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The Ocean Photography Awards 2021 Announced Their Finalists (89 Pics)

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The ocean is a mystical place. No one knows what’s deep down in it. What creatures live there, what lost civilizations are at the bottom of it. Some people are really scared of that unknown and unexplored ocean; however, it can be very beautiful and stunning. Not to mention that it’s vital for our survival.

The Ocean Photography Awards are back on Bored Panda to show you the beauty of our oceans. Photographers from all over the world gathered up and submitted stunning photos that could be the winners of the 2021 contest. The Ocean Photography Awards have a mission of showing the importance of preserving marine life and environments. The awards are divided into six different categories, which each will have their own winners in addition to the overall champion.

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#1 Conservation Photographer, Nicholas Samaras

“A seahorse clings to a face mask (in Stratoni, Greece)”

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Here’s what Oceanographic says on their website: “The Ocean Photography Awards™ is a celebration of our beautiful blue planet, as well as a platform to highlight the many plights it is facing. A total of eight awards, including the inaugural Female Fifty Fathoms Award, will be announced this year, with the overall winner, the Ocean Photographer of the Year, announced on September 16th.”

#2 Youth Photographer, Hannah Le Leu

“A green sea turtle hatchling cautiously surfaces for air, to a sky full of hungry birds in Heron Island, Australia.”

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#3 Community Choice Award, Phil De Glanville

“Surfer Jack Robinson rides the famous break known as ‘The Right’, home to some of the heaviest waves in the world.”

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“The Ocean Photography Awards offers photographers the opportunity to win some truly unique and career-changing prizes. As well as cash prizes, equipment from generous ocean brands and social media exposure to millions of ocean photography enthusiasts, entrants also have the chance of securing a year-long residency as a member of the SeaLegacy Collective. The prizes on offer have a total value of more than £500,000, though some, in truth, are priceless.” Click here to see the prizes in detail!

#4 Adventure Photographer, Martin Broen

“A diver descends into a cenote. Quintana Roo, Mexico”

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#5 Adventure Photographer, Sebastien Pontoizeau

“A freediver duck dives to capture a photograph of a humpback whale.”

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Oceanographic want to help save the ocean: “Oceanographic is a magazine that is both about and for the ocean. We donate 20% of annual profits to marine conservation charities, making us part of the fight for a healthier blue planet. Because part of our donation total is derived from magazine sales, that means our readers are part of the fight too. Become an Oceanographic reader, become an ocean conservationist!”

#6 Adventure Photographer, Steve Woods

“Sea lions swarm a diver. Vancouver Island, Canada”

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#7 Adventure Photographer, Grant Thomas

“Playful grey seals – a species that has been protected in the UK for decades under the Conservation of Seals Act 1970. Farne Islands, United Kingdom”

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“Oceanographic is partnered with some of the most committed and effective marine conservation charities working today, ensuring all donations are used purposefully in the pursuit of a better-protected ocean. Real change can only be fostered by empowering a variety of ocean communities, from divers to surfers, via yachters and kayakers. Oceanographic is delighted to be partnered with esteemed and diverse charities, including Project AWARE® and Blue Sphere Foundation.”

#8 Stefan Christmann

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#9 Exploration Photographer, Matty Smith

“A southern bobtail squid puts on a performance. Wollongong Harbour, Australia “

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#10 Adventure Photographer, Daisuke Kurashima

“A humpback whale dives into the blue, emitting a trail of bubbles as it descends. Okinawa, Japan”

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#11 Stefan Christmann

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#12 Collective Portfolio Award, Stefan Christmann

“Male emperor penguins huddling during polar night, to stay warm as a group.”

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#13 Community Choice Award, Michael Haluwana

“A pod of dolphins catches a wave. Cape Naturaliste, Western Australia”

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#14 Matty Smith

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#15 Stefan Christmann

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#16 Community Choice Award, Fabrice Guerin

“A sea lion hunts mackerel off the coast of Baja (California Sur, Mexico).”

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#17 Adventure Photographer, Tanya Houppermans

“An American crocodile glides through the water at sunset at Gardens of the Queen, Cuba, a protected marine reserve since 1996.”

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#18 Alex Kydd

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#19 Adventure Photographer, James Ferrara

“A sperm whale and sargassum seaweed. Roseau, Dominica”

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#20 Ocean Conservation Photographer, Henley Spiers

“An olive ridley turtle ensnared by fishing gear, far offshore in the Pacific Ocean.
Baja California Sur, Mexico.”

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#21 Young Ocean Photographer, Jack Mckee

“A juvenile flying fish, photographed from below. Lady Elliot Island, Australia”

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#22 Adventure Photographer, Ben Thouard

“A wave known as Teahupo’o, as seen from below. Tahiti, French Polynesia”

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#23 Stefan Christmann

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#24 Matty Smith

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#25 Matty Smith

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#26 Galice Hoarau

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#27 Adventure Photographer, Rodrigo Thome

“A shiver of hammerhead sharks.”

