The ocean is a mystical place. No one knows what's deep down in it. What creatures live there, what lost civilizations are at the bottom of it. Some people are really scared of that unknown and unexplored ocean; however, it can be very beautiful and stunning. Not to mention that it's vital for our survival.

The Ocean Photography Awards are back on Fashion Life to show you the beauty of our oceans. Photographers from all over the world gathered up and submitted stunning photos that could be the winners of the 2021 contest. The Ocean Photography Awards have a mission of showing the importance of preserving marine life and environments. The awards are divided into six different categories, which each will have their own winners in addition to the overall champion.

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#1

Conservation Photographer, Nicholas Samaras

Conservation Photographer, Nicholas Samaras

"A seahorse clings to a face mask (in Stratoni, Greece)"

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Bored bunny
Community Member
1 week ago

I feel bad for the seahorse, hope that people wont throw mask in ocean 😔

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Here's what Oceanographic says on their website: "The Ocean Photography Awards™ is a celebration of our beautiful blue planet, as well as a platform to highlight the many plights it is facing. A total of eight awards, including the inaugural Female Fifty Fathoms Award, will be announced this year, with the overall winner, the Ocean Photographer of the Year, announced on September 16th."

#2

Youth Photographer, Hannah Le Leu

Youth Photographer, Hannah Le Leu

"A green sea turtle hatchling cautiously surfaces for air, to a sky full of hungry birds in Heron Island, Australia."

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Marlowe Fitzpatrik
Community Member
1 week ago (edited)

I don't think most people can understand how immensely beautiful these turtles are. I'd go so far to say one of the most beautiful species in the world.

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#3

Exploration Photographer, Matty Smith

Exploration Photographer, Matty Smith

"A southern bobtail squid puts on a performance. Wollongong Harbour, Australia "

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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
1 week ago

Such an alien looking creature! So beautiful. I had a google of them and they are very, very cute!

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"The Ocean Photography Awards offers photographers the opportunity to win some truly unique and career-changing prizes. As well as cash prizes, equipment from generous ocean brands and social media exposure to millions of ocean photography enthusiasts, entrants also have the chance of securing a year-long residency as a member of the SeaLegacy Collective. The prizes on offer have a total value of more than £500,000, though some, in truth, are priceless." Click here to see the prizes in detail!

#4

Community Choice Award, Michael Haluwana

Community Choice Award, Michael Haluwana

"A pod of dolphins catches a wave. Cape Naturaliste, Western Australia"

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Otter
Community Member
1 week ago

I hope when human surfers see the dolphins catching a wave, they give them right of way?

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#5

Stefan Christmann

Stefan Christmann

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SentimentAndBadJokes
Community Member
1 week ago

Seen several of these dudes photos, I really love what he does with penguins exposure. I love all of his works!

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Oceanographic want to help save the ocean: "Oceanographic is a magazine that is both about and for the ocean. We donate 20% of annual profits to marine conservation charities, making us part of the fight for a healthier blue planet. Because part of our donation total is derived from magazine sales, that means our readers are part of the fight too. Become an Oceanographic reader, become an ocean conservationist!"

#6

Adventure Photographer, Sebastien Pontoizeau

Adventure Photographer, Sebastien Pontoizeau

"A freediver duck dives to capture a photograph of a humpback whale."

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Milkboimiouwu
Community Member
1 week ago

Lmao imagine another guy taking a picture of the guy who took a picture of the guy who took a picture of a whale

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#7

Matty Smith

Matty Smith

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Alexia
Community Member
1 week ago

Bioluminiscent plankton

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"Oceanographic is partnered with some of the most committed and effective marine conservation charities working today, ensuring all donations are used purposefully in the pursuit of a better-protected ocean. Real change can only be fostered by empowering a variety of ocean communities, from divers to surfers, via yachters and kayakers. Oceanographic is delighted to be partnered with esteemed and diverse charities, including Project AWARE® and Blue Sphere Foundation."

#8

Community Choice Award, Phil De Glanville

Community Choice Award, Phil De Glanville

"Surfer Jack Robinson rides the famous break known as ‘The Right’, home to some of the heaviest waves in the world."

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Theresa McCreary
Community Member
1 week ago

Beautiful !!!

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#9

Adventure Photographer, Martin Broen

Adventure Photographer, Martin Broen

"A diver descends into a cenote. Quintana Roo, Mexico"

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Otter
Community Member
1 week ago

See that cloud? It's silt, and it's what makes cave and cenote diving so dangerous. Kick up the silt with a careless flipper and you immediately lose your visibility, and sense of direction. (And that's why I've never done serious cave diving.)

