Experience the Captivating Underwater World: Stunning Images Showcasing the Beauty of Our Blue Planet August 27, 2023 by Tien Bui Leave a Comment Winner, Exploration Photographer of the Year Speleothems (stalactites and stalagmites) cast shadows in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Second Place: Female Fifty Fathoms Award A manta ray feeds in the calm waters of Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia. Manta rays are one of the largest fish in the world, with some individuals reaching wingspans of more than 25 feet. Third Place, Exploration Photographer of the Year A portrait of a southern calamari squid in Bushrangers Bay, Australia. The hungry squid feed mainly in the dark and often approach divers at night to feed on the fish and crustaceans attracted to their lights. Third Place, Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year A freediver duck dives to capture a photograph of a humpback whale. The school-bus-sized animals are known for their melodic songs and dramatic breaching. Winner, Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year A dead moray eel caught on an abandoned fishing line in Bodrum, Turkey. Winner, Young Ocean Photographer of the Year A young sea turtle hatchling surfacing for air in Heron Island, Australia. There are seven species of sea turtle found around the world, all of which are vulnerable or endangered.