Winners of the 2015 Ocean Art Contest

Photography is a powerful thing. With the click of a button, time stops. With a single image, a fleeting moment lasts a lifetime. And for five years Underwater Photography Guide has honored the underwater photographers who have mastered this art with the prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition. Announced in January, the winners of this year’s contests were selected out of thousands of entries from across the globe by a panel of judges including Tony Wu, Martin Edge, and Marty Snyderman, accompanied by Underwater Photography Guide publisher Scott Gietler.

Below is a taste of the incredible images that stood out from the competition, and you can see the full list of winners at tinyurl.com/oceanart2015.

We congratulate all of the winning photographers, and encourage all underwater shooters to enter the ring for the 2016 competition!

For more, go to uwphotographyguide.com

wood turtle in pennsylvania creek underwater photography

Matthew Sullivan

Wood Turtle

This photo of the endangered wood turtle took first place in the Mirrorless Wide-Angle category of the 2015 Ocean Art Photo Competition. See the full story behind the shot — and full list of winning photos — at Underwater Photography Guide’s website.

Location: Montane Creek, Pennsylvania

Camera: Sony A6000, Nauticam housing, Zeiss 12mm lens, dual Sea & Sea YS-01 strobes

pufferfish school underwater photography in new zealand

Irene Middleton

Panic Puffer School

This photo of a school of starry toado pufferfish took first place in the Novice DSLR category of the 2015 Ocean Art Photo Competition. See the full story behind the shot — and full list of winning photos — at Underwater Photography Guide’s website.

Location: Maroro Bay, Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve, Northland, New Zealand

Camera: Nikon D300, Sealux housing, Tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens, Ikelite D125 strobe and DS50 on slave

seahorse eggs underwater photography

Walter Bassi

Dad and her Eggs

This photo of a seahorse retrieving his mate’s eggs won first place in the Mirrorless Behavior category of the 2015 Ocean Art Photo Competition. See the full story behind the shot — and full list of winning photos — at Underwater Photography Guide’s website.

Location: Capo Noli, Liguria Sea, Italy

Camera: Olympus PEN E-PL1, Olympus Ept01 housing, Olympus 60mm macro, dual Sea & Sea YS-110 alpha strobe

skeleton shrimp macro underwater photography

So Yat Wai

Skeleton Shrimp

This skeleton shrimp photo grabbed first place in the Supermacro category of the 2015 Ocean Art Photo Competition. See the full story behind the shot — and full list of winning photos — at Underwater Photography Guide’s website.

Location: Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III, Sea & Sea housing, Canon 100mm macro lens, SMC, dual Inon z240 strobes, Light & Motion Photo 800 focus light

pod pilot whales underwater photography

Greg LeCoeur

Pilot Whales

This photo of a pod of pilot whales took first place in the Portrait category of the 2015 Ocean Art Photo Competition. See the full story behind the shot — and full list of winning photos — at Underwater Photography Guide’s website.

Location: Nice, FRance

Camera: Nikon D7000, Tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens

model underwater painting axinella sponge photography

Francesco Pacienza

The Painter of the Sea

This photo of a model named Francesco “painting” an Axinella sponge won first place in the Pool/Conceptual category of the 2015 Ocean Art Photo Competition. See the full story behind the shot — and full list of winning photos — at Underwater Photography Guide’s website.

Location: Santa Maria al Bagno, Salento, Apulia, Italy

Camera: Nikon D7100, Tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens, Easydive LEO3 housing, dual Sea & Sea D1 strobes, Nikonos SB105 with bank diffuser

nudibranch under sun in spain underwater photography

Roland Bach

Sunny Day

This Felimare picta photo nabbed first place in the Nudibranchs category of the 2015 Ocean Art Photo Competition. See the full story behind the shot — and full list of winning photos — at Underwater Photography Guide’s website.