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#28 Exploration Photographer, Fabrice Guerin

“A freediver makes their way back to the surface following a dive. Quintana Roo, Mexico”

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#29 Ocean Conservation Photographer, Steven Kovacs

“A lizardfish tries to eat a cigarette filter. Florida, USA”

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#30 Exploration Photographer, Scott Portelli

“False killer whales, in black and white. Ovaka, Tonga”

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#31 Young Ocean Photographer, Mikayla Jones

“Two gray whales seemingly pose for the camera. Baja California, Mexico”

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#32 Exploration Photographer, Steven Kovacs

“A rare deep water cusk eel larva. Florida, USA”

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#33 Collective Portfolio Award, Grace Hoarau

“Snooty the lemon shark, Jupiter, Florida.”

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#34 Steven Kovacs

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#35 Collective Portfolio Award, Steven Kovacs

“Larval lobster carrying four larval acorn worms which are one of its food sources.”

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#36 Exploration Photographer, Tobias Friedrich

“Life beneath a frozen fjord. Tasiilaq Fjord, East Greenland”

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#37 Exploration Photographer, Matthew Bagley

“A southern bottle tail squid in the palm of a hand. Western Port Bay, Australia”

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#38 Exploration Photographer, Steve Woods

“Coastal wolves play on a remote beach. British Columbia, Canada”

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#39 Stefan Christmann

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#40 Matty Smith

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#41 Adventure Photographer, Jake Wilton

“A manta ray, surrounded by a school of fish. Coral Bay, Western Australia”

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#42 Adventure Photographer, Scott Portelli

“A humpback whale calf crashes back into the ocean after a breach. Neiafu, Tonga “

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#43 Ocean Conservation Photographer, Stefan Christmann

“An emperor penguin chick stands on the edge of the ice-shelf, staring at the open water below. Atka Bay, Antarctica”

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#44 Collective Portfolio Award, Matty Smith

“Pacific Man o’ War, a colorful marine invader under an apocalyptic red sky.”

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#45 Matty Smith

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#46 Exploration Photographer, Nadia Aly

“Emperor penguins stand tall against bracing winds. Snow Hill, Antarctica”

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#47 Ocean Conservation Photographer, Steven Kovacs

“A female paper nautilus drifts along on a piece of trash. Anilao, Philippines”

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#48 Alex Kydd

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#49 Community Choice Award, Ben Thouard

“A surfer wipeout, as captured from below the surface. Tahiti, French Polynesia”

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#50 Alex Kydd

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#51 Galice Hoarau

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#52 Ocean Conservation Photographer, Thien Nguyen Ngoc

“Anchovy fishing boats photographed from above along the coastline of Phu Yen province, Vietnam. Phu Yen province, Vietnam”

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#53 Matty Smith

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#54 Adventure Photographer, Ben Thouard

“Surfer Matahi Drollet catches a wave known as Teahupo’o in Tahiti. Tahiti, French Polynesia”

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#55 Stefan Christmann

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#56 Community Choice Award, Maxwel Hohn

“A sea nettle drifts in the shallows of Monterey Bay. California, USA”

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#57 Alex Kydd

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#58 Exploration Photographer, Martin Broen

“Speleothems cast long shadows at Cenote Dos Pisos (in Quintana Roo, Mexico).”

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#59 Alex Kydd

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#60 Galice Hoarau

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#61 Exploration Photographer, Scott Portelli

“A diver observes mating cuttlefish. Port Bonython, South Australia”

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#62 Exploration Photographer, Martin Broen

“A cave diver is silhouetted against a colorful backdrop in cenote Chikin Ha, created by tannic acid. Quintana Roo, Mexico”

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#63 Stefan Christmann

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#64 Matty Smith

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#65 Matty Smith

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#66 Alex Kydd

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#67 Alex Kydd

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#68 Conservation Photographer, Kimball Chen

“An endangered yellow-eyed penguin under a starry sky (in Curio Bay, New Zealand)”

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#69 Galice Hoarau

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#70 Alex Kydd

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#71 Steven Kovacs

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#72 Steven Kovacs

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#73 Galice Hoarau

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#74 Steven Kovacs

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#75 Galice Hoarau

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#76 Galice Hoarau

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#77 Steven Kovacs

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#78 Steven Kovacs

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#79 Steven Kovacs

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#80 Stefan Christmann

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#81 Galice Hoarau

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#82 Galice Hoarau

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#83 Ocean Conservation, Galice Hoarau

A shark with a fishing hook and line protruding from its mouth.

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#84 Alex Kydd

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#85 Exploration Photographer, Matty Smith

“A portrait of a squid. Bushrangers Bay, Australia”

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#86 Steven Kovacs

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#87 Steven Kovacs

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#88 Alex Kydd

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#89 Adventure Photographer, Gergo Rugli

“A common dolphin photographed in the Port Stephens Marine Park off Broughton Island. Port Stephens, Australia “

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