25 breathtaking photos of what life looks like underwater
There are a lot of photography competitions out there these days. Probably due to the rise in interest in photography but definitely due to the rise in quality. This one is no exception.
The Underwater Photographer of the Year competition proves this by showcasing the best shots of the incredible variety of wildlife swimming beneath oceans, lakes, and rivers around the world.
Photographers braved freezing waters, pitch-black caves, and hungry predators, sometimes waiting days for the perfect moment to photograph a reticent crab or a swift school of fish.
Here are 25 photos from this year’s collection of winners.
“Sea lion playing with starfish” by Francis Pérez
“Out of the Blue” by Nick Blake
“Under My Umbrella” by Caitlin Craciun
“Silversides at Twilight” by Anatoli Myshlyaev
“Orca Pod” by Nicholai Georgiou
“The eyes have it” by Trevor Reese
“Green turtles in the rays” by Greg Lecoeur
“Dolphins Hunting” by Greg Lecoeur
“Capturing History” by Tanya Houppermans
“Prey?” by So Yat Wai
“Lodberry Jellyfish” by Cy Sullivan
“Walking” by Eero Hällfors
“Purple baubles in a sea of yellow” by Trevor Rees
“Imp of Darkness” by Damien Mauric
“Can I help you?” by Ellen Cuylaerts
“Competition” by Richard Shucksmith
“A migratory alewife swims through turbulent flow” by Sean Landsman
“Kiss Me!” by David Barrio
“Views at dawn” by Pasquale Vassallo
“Your home and my home” by Qing Lin
“The Haunted Room” by Nadya Kulagina
“Expectant Parents” by Susannah H. Snowden-Smith