Location: Punta d’en Siulet, Minorca/ Spain

Camera: Nikon D300, 10.5mm fisheye lens, 1.4x TC, Sealux housing, Nikon SB900 strobe

barrel jellyfish underwater photography

Francesco Visintin

The Satellite

This barrel jellyfish picture took first place in the Wide-Angle category of the 2015 Ocean Art Photo Competition. See the full story behind the shot — and full list of winning photos — at Underwater Photography Guide’s website.

Location: Forte dei Marmi, Tuscany, Italy

Camera: Nikon D7000, Tokina 10-17mm lens, Isotta housing, dual Ikelite SS200 strobes

Settings: f/18, 1/320, ISO 100

fluorescent cerianthus anemone green underwater photography

Alessandro Raho

The Fluorescent Cerianthus

This glowing anemone took first place in the Compact Macro category of the 2015 Ocean Art Photo Competition. See the full story behind the shot — and full list of winning photos — at Underwater Photography Guide’s website.

Location: Noli, Italy

Camera: Canon G16, Isotta housing, dual Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes, yellow filter on

houndfish swallows brassy chub underwater predator photography

Jack Berthomier

Fast strike of a Tylosorus crocodilus on a juvenile kyphosus vaigiensis

This photo of a houndfish swallowing a brassy chub received first place in the Compact Marine Life Behavior category of the 2015 Ocean Art Photo Competition. See the full story behind the shot — and full list of winning photos — at Underwater Photography Guide’s website.

Location: Ouemo Bay, Noumea, New Caledonia

Camera: Sony RX100, Nauticam housing, internal flash only

Settings: f/7.1, 1/1000, ISO 200

mating frogfish pair spawn underwater photography

Steven Kovacs

Egg Release

This photo of a frogfish pair about to spawn took first place in the Marine Life Behavior category of the 2015 Ocean Art Photo Competition. See the full story behind the shot — and full list of winning photos — at Underwater Photography Guide’s website.

Location: Blue Heron Bridge, Lake Worth Lagoon, Riviera Beach, Florida

Camera: Nikon D7000, Nikon 105mm lens, Ikelite housing, dual Ikelite DS160 strobes

Settings: f/18, 1/250

filefish in soft coral underwater camouflage photography

Simon Chiu

Shyness

This filefish photo placed first in the Mirrorless Macro category of the 2015 Ocean Art Photo Competition. See the full story behind the shot — and full list of winning photos — at Underwater Photography Guide’s website.

Location: Mactan, Cebu, Philippines

Camera: Panasonic GF1, Panasonic 45mm lens, dual Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes, FIT(10) and FIT(5) diopters

dolphin backlit underwater photography

Brian Christiansen

Cetaceclipse

This photo of a dolphin from below took first place in the Compact Wide Angle category of the 2015 Ocean Art Photo Competition. See the full story behind the shot — and full list of winning photos — at Underwater Photography Guide’s website.

Locations: Deshaies, Guadeloupe

Camera: Olympus TG-3

blackwater dive cusk eel underwater photography

Jeff Milisen

Feeling Exposed

This larval cusk eel photo was taken on a blackwater dive and took Best of Show and first place in the Macro category of the 2015 Ocean Art Photo Competition. See the full story behind the shot — and full list of winning photos — at Underwater Photography Guide’s website.

Note: This type of eel might never have been photographed or seen by any diver before!

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Camera: Canon T1i, Canon 60mm lens, Ikelite housing, dual Ikelite DS-51 substrobes

strobe anemone norway underwater coldwater photography

Lill Haugen

Anemone Light

This North Sea anemone photo took first place in the Cold Water category of the 2015 Ocean Art Photo Competition. See the full story behind the shot — and full list of winning photos — at Underwater Photography Guide’s website.

Location: Oslo Fjord, Norway

Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 10.5mm fisheye lens, Ikelite DS160 strobe, Triggerfish remote slave sensor connected to an INON Z240 strobe

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