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

More info: uwphotographyguide.com

 

#1

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

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

Enrico Somogyi Report

#2

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

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

Tianhong Wang Report

#3

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

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

Steven Kovacs Report

#4

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

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

Dave Johnson Report

#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

#6

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

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

Paula Vianna Report

#7

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

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

Paolo Bausani Report

#8

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

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

Greg Lecoeur Report

#9

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

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

Greg Lecoeur Report

#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

#11

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

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

Jake Wilton Report

#12

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

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

Andrea Pescarolo Report

#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

#14

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

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

Nicholas More Report

#15

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

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

Johan Sundelin Report

#16

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

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

Virginia Salzedo Report

#17

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

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

Emry Oxford Report

#18

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

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

Celia Kujala Report

#19

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

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

Fabien Michenet Report

#20

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

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

Jules Casey Report

#21

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

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

Francisco Sedano Report

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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

#23

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

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

Shane Gross Report

#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

#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

#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

#27

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

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

Tobias Friedrich Report

#28

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

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

Suzan Meldonian Report

#29

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

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

Mirko Zanni Report

#30

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

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

Aldo Costa Report

Note: this post originally had 100 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

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