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These Award-Winning Pics Reveal the Many Faces of the Sea

 The ocean world is full of wonderful creatures and unique seascapes. The only issue is, most of us rarely get to see any of these natural wonders because they are all hidden deep beneath the water. It’s always such a thrill to get a glimpse of this mysterious underwater world through photography and video. Luckily, photography contests like the annual World Oceans Day Photo Contest exist and share these gorgeous views with all of us at home.
This specific contest is hosted by the UN on June 8 - World Oceans Day. The winners are chosen across several categories designed to celebrate different aspects of marine beauty - from above-water seascapes to the ocean, life, and livelihoods category. Be transported to this stunning underwater world in 14 award-winning photos from the 2021 World Oceans Day Photo Contest.

1. The Winner of the Underwater Seascapes Category: A baby sea lion playing in a cave near Los Islotes in Mexico

Author: Nur Tucker

World Oceans Day Photo Contest Winners Nur Tucker

2. The winner of the Ocean, Life, and Livelihoods Category: Local fishermen handline fishing near the Solor Archipelago of Indonesia

Author: Renee Capozzola

3. 2nd place of the Ocean, Life, and Livelihoods Category: A striped marlin hunts for sardines in Magdalena Bay, Mexico

Author: Jacopo Brunetti

4. The winner of the Above-Water Seascapes Category: The Kallur cliff on the Kalsoy Island of the Faroe Islands, Denmark

Author: Pawel Zygmunt

5. The 2nd Place in the Underwater Seascapes Category: A cloud of sardines off the coast of Cebù Island in the Philippines

Author: Marchione Giacom

6. The 2nd Place in the Faces of the Sea Category: An amphipod hiding in its shelter at the Bodega Bay in California

Author: Sam Briggs

7. The 2nd place of the Digital Ocean Photo Art Category: Person leaving a trail of plastic (a comment on plastic pollution)

Author: Brett Stanley

8. The 2nd Place in the Ocean Discoveries Category: A school of skipjack tuna hunting sardines

Author: Hannes Klostermann

9. 2nd place in the Above-Water Seascapes Category: An aerial shot of two islands in Seychelles

Author: Christophe Mason-Parker

10. The Winner of the Ocean Discoveries Category: A cave diver near the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico

Author: Tom St George

11. Honorable mention in the Above-Water Seascapes Category: A baby California sea lion grooming the chin with its flipper

Author: Matthew Meier

12. The Winner of the Faces of the Sea Category: Yellow goosefish eggs ready to hatch

Author: Sayaka Ichinoseki

13. The winner of the Digital Ocean Photo Art Category: An edited image of a moray eel

Author: Francisco "Paco" Sedano

14. The 3rd Place in the Underwater Seascapes Category: A beautiful reef off the coast of West Papua in Indonesia

Author: Kevin De Vree

World Oceans Day Photo Contest Winners Kevin De Vree

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