Undoubtedly, underwater photography is a genre that draws powerfully from anyone, since it allows us know a little more about the hidden beauty of seas and oceans. So it is not surprising that there are many amateurs and various photography contests; one of them that we did not know are the Ocean Photography Awards 2021 what do you expect “shed light on the beauty of the ocean and the threats that threaten it“and just announced the results of his contest this year.

It’s about the second edition of a contest that is organized by Oceanographic magazine, bimonthly and that deals with conservation, exploration and adventure around the oceans. This British publication also collaborates with various non-profit associations (to which it allocates part of its income) and is associated with SeaLegacy, a conservation society whose mission is to keep the ocean in good shape.


Photo of Ben Thouard finalist in the 2021 Ocean Photography Awards Audience Award

Being its second year it is not a contest as well known as others, but it has a juicy section of prizes with more than over £ 500,000 cash, prizes in kind (from brands specializing in diving and marine activities) and even the opportunity to do a one-year residency at the SeaLegacy Collective, a group of renowned photographers and filmmakers dedicated to documenting marine ecosystems and life at sea. water’s edge.

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Photo of Ben Thouard finalist in the 2021 Ocean Photography Awards Audience Award

This year the biggest prize money, 2,500 pounds and the honor of being the Ocean Photographer of the Year 2021, the Australian photographer takes them Aimee Jan for the cover photo. An image showing a green sea turtle surrounded by glassfish that was caught off the Ningaloo Coast of Western Australia. A chosen image “among thousands of photos submitted from all over the world“and that was chosen unanimously by the seven judges of the contest.

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In total they were six categories to contest, including a new one called ‘Female Fifty Fathoms‘and that is meant to reward “inspiring women engaged in ocean photography“An award that went to the North American photographer and biology professor Renee capozzola (which has already won this other contest of the genre).

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Photo of Maxwel Hohn finalist in the 2021 Ocean Photography Awards Audience Award

All winning photos can be enjoyed in one free and open-air exhibition which is now open (until October 17, 2021) in the British capital, next to the famous Tower Bridge in London. We congratulate the winners and leave you with the photos of the winners in the different categories:

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The Ocean Photographer of the Year Award:

First place: Aimee Jan

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Second place: Henley Spiers

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Third place: Matty Smith

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Conservation Photographer of the Year Award:

First place: Kerim Sabuncuoglu

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Second place: Galice Hoarau

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Third place: Steven Kovacs

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Adventure Photographer of the Year Award:

First place: Ben Thouard

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Second place: Ben Thouard

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Third place: Sebastien Pontoizeau

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Exploration Photographer of the Year Award:

First place: Martin Broen

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Second place: Steven Kovacs

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Third place: Matty Smith

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Young Photographer of the Year Award:

First place: Hannah Le Leu

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Second place: Jack McKee

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Third place: Mikayla Jones

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Female Fifty Fathoms Award:

First place: Renee Capazzola

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Second place: Aimee Jan

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Third place: Emilie Ledwidge

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Community Choice Award (from the public):

First Place: Phil De Glanville

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Second place: Fabrice Guerin

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Third place: Michael Haluwana

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Collective Portfolio Award:

First place: Stefan Chistmann

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Second place: Matty Smith

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Third place: Alex Kydd

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