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#10

Adventure Photographer, Grant Thomas

Adventure Photographer, Grant Thomas

"Playful grey seals – a species that has been protected in the UK for decades under the Conservation of Seals Act 1970. Farne Islands, United Kingdom"

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 week ago

Oh that is so cute

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#11

Stefan Christmann

Stefan Christmann

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Lea
Community Member
1 week ago

Aw! Its a huddle of chicks! :D

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#12

Adventure Photographer, Daisuke Kurashima

Adventure Photographer, Daisuke Kurashima

"A humpback whale dives into the blue, emitting a trail of bubbles as it descends. Okinawa, Japan"

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Barannya Kakaty
Community Member
3 days ago

I hope it remains safe. Otherwise we all know the fishy evil business of Japan related to dolphins and whales.

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#13

Stefan Christmann

Stefan Christmann

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Otter
Community Member
1 week ago

Ah, penguin poop on the egg! Penguin poop is probably the only naturally liquid substance on the Antarctic continent!

#14

Adventure Photographer, Tanya Houppermans

Adventure Photographer, Tanya Houppermans

"An American crocodile glides through the water at sunset at Gardens of the Queen, Cuba, a protected marine reserve since 1996."

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Em
Community Member
6 days ago

Wow wow wow. So artistically captured.

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#15

Stefan Christmann

Stefan Christmann

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TheAnimalLady
Community Member
4 days ago (edited)

🐧🐟Parent Penguins Parent Part-time, Partaking Portions of Fish Fillets during Feeding Forays. (They Take Turns.)🐠🐧

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#16

Adventure Photographer, Steve Woods

Adventure Photographer, Steve Woods

"Sea lions swarm a diver. Vancouver Island, Canada"

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 week ago

It's an underwater puppy cuddle puddle!

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#17

Alex Kydd

Alex Kydd

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Nixxy
Community Member
1 week ago

Would not like to be inside the middle of that swarm, imagine the stings ouch

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#18

Matty Smith

Matty Smith

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Otter
Community Member
1 week ago

Gorgeous... but what is it? A jellyfish?

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#19

Adventure Photographer, Ben Thouard

Adventure Photographer, Ben Thouard

"A wave known as Teahupo’o, as seen from below. Tahiti, French Polynesia"

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Em
Community Member
6 days ago

Is this photo taken from under the wave? Wow, haven't seen anything like it before.

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#20

Collective Portfolio Award, Stefan Christmann

Collective Portfolio Award, Stefan Christmann

"Male emperor penguins huddling during polar night, to stay warm as a group."

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Warren Falcon
Community Member
1 week ago

The live version of "Happy Feet", Mr. Robin Williams spirit is there with them.

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#21

Adventure Photographer, Rodrigo Thome

Adventure Photographer, Rodrigo Thome

"A shiver of hammerhead sharks."

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Otter
Community Member
1 week ago

I've heard about these gatherings. Apparently they don't attack humans while gathering, which is the only reason that anyone's willing to get in the ocean with them, and let hundreds of dangerous huge sharks swim between then and the surface.

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#22

Matty Smith

Matty Smith

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Uber Mensch
Community Member
1 week ago

*waves back*

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#23

Adventure Photographer, James Ferrara

Adventure Photographer, James Ferrara

"A sperm whale and sargassum seaweed. Roseau, Dominica"

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Nixxy
Community Member
1 week ago

Wow

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#24

Exploration Photographer, Steve Woods

Exploration Photographer, Steve Woods

"Coastal wolves play on a remote beach. British Columbia, Canada"

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Georgia Hebert
Community Member
1 week ago

Looks like they're telling each other how their day went.

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#25

Young Ocean Photographer, Jack Mckee

Young Ocean Photographer, Jack Mckee

"A juvenile flying fish, photographed from below. Lady Elliot Island, Australia"

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Nixxy
Community Member
1 week ago

Wheeeeeeee!

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#26

Exploration Photographer, Steven Kovacs

Exploration Photographer, Steven Kovacs

"A rare deep water cusk eel larva. Florida, USA"

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Nixxy
Community Member
1 week ago

Like a ribbon dancer

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#27

Community Choice Award, Fabrice Guerin

Community Choice Award, Fabrice Guerin

"A sea lion hunts mackerel off the coast of Baja (California Sur, Mexico)."

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 week ago

I thought it was waving us!!

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#28

Galice Hoarau

Galice Hoarau

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Justy
Community Member
1 week ago

reminds me of the song "So long and thanks for all the fish" from Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy.

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#29

Ocean Conservation Photographer, Henley Spiers

Ocean Conservation Photographer, Henley Spiers

"An olive ridley turtle ensnared by fishing gear, far offshore in the Pacific Ocean.
Baja California Sur, Mexico."

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Eriu
Community Member
1 week ago

I hope they helped him after the photo :(

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#30

Adventure Photographer, Scott Portelli

Adventure Photographer, Scott Portelli

"A humpback whale calf crashes back into the ocean after a breach. Neiafu, Tonga "

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Theresa McCreary
Community Member
1 week ago

VERY cool !!!!

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