Close-up of octopus mom and her babies win 2022 Ocean Art underwater photo contest

Jan 19, 2023

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Jan 19, 2023

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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© Kat Zhou/Ocean Art 2022

The Underwater Photography Guide has announced the results of its Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition for 2022. One of the world’s largest underwater photo contests hasn’t disappointed, and ahead of you is a selection of marvelous photos taken in the underwater realm.

“It is clear from this year’s winning images that our community of underwater photographers has dived into a new and exciting post-pandemic era,” the contest organizers write. As the travel ban was lifted in most of the world, it allowed divers and underwater photographers to travel, discover, and photograph the vibrant and exciting underwater world.

The “best in show,” or the overall winner shows a moving moment from an octopus. Kat Zhou captured it in Palm Beach, Florida, and depicts the bittersweet final days between a mother octopus and her young before dying of old age. This image also brought Zhou the first place in Macro category.

This year’s competition received thousands of entries from photographers from 96 countries. They submitted their work to 14 different categories, and this year, the contest debuted a new Mobile Phone category. “We hope this category will inspire new underwater photographers and explorers to tell their own stories,” the organizers write.

Nirupam Nigam, Editor-in-Chief of the Underwater Photography Guide and a partner in Bluewater Photo and Bluewater Travel commented:

“The winners of Ocean Art 2022 surprised me. I expected an ‘instagramable’ moment to steal the show. Instead, each image is that of photographic excellence or poetic reflection of the natural world around us. These images will be seared in my mind of years to come.”

As the world resumes activities once considered normal, Ocean Art 2022 is a testament to the promise of novel photographic talent and innovation ahead. I leave you now to enjoy this year’s winners and make sure to check out more photos and details on the contest’s website.

Wide-Angle

© Renee Capozzola/Ocean Art 2022; 1st place
© Daniel Nicholson/Ocean Art 2022; 2nd place
© Martin Broen/Ocean Art 2022; 3rd place

Macro

© Kat Zhou/Ocean Art 2022; 1st place
© Matthew Sullivan/Ocean Art 2022; 2nd place
© Nicholas Remy/Ocean Art 2022; 3rd place

Marine Life Behavior

© Galice Hoarau/Ocean Art 2022; 1st place
© Bryant Turffs/Ocean Art 2022; 2nd place
© Tom Shlesinger/Ocean Art 2022; 3rd place

Portrait

© Kuo-Wei Kao/Ocean Art 2022; 1st place
© Gabriella Luongo/Ocean Art 2022; 2nd place
© Kim Briers/Ocean Art 2022; 3rd place

Coldwater

© Nicolas Remy/Ocean Art 2022; 1st place
© Yannick Gouguenheim/Ocean Art 2022; 2nd place
© Jon Anderson/Ocean Art 2022; 3rd place

Nudibranchs

© Aleksei Permiakov/Ocean Art 2022; 1st place
© Veronika Nagy/Ocean Art 2022; 2nd place
© Luke Gordon/Ocean Art 2022; 3rd place

Blackwater

© Dennis Corpuz/Ocean Art 2022; 1st place
© Josh Raia/Ocean Art 2022; 2nd place
© Steven Kovacs/Ocean Art 2022; 3rd place

Underwater Conservation

© Lawrence Alex Wu/Ocean Art 2022; 1st place
© Caroline Power/Ocean Art 2022; 2nd place
© Gabriella Luongo/Ocean Art 2022; 3rd place

Underwater Art

© Sarah Teveldal/Ocean Art 2022; 1st place
© Julian Nedev/Ocean Art 2022; 2nd place
© Lilian Koh/Ocean Art 2022; 3rd place

Black & White

© Martin Broen/Ocean Art 2022; 1st place
© Brooke Pyke/Ocean Art 2022; 2nd place
© Piers Baillie/Ocean Art 2022; 3rd place

Compact Wide Angle

© Enrico Somogyi/Ocean Art 2022; 1st place
© Felix Beck/Ocean Art 2022; 2nd place
© Martina Favero/Ocean Art 2022; 3rd place

Compact Macro

© Eunhee Cho/Ocean Art 2022; 1st place
© Regie Casia/Ocean Art 2022; 2nd place
© David Pleuvret/Ocean Art 2022; 3rd place

Compact Behavior

© PT Hirschfield/Ocean Art 2022; 1st place
© Sheryl Wright/Ocean Art 2022; 2nd place
© PT Hirschfield/Ocean Art 2022; 3rd place

Mobile Phone

© Alessandro Buzzichelli/Ocean Art 2022; 1st place
© Chris Gug/Ocean Art 2022; 2nd place
© Grega Verc/Ocean Art 2022; 3rd place

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Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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