Witness the Breathtaking Undersea Images Showcasing the Beauty of Our Blue Planet August 27, 2023 by Tien Bui Leave a Comment From reef sharks to bioluminescent squid, the Ocean Photography Award highlights the wonders and perils of life in the sea A green turtle surrounded by glassfish in Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia. Green sea turtles, which are classified as endangered, migrate long distances between feeding grounds and the beaches from where they hatched. This year’s collection of pictures from Oceanographic Magazine’s Ocean Photography Awards captures a world hidden beneath the water’s surface. The group of winning images celebrates ocean residents while highlighting their uphill battle against climate change, overfishing, and pollution. The contest features eight categories, including the new Female Fifty Fathoms Award, an award aimed at elevating female photographers. Amateurs and professionals alike submitted images that encompass a range of species and marine ecosystems. In one picture, a diver navigates a stalactite-filled undersea cave in Mexico, and in another, a photographer captures the glowing bespeckled face of a squid. This year’s Ocean Photographer of the Year, Aimee Jan, won the grand prize with her image of a green sea turtle surrounded by glassfish in Western Australia. A selection of the contest’s images is on display at a free, month-long outdoor exhibition in London. Second Prize, Ocean Photographer of the Year Gannets dive for mackerel in the Shetland Islands, Isle of Noss, U.K. Northern Gannets are monogamous and mate for life, much like albatrosses. Third Place, Ocean Photographer of the Year A hawksbill turtle hatchling in Papua New Guinea. The turtle gets its common name from the shape of its curved, pointed beak, which resembles a bird of prey. Winner, Female Fifty Fathoms Award A blacktip reef shark breaks the water’s surface at sunset in Moorea, French Polynesia. As top predators, sharks play an important role in the ecosystem food chain balance and serve as an indicator for healthy oceans.