Sunday, July 21, 2024

Marine Life Features In Wildlife Photo Of The Year Finalists


The U.K.’s Natural History Museum has announced the 25 finalist images in its “People’s Choice Award” category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

Of the 25 selected images out of more than 50,000 from 95 countries, marine life features in 2 of them.

The first (above), taken by Yung Sen Wu at Blue Corner, Palau immerses the viewer into the heart of a school of barracuda. After diving with them for days, the fish seemed to accept him finally and allowed him to mingle in their midst, allowing him to capture an image of what it must be like to be a member of the school.

The second poignant marine life image was taken by Jamie Rojo and feature Omacha Foundation biologist Federico Mosquera while he gently cradles and soothes an Amazon River dolphin that is being transported to a temporary veterinary facility.

Dolphin hug | Wildlife Photographer of the Year | Natural History Museum
Dolphin hug (Image credit: Jamie Rojo/Natural History Museum)

The photo was taken during a tagging project and captures a unique moment of bonding and care between a  human and the highly tactile dolphin.

You can find all the images and vote here.

Voting closes at 2:00 p.m. UTC on February 2nd, 2022, and the winner will be announced on February 9th, 2022.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for