AceBreakingNews – Dugongs, sharks and a ‘paper nautilus’ — The winning images from the Ocean Photographer of the Year 2023 competition
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This year’s title goes to marine biologist and amateur photographer Jialing Cai.
Her stunning image of a paper nautilus — a type of octopus — floating on a piece of ocean debris came up top among the 8,000 entries submitted.
The competition called on drone, underwater and coastal photographers “to showcase the beauty of our planet” and “dazzle the world”, a spokesperson from Oceanographic Magazine said.
The fourth of its kind since 2020, the competition saw photographers compete across nine categories:
- Ocean Photographer of the Year
- Wildlife Photographer of the Year
- Fine Art Photographer of the Year
- Adventure Photographer of the Year
- Conservation (Hope) Photographer of the Year
- Human Connection Award: People & Planet Ocean
- Young Photographer of the Year
- Ocean Portfolio Award
- Female Fifty Fathoms Award
Here are the stand-outs — and your nature fix — in pictures.
The Ocean Photographer of the Year
The judges were on the hunt for pictures that evoked an emotional connection and embodied a deep sense of storytelling.
Cai’s photograph was taken during a blackwater dive following a volcanic eruption in the Philippines, and she clearly delivered.
The 25-year-old said her professor was her inspiration, telling her: “The deep sea was within my reach, that it would come to me”.
“That realisation was mind-blowing,” Cai said. “It’s why [I’ve become] so obsessed with blackwater photography.”
Providing the backstory for the winning image, Cai said:
“As underwater photographers, we aim to shoot in clear water but this image reminds us that grains of sand, organic matter, or tiny organisms are integral parts of the underwater environment.
“I aim to accept their presence and seek non-disruptive ways to incorporate them into my images.”
A sea anemone, a crab and plankton came together for this work of art to take second place, also shot in the Philippines.
Photographer Andrei Savin said: “It’s insanely interesting to watch the same creatures day after day, and I love to study them as they evolve.”A red crab sits in the centre of a sea anemone as it sways in ocean current in the Philippines.(Supplied: Ocean Photographer of the Year 2023/Andre Savin)
Coming in third place, was this emotional image of a dying humpback whale.
Photographer Alvaro Herrero Lopez-Beltran captured this image after the whale became entangled in ropes and buoys.
It was a conflicting moment for Lopez-Beltran as he felt “great sadness and hopeless” but he was also “glad … to show the world what we’re doing”.
“The image is a sad metaphor for the slow and painful death that we are causing to our planet and the oceans,” he says.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Fine Art Photographer of the Year
Adventure Photographer of the Year
Conservation (Hope) Photographer of the Year
Human Connection Award: People & Planet Ocean
Young Photographer of the Year
Ocean Portfolio Award
Thai photographer Sirachai Arunrugstichai snagged the award with a confronting portfolio that showcases the treatment of deep-sea species.
Here are a few haunting images from the gallery of 10 images.
Female Fifty Fathoms Award
Four Chilean devil rays glide through the ocean.(Supplied: Ocean Photographer of the Year 2023/Merche Llobera)
All photography will be showcased at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney.
The exhibition will be open to the public for five months from November 17.
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