After looking at thousands of entries submitted from more than 60 countries, the judges for the sixth annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition have announced the winners.

The “Best of Show” is a photo of a Portuguese Man Of War, which contrasts raw dramatic lighting with the delicate nature of the creature, shot by Matty Smith in New South Wales, Australia. Smith won an 11-day liveaboard cruise to Cocos Island off Costa Rica aboard the Sea Hunter.

Matty Smith won the "Best of Show" prize at the 2016 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition.
Matty Smith won the “Best of Show” prize at the 2016 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition with this picture, titled “Blue Lasso.”

Ocean Art 2016 judges included prestigious underwater photographers Tony Wu, Martin Edge, and Marty Snyderman, along with Underwater Photography Guide publisher Scott Gietler. More than US$75,000/71,060 Euros in prizes were awarded to 95 underwater photographers, making the competition’s prize value among the highest in the world.

Sixteen different categories ensured a competitive contest for all levels and disciplines of underwater photography, including compact, mirrorless and DSLR cameras.

Gietler said:

“The winning images in this year’s 6th annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition continue to set the standard for the most excellent underwater images in the world. These outstanding images show that innovation, dedication and perseverance are alive and well in the underwater photo community.”

Check out the rest of the winning photos on the Underwater Photography Guide website at uwphotographyguide.com.

John Liang

John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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