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Spectacular Photos of the Deep Big Blue

 The ocean can be described in an endless number of ways - it is refreshing, beautiful and humbling, it is vast, mysterious and terrifying. It is magnificent, so much so that is has inspired countless novels, films, documentaries, and songs. The sea attracts many devoted disciples, from divers to scientists, to surfers, biologists and of course, ocean-going enthusiasts. All are in constant awe of its power and beauty. These breathtaking photos illustrate just that: 
 
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The overall winning photograph: a courtship ritual between three devil rays. A situation that is rarely observed. 
big blue photo contest winners
(Credit: Duncan Murrell / Ocean Art)
Winner of the Wide-Angle category: A mother humpback whale. Spot her playful calf in the background.
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(Credit: Francois Baelen / Ocean Art)
Honorable mention in the Wide Angle category: Pacific Red Sockeye salmon swimming up the Adams River in Canada.
big blue photo contest winners
(Credit: Wu Yung Sen / Ocean Art)
Honorable mention in the Wide Angle category: Captured in the Solomon Islands an underwater crevice. 
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(Credit: Steve Kopp / Ocean Art)
5th Place in the Wide Angle category: A massive migration of golden rays in the Pacific waters off the coast of Costa Rica.
big blue photo contest winners
(Credit: Edwar Herreno / Ocean Art)
2nd place in the Underwater Art category: A sunrise at Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay in Australia.
big blue photo contest winners
(Credit: Jordan Robins / Ocean Art)
3rd Place in the Underwater Art category: Captured in Yucatan, Mexico, a freediver.
big blue photo contest winners
(Credit: Guillaume Nery / Ocean Art)
4th Place in the Underwater Art category: 30 to 40 different shots woven together to create a unique and strange narrative photograph entitled Treasure Hunters.
big blue photo contest winners
(Credit: Dennis Vandermeersch / Ocean Art)
Winner in the Underwater Art category: Captured in Bali, Indonesia, a simple swirl effect.
big blue photo contest winners
(Credit: Bruno Van Saen / Ocean Art)
Honorable mention in the Underwater Art category: A freediver swimming in a Cenote in Merida, Mexico.
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(Credit: Alexandre St. Jean / Ocean Art)
2nd Place in the SuperMacro category: A tiny porcelain crab in Anilao, Philippines. 
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(Credit: Wayne Jones / Ocean Art)
4th Place in the SuperMacro category: An incredible close up of a Nemo fish egg before it's hatched. Taken in Souther Leyte, Philippines.
big blue photo contest winners
(Credit: Leon Zhao / Ocean Art)
5th Place in the SuperMacro category: An octopus eye.
big blue photo contest winners
(Credit: Gaetano Gargiulo / Ocean Art)
Honorable mention in the Reefscapes category: A field of recently bleached coral from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
big blue photo contest winners
(Credit: Brett M Garner / Ocean Art)
4th Place in the Portrait category. A close look into the eye of a humpback whale calf.
big blue photo contest winners
(Credit: Shane Keena / Ocean Art)
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