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14 Award-Winning Photos of Marine Life and Sea Exploration

 The mysterious and serene depths of the ocean have attracted and fascinated humanity for millennia, and they continue capturing our attention today. After all, the deep ocean remains the last unexplored frontier on our planet, and we can only wonder what secrets are waiting for us within its dark waters.
Photography allows those of us who are not marine photographers or sea explorers to get a glimpse of the ocean’s mysteries. And that’s exactly why we’re always so eager to admire and share the winners of the annual Underwater Photographer of the Year competition with you. The year 2021 is no different. Yet again, we get to marvel at these artful photos and see the wonders of aquatic life.

1. Winner: "Shark's Skylight" by Renee Capozzola

Location: Moorea, French Polynesia
2021 Underwater Photographer of the Year "Shark's Skylight" by Renee Capozzola

2. British Waters Wide Angle Winner: "While you sleep" by Mark Kirkland

Location: Malls Mire, Glasgow, Scotland

3. "Bowlander" by Tobias Friedrich

Location: Nassau, Bahamas

4. "Resplendence - Black browed Albatross" by Danny Lee

Location: Bay of Fires, Tasmania, Australia

5. "Guardian Deity" by Ryohei Ito

Location: Japan

6. "Jellyfish galore" by Oleg Gaponyuk

Location: Jellyfish Lake, Palau

7. "Japanese manefish" by Keigo Kawamura

Location: Japan

8. "Face to face" by JingGong Zhang

Location: Minabe, Wakayama, Japan

Related Article:  Underwater Photography Contest 2017

9. "Rainbow goby" by ManBd

Location: Lembeh, Indonesia

10. "Sunrise mute swan feeding underwater" by Ian Wade

Location: St Georges Park, Bristol, UK

11. "Larval lionfish" by Steven Kovacs

Location: Palm Beach, Florida, USA

12. "Gothic Chamber" by Martin Broen

Location: Cenote Monkey Dust, Mexico
2021 Underwater Photographer of the Year "Gothic Chamber" by Martin Broen

13. "A striped marlin in a high-speed hunt in Mexico" by Karim Iliya

Location: San Carlos, Baja, California, USA
2021 Underwater Photographer of the Year "A striped marlin in a high speed hunt in Mexico" by Karim Iliya

14. ​"Grey seal gully" by Kirsty Andrews

Location: Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK

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