4th Place - Petr Polách - Macro Category - "Lucernaria Quadricornis"

Petr Polách Report

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 month ago

Fantastic shot !!!

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#58

3rd Place - Andrey Savin - Nudibranchs Category - "The Sky"

3rd Place - Andrey Savin - Nudibranchs Category - "The Sky"

Andrey Savin Report

Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
1 month ago

Nudibranchs are stunning

#59

2nd Place - Davide Lombroso - Portrait Category - "Look At Me"

2nd Place - Davide Lombroso - Portrait Category - "Look At Me"

Davide Lombroso Report

#60

3rd Place - Brooke Lori Pyke - Conservation Category - "Plastic Soup"

3rd Place - Brooke Lori Pyke - Conservation Category - "Plastic Soup"

Brooke Lori Pyke Report

Pillowhead
Community Member
1 month ago

hate seeing plastic in the ocean or any where in nature

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#61

3rd Place - Johan Sundelin - Coldwater Category - "Hungry"

3rd Place - Johan Sundelin - Coldwater Category - "Hungry"

Johan Sundelin Report

Full Name
Community Member
1 month ago

Love the motion blur

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#62

3rd Place - Steven Kovacs - Marine Life Behavior Category - "Worm With Eggs"

3rd Place - Steven Kovacs - Marine Life Behavior Category - "Worm With Eggs"

Steven Kovacs Report

Dana
Community Member
1 month ago

hehe no thanks

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#63

Honorable Mention - Greg Lecoeur - Portrait Category - "Cormoran Underwater"

Honorable Mention - Greg Lecoeur - Portrait Category - "Cormoran Underwater"

Greg Lecoeur Report

ispeak catanese
Community Member
1 month ago

A cormorant!

#64

2nd Place - Alessandro Grasso - Conservation Category - "Trapped"

2nd Place - Alessandro Grasso - Conservation Category - "Trapped"

Alessandro Grasso Report

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
4 weeks ago

This just breaks my heart!

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#65

Honorable Mention - Alessandro Buzzicheli - Wide-Angle Category - "The Cave"

Honorable Mention - Alessandro Buzzicheli - Wide-Angle Category - "The Cave"

Alessandro Buzzicheli Report

Mia Cardenas
Community Member
1 month ago

terrifying and gorgeous all in one

#66

Honorable Mention - Yat Wai So - Macro Category - "The Indian"

Honorable Mention - Yat Wai So - Macro Category - "The Indian"

Yat Wai So Report

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Wow! Beautiful. What is it?

#67

4th Place - Mauro Apuleo - Nudibranchs Category - "Green Field"

4th Place - Mauro Apuleo - Nudibranchs Category - "Green Field"

Mauro Apuleo Report

#68

3rd Place - Claudo Zori - Portrait Category - "Toads"

3rd Place - Claudo Zori - Portrait Category - "Toads"

Claudo Zori Report

Ju Li
Community Member
1 month ago

They were being naughty and the camera man appeared

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#69

3rd Place - Enrico Somogyi - Reefscapes Category - "Reef At Sunrise"

3rd Place - Enrico Somogyi - Reefscapes Category - "Reef At Sunrise"

Enrico Somogyi Report

Mia Cardenas
Community Member
1 month ago

stunning

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#70

3rd Place - Adam Martin - Wide-Angle Category - "Eye Of The Tornado"

3rd Place - Adam Martin - Wide-Angle Category - "Eye Of The Tornado"

Adam Martin Report

LanteiaTG
Community Member
1 month ago

I can't even fathom how that would look and feel to experience. Simply amazing.

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#71

Honorable Mention - Donghoon Lee - Compact Macro Category - "Dancing In The Garden"

Honorable Mention - Donghoon Lee - Compact Macro Category - "Dancing In The Garden"

Donghoon Lee Report

ispeak catanese
Community Member
1 month ago

Um. What are these?

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