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Amazing Pics From Ocean Photography Awards 2021

Picture Credit score: Martin Broen/ Ocean Pictures Awards

Winners of the Ocean Pictures Awards 2021 have been introduced, with Aimee Jan bagging the highest honour for her picture of a inexperienced turtle surrounded by glass fish. “I used to be out snorkelling when one among my colleagues informed me there was a turtle below a ledge in a college of glass fish, about 10 metres down,” Ms Jan mentioned of her picture, taken in Australia. “Once I dived all the way down to look, the fish separated across the turtle completely. I mentioned to her: ‘I feel I simply took the most effective picture I’ve ever taken’.” Aimee Jan was named Ocean Photographer of the Yr. 

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Apart from Ocean Photographer of the Yr, there have been seven different awards within the competitors. Henley Spiers took dwelling the second prize for her image of seabirds, whereas the third place went to Matty Smith for his gorgeous shot of a turtle hatchling. The winners are on show as a part of an exhibition in London, UK. 

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“Diving in amidst the barrage of gannets, I witness the violent synchronicity of those spectacular seabirds as they embark on fishing dives,” mentioned photographer Henley Spiers. “They hit the water at 60mph, an impression they will solely face up to because of specifically developed air sacs within the head and chest. The chook’s agility transfers from air to sea the place it additionally swims with unimaginable pace.”

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A hawksbill turtle hatchling simply 3.5cm lengthy and some minutes previous takes its first swim in Matty Smith’s {photograph}. “It had emerged from an egg simply minutes earlier with roughly 100 of its siblings. They rapidly made their manner into the ocean to disperse as quickly as they might and keep away from predation from birds and fish. I needed to work rapidly for this shot,” the photographer revealed. 

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Ben Thouard gained the Ocean Journey Photographer of the Yr prize for his shot of a surfer catching a wave referred to as Teahupo’o in Tahiti.

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Within the Neighborhood Alternative Award class, folks voted for Phil de Glanville and his image of Surfer Jack Robinson driving “the well-known break referred to as ‘The Proper’, dwelling to a number of the heaviest waves on this planet.”

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The title of Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Yr went to Kerim Sabuncuoglu for an image of a lifeless moray eel on an deserted fishing line in Turkey.

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Galice Hoarau gained second place within the Conservation class for a photograph of a gull caught on a ghost fishing line.

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Martin Broen’s hypnotic shot of Speleothems casting lengthy shadows at cenote Dos Pisos gained him Exploration Photographer of the Yr. 

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Steven Kovacs photographed a uncommon deep water cusk eel larva to take dwelling the second prize. 

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The Feminine Fifty Fathoms Award was gained by Renee Capozzola. A lone blacktip reef shark strains up its dorsal fin with the setting solar in Moorea, French Polynesia. “This over-under picture was achieved through the use of a wide-angle lens, a big dome port and strobe flash to light up the underwater portion of the image,” she mentioned.

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In the meantime, Hannah Le Leu was named Younger Ocean Photographer of the Yr. “A inexperienced sea turtle hatchling cautiously surfaces for air, to a sky stuffed with hungry birds,” is how she described her picture. 

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