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Ocean Photos So Stunning You Won’t Believe They’re Real


Behold the best underwater photographs made in 2018 according to the jury of the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition that was held recently for the 7th year in a row. In this competition, the top nature photographers in the world competed across 16 genres.

The winner is the first photo in our photo collection, which we prepared especially for our readers. This is a photo of 3 stingrays engaging in a courtship ritual captured by photographer Duncan Murrell in Honda Bay, Philippines.

This competition is a very important one, as it lets the public get a glimpse of the wonders of the underwater world and nature, thereby raising awareness of water pollution worldwide. Admire the beauty of the oceans and rivers together with us in this photo gallery of the competition right now.


Devil Ray Ballet

ocean photos competition Devil Ray Ballet
Species: Spinetail devil rays (Mobula japanica)
Best of Show, Marine Life Behavior, 1st Place. Duncan Murrell. Shot in Honda Bay, Palawan, the Philippines


ocean photos competition nemo
Species:​ Ocellaris Clownfish in ritteri sea anemone
Portrait, Honorable Mention. Matteo Visconti.
Shot in Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, Japan with Nikon D850

Paddle Boarders Sunset

ocean photos competition Paddle Boarders Sunset
Wide Angle, 2nd Place. Grant Thomas.
Shot in Ha’apai, Tonga with Canon 5D Mark III


ocean photos competition burst
Species: California Sealion in the kelp forest
Cold Water, 2nd Place. Tyler Schiffman.
Shot in Monterey bay, United States with Sony A7R III

Foggy Morning In Adams River

ocean photos competition foggy morning in adams river
Species: Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka)
Cold Water, 5th Place. Eiko Jones.
Shot in British Columbia, Canada with Nikon D800e Camera

Dancing Jellyfish

ocean photos competition dancing jellyfish
Compact Wide Angle, 1st Place. Melody Chuang.
Shot in North-East Coast, Taiwan with Olympus TG5 Camera

Face to Face

ocean photos competition face to face
Mirrorless Macro, Honorable Mention. Rafi Amar.
Shot in Shark Paradise, Bahamas with Olympus OM-D E-M1

Gentle Giants
ocean photos competition

Species: Humpback whale and her calf (Megaptera novaeangliae).
Wide-Angle, 1st Place. François Baelen.
Shot in Saint-Gilles, Reunion Island with Sony A7III

Sheep on the Shot

ocean photos competition sheep on the shot

Species:​ Costasiella sp.
Nudibranchs, Honorable Mention. Chun Ho Tam.
Shot in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia with Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Smile of a Friend

ocean photos competition smile of a friend

Species: American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus)
Novice DSLR, 2nd Place. Antonio Pastrana.
Shot in Jucaro, Cuba with Nikon D850 Camera


ocean photos competition Ancistrocheirus
Species: Sharp-eared enope squid (Ancistricheirus lesseurii).
Macro, 1st Place. Jeff Milisen.
Shot in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii with Canon T1i


ocean photos competition cleaning
Species: White Banded Cleaner Shrimp
Marine Life Behavior, 6th Place. Liang Fu.
Shot in Tulamben Bali Indonesia with Canon 5DS


ocean photos competition

Reefscapes, 2nd Place. Tobias Friedrich.
Shot in Red Sea, Egypt with Canon 1DX Mark II

Atlantic Spotted Dolphins

ocean photos competition atlantic spotted dolphins
Mirrorless Wide-Angle, 1st Place. Eugene Kitsios.
Shot in Bimini, Bahamas with Olympus E-M1 Camera

Discovering the Hidden Face of Yucatan

ocean photos competition Discovering the Hidden Face of Yucatan
Freediver in Cenote
Underwater Art, 3rd Place. Guillaume Néry.
Shot in Yucatan, Mexico with Sony A7R II Camera
Special Encounter
ocean photos competition special encounter
Species: Oceanic Manta Ray
Novice DSLR, 1st Place. Alvin Cheung.
Shot it Socorro, Mexico with Nikon D810 Camera
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