Oceans cover over 70% of our beautiful planet Earth. Much of their vast waters remain unexplored by scientists, adventurers and photographers, leaving much to be seen. Fortunately, there are ocean photographers out there to pique our interest and capture the unseen sights of marine life. The second edition of the Ocean Photography Awards seeks to show the many corners of our oceans – and the environmental dangers they face – through the skillful lenses of the world’s best professional and amateur photographers. The recently launched competition announced the winners of eight annual awards, including Adventure Photographer of the Year and Youth Photographer of the Year.
Created by Oceanographic review in partnership with SeaLegacy, the competition aims to âinspire change when we need it mostâ. The oceans are under threat, but the competition aims to show its magic to a wide audience, emphasizing the need to protect our waters. “We are all creatures of the ocean, even if we don’t know it,” the competition reminds the world.
Photographer Aimee Jan won the coveted first prize and the title of Ocean Photographer of the Year 2021 for her image of a green sea turtle surrounded by a school of glass fish. “I was snorkeling when a colleague of mine told me there was a turtle under a ledge in a school of glass fish, about 10 meters deep,” said remembers Jan. âWhen I dove in to watch, the fish separated perfectly around the turtle. I told him, “I think I just took the best picture I ever took.”
The competition was fierce this year, full of breathtaking images of gentle whales, mind-blowing penguins and unsettling pollution, but Jan won unanimously. Ultimately, however, every photographer has played a vital role in bringing our beautiful oceans into focus. Marc Hayek, CEO of Blancpain, partner of the competition, commented: âTheir images reveal the ocean for what it is – or at least what it should be – a place full of life, colors and of wonder. They also remind us of the injustices we inflict on it.
Scroll down to check out some of the incredible nominees for this year’s Ocean Photography Awards competition. For the full list of nominees and their images, you can visit the Ocean Photography Awards website.
Created by Oceanographic review in partnership with SeaLegacy, the competition aims to âinspire change when we need it mostâ.
Scroll down for some of the most mind-boggling winners and finalists of 2021.
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