Oceanographic Magazine has announced the winners of the Ocean Photography Awards 2020, including the overall winner: the Ocean Photographer of the Year. Six photographers won prizes across seven awards, whittled down from more than 3,000 initial competition submissions. Canadian photographer, Nadia Aly, was named Ocean Photographer of the Year 2020. The Ocean Photography Awards, in partnership with SeaLegacy and supported by Princess Yachts, is a celebration of our blue planet and a platform to shine a light on the threats facing the ocean.
Will Harrison, the editor of Oceanographic Magazine, said: “We’re delighted to finally be sharing the competition winner – the Ocean Photographer of the Year. Nadia Aly’s winning photograph mesmerized all seven of our judges, and it’s easy to see why – it’s a beautiful image that captures the
the vibrancy of life in the ocean.
You can find Ocean Photography Awards on the Web:
#1 Nadia Aly: The Ocean Photographer of the Year – Winner
An aggregation of mobula rays in clear waters off Baja California Sur, Mexico.
#2 Sacha Specker: The Ocean Photographer of the Year – Runner-Up
Between two realms. A surfer seemingly waves to the world below as he surfs a wave at Log Cabins, Oahu, Hawaii.
#3 Magnus Lundborg: The Ocean Photographer of the Year – Third
A rare white southern right whale photographed off Puerto Pirámides, Argentina.
#4 Jason Gulley: Ocean Adventure Photographer of the Year – Winner
A freediving instructor waits for their student to return from a dive below Cenote Angelita’s microbial cloud. Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.
#5 Sean Scott: Ocean Adventure Photographer of the Year – Runner-Up
Two sharks surf a wave at Red Bluff, Quobba Station, in remote Western Australia.
#6 Duncan Murrell: Ocean Adventure Photographer of the Year – Third
Three spinetail devil rays engage in sexual courtship – a behaviour rarely observed or photographed. Honda Bay, Philippines.
#7 Nadia Aly: Collective Portfolio Award – Winner
Nadia Aly is an award-winning wildlife photographer, with a focus on underwater marine life. Her primary goal is to educate people about the diverse populations of sea creatures that exist in the ocean. She hopes her photography can raise awareness and interest in supporting efforts to conserve the ocean and its inhabitants.
#8 Henley Spiers: Collective Portfolio Award – Second
Henley Spiers is an award-winning photographer who has featured regularly in the international press, including The Sunday Times and Der Spiegel, as well as multiple magazine covers. In 2019, he co-authored Black is the New Blue Vol. II, showcasing blackwater diving. His latest book, the Guide to Cebu, was co-written with his wife and frequent collaborator, Jade. Sought after as a teacher and guide, Henley also leads photographic trips to see incredible underwater wildlife encounters around the globe.
#9 Shane Gross: Collective Portfolio Award – Third
Shane Gross is a Canadian marine conservation photojournalist and Emerging League member of the International League of Conservation Photographers. He is currently based in The Bahamas working to conserve queen conch, Nassau grouper, seagrass and mangrove habitats, among others. Shane’s work has been recognised by the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Underwater Photographer of the Year, Nature Photographer of the Year and many others. He is widely published around the world and his first book, Bahamas Underwater, is out soon.
#10 Tobias Baumgaertner: Community Chhoice Award Winner
Two penguins look out across the water, Melbourne’s lights in the distance. St Kilda, Australia.
#11 Matt Sharp: Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year – Winner
A hermit crab crawls atop a pile of plastic in a shell made from manmade waste in the Maldives.
#12 Andrea Benvenutti: Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year – Runner-Up
A plastic bottle lies amongst the nests of the world’s largest colony of imperial cormorants, 100km south of Puerto Madryn, Argentina.
#13 Joe Daniels: Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year – Third
A diver’s regulator holder cuts into the flesh of an oceanic whitetip shark, damaging its gills. Photographed in the Red Sea, Egypt.
#14 Ben Cranke: Ocean Exploration Photographer of the Year – Winner
Penguins march through heavy snowfall and strong winds in St Andrews Bay, South Georgia, Antarctica.
#15 Karim Iliya: Ocean Exploration Photographer of the Year – Runner-Up
A freediver explores a cave in Tonga.
#16 Florian Ledoux: Ocean Exploration Photographer of the Year – Third
Crabeater seals rest on slabs of sea ice in Antarctic waters at dawn.
#17 Cruz Erdmann: Young Ocean Photographer of the Year – Winner
The silky tentacles of a brightly coloured Magnificent Anemone sway in surging water, exposing Maldivian anemone fish. Laamu Atoll, South Maldives.
#18 Ben Cammarata: Young Ocean Photographer of the Year – Runner-Up
A juvenile black skimmer hunts for prey at the water’s surface. Martha’s Vineyard, USA.
#19 Kyla McLay: Young Ocean Photographer of the Year – Third
A dolphin breaches the waterline. USA
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