The ocean’s vast expanse and mysterious depths have long captivated everyone’s imagination. Photographers are no excuse, and today we bring you some marvelous underwater and marine photography. The finalists for the Ocean Photographer of the Year 2023 have just been announced, and the selection is nothing short of breathtaking.
Photographer Steve Haining didn’t only take gorgeous underwater photos that you’ll absolutely enjoy looking at – they also landed him a Guinness World Record. Yup, Steve broke the world record for the deepest underwater portrait shoot! While doing something like this is no joke, it actually started as one, and Steve shared details of this incredible accomplishment with DIYP.
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’s one thing to shoot a large group shot such as at a wedding or graduation. But it’s quite another to have to do it underwater. That’s exactly what one British Columbia photographer ended up doing when her Royal Canadian Navy compatriots wanted their graduation photo taken in this unusual manner.
Sailor 1st Class Valerie LeClair was given the task of capturing the underwater shot of Royal Canadian Navy Divers who had recently passed a diving course.
Lake Baikal is the deepest and the oldest lake on Earth. Its icy surface is extremely photogenic, and people travel thousands of miles just so they could take photos at this magical place. But there’s another unique feature of this beautiful lake. It’s home to the Baikal seal or nerpa, one of the smallest pinnipeds in the world that could be found only in this lake.
Russian photographer Dmitry Kokh (previously) was on a mission to photograph this incredibly cute, but also incredibly shy creature. After a failed attempt two years ago, he gave it another shot and took some amazing photos of nerpas both above and below the icy lake surface. He kindly shared some photos with DIYP, and I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I did.
Great White sharks have earned quite a reputation for their aggression, largely due to the film Jaws. However, they are fascinating creatures and we still know relatively little about them.
Conservationist, filmmaker and photographer Jalil Najafov managed to capture a glimpse into the private lives of great white sharks when he spotted a 15-foot long female shark with an enormous circular bite mark on her back. Not only was this incredibly rare, but also raised the question of what caused the scar? Was it Megalodon? Or was it just another amorous great white falling in love at first bite?
Underwater Photographer of the Year has just announced its winners for 2022. And like every year, quite a lot of stunning scenes have been captured in splendid underwater photographs.
“One photo to rule them all” was taken by Spanish photographer Rafael Fernandez Caballero. He was named this year’s Underwater Photographer of the Year, and his incredible image shows five whale sharks feeding together at night in the waters of the Maldives.
Ocean Art is one of those photo contests that shows us the underwater world that we can’t see all that often, if at all. The contest has just announced its winners, and as always – they didn’t disappoint.
I’ve always loved the water. As a child, the promise of swimming, splashing, or jumping over salty waves was the one and only thing that could pull me away from my (endless library of) books with a smile on my face. Power over H2O was always my go-to superpower. Maybe because of that, I’ve come to equate water with magic. The Underwater Photographers I recently had the pleasure of speaking with seem to agree — to a certain extent.
“Show me something I haven’t seen before”. That is the voice of my photography teacher in almost every review session and something that I try to remember every time I take my camera out. It seems to be the mantra of all the winners and finalists of this year’s Ocean Photographer of the Year Awards, proving time and again that we know more about space than we do the oceans of our own planet.