These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

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Undoubtedly, the underwater world attracts the attention of everyone, of course photographers. Therefore, it is not uncommon that there are many fans and several photo contests in this area. For example, the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, where we will show you the winning photos that would be among the best underwater photography images of 2018.

This is a contest we did not know and is hosted by The Underwater Photography Guide, the first free underwater photography guide dedicated to its creator, Californian photographer Scott Gietler. He created this portal with the idea to share his love of this discipline and make it accessible to all types of audience.

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition
Photo by Fabrice Dudenhofer Honorable Mention in the ‘Mirrorless Wide Angle‘ Category of the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest 2018.

And among other initiatives, for seven years it has also organized this contest to choose the best underwater photographs and subsidize them with 80 thousand dollars in prizes (in this edition), that offered in kind (mainly in the form of trips and stays in exotic places where scuba diving is practiced) thanks to different sponsors.

The contest is organized around 16 categories that include several that are repeated because it discriminates between photographers who use SLR cameras, without mirrors or compact cameras. There is also a category for novices and, as a novelty in this edition, one of “Underwater Art”. Among the winners of all of them is an absolute winner who takes the title Best of the Show and would happen to be the ” best underwater photographer of 2018 “.

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition
Photo by Richard Barnden. Fourth place in the category ‘Marine Life Behavior’ of the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest 2018.

On this occasion, this award went to Duncan Murrell for his photo ‘ Courting Devil Ray Ballet ‘ (winner in ‘Marine Life Behavior’) where the “dance” courtship of three striped blankets captured with ” a soft ambient light that accentuates the elegant movements of these giants . ” This photo shows, according to the organization, the high level of this edition that was the most competitive to date with participants from 70 countries .

As always, we leave you with the winning images but we recommend a visit to the web to see more photographs of the always fascinating underwater world.

Winners of the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest 2018

Absolute winner ‘Best of Show’: Duncan Murrell with the photo ‘Courting Devil Ray Ballet’:

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Category ‘Wide-Angle’

Winner: François Baelen

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Runner-up: Grant Thomas

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Third place: Celia Kujala

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Category ‘Macro’

Winner: Jeff Milisen

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Runner-up: Chun Zhou

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Third place: Fabio Iardino

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Category ‘Marine Life Behavior’

Winner: Duncan Murrell

 These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Runner-up: Anders Nyberg

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Third place: François Baelen

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Category ‘Portrait’

Winner: Claudio Zori

 These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Runner-up: Christina Barringer

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Third place: Doris Vierkötter

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo CompetitionCategory ‘Coldwater’

Winner: Greg Lecoeur

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Runner-up: Tyler Schiffman

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Third place: Claudio Zori

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Category ‘Nudibranchs’

Winner: Flavio Vailati

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Runner-up: Fredrik Ehrenström

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Third place: Bettina Balnis

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Category ‘Supermacro’

Winner: Edison So

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Runner-up: Wayne Jones

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Third place: Ludovic Galko-Rundgren

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Category ‘Reefscapes’

Winner: Yen-Yi Lee

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Runner-up: Tobias Friedrich

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Third place: Alex Lindbloom

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Category ‘Novice DSLR’

Winner: Alvin Cheung

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Runner-up: Antonio Pastrana

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Third place: Marie Charlotte

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Category ‘Mirrorless Wide-Angle’

Winner: Eugene Kitsios

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Runner-up: Pier Mane

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Third place: Pier Mane

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Category ‘Mirrorless Macro’

Winner: Steven Walsh

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Runner-up: Owen Yen

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Third place: Younghun Kan

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Category ‘Mirrorless Behavior’

Winner: Fabrice Dudenhofer

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Runner-up: Debbie Wallace

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Third place: Yeh Hung Wei

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Category ‘Compact Wide-Angle’

Winner: Melody Chuang

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Runner-up: Andrea Falcomatà

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Third place: Alessandro Raho

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Category ‘Compact Macro’

Winner: Sejung Jang

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Runner-up: Kate Tinson

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Third place: Matteo Pighi

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Category ‘Compact Marine Life Behavior’

Winner: PT Hirschfield

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Subcampeón: Miguel Ramírez

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Third place: Jin Woo Lee

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Category ‘Underwater Art’

Winner: Bruno Van Saen

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Runner-up: Jordan Robins

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Third place: Guillaume Néry

These are the best underwater photos of 2018 according to the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

More information and photos | 2018 Ocean Art Contest

Cover photo | ‘Nemo’ by Matteo Visconti, honorable mention in ‘Portrait’ Category of the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest

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