The 53rd annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards have produced some truly stunning images from our oceans.

The awards ceremony was held at the Natural History Museum in London on October 17th. While the wining photo is the tragic image of a Bull Rhino that was shot for its horn, there are some great underwater images that have won other categories.

One of the most dramatic images which won the “Earth’s Environments” category is titled “The Ice Monster” by Laurent Ballesta (see above). The image is of a huge iceberg taken from under water, as it dwarfs three scuba divers hovering around it.

Other ocean-related winners include an image of an octopus in a sea of spider crabs, taken at the moment it grabs one of the unfortunate crabs. A photo of a large group of Sperm Whales near the surface won the “Behaviour Mammals” category.

You can check out the awards at the Natural History Museum site here, or watch the awards ceremony below.

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SOURCEThe Guardian
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!


  1. Are we supposed to watch the whole 3hr boring video from the awards to find the “Stunning Underwater Images” somewhere in there, or what?

    Would have been nice if the relevant pics were singled out for us in this “underwater forum”.


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