Winners of 2020 Ocean Art “Safe Under the Sea” contest reveal the magnificent underwater world

There’s so much beauty hiding in the underwater realm. But thanks to underwater photography, we get to take a peek at this fantastic world. Ocean Art “Safe Under the Sea” contest has just announced the 2020 winners, and they show us beautiful, mysterious, and even some sad stories from beneath the water surface.

The Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition is organized by the Underwater Photography Guide. Their “Safe Under the Sea” contest has been a way to bring people from around the world together for a number of reasons. First, they want photographers to dust off their old hard drives and submit the images to share the beauty of our oceans. But also, the aim of the contest is to help aid the WHO and CDC Foundation in their fight to improve the health of the planet and its people. The Underwater Photography Guide donated 25% of the proceeds from the competition to these two organizations, aimed at finding a cure for COVID-19.

Unlike the Ocean Art contest, the “Safe Under the Sea” is a smaller, mid-year competition. However, the selection of winning images has been no less powerful and impactful. After all, you can see for yourself and compare the photos with the 2018 and 2019 Ocean Art contest winners.

The contest has received thousands of entries from 79 countries, and judges had a difficult task of selecting the best of the best. The Best of Show winning image conveys a special message of hope for the future of our planet’s unique biodiversity. The photo titled “Releasing Hope” was captured by photographer Edwar Herreno. It shows marine biologist, Eduardo Espinosa, releasing a tagged hammerhead pup in order to study a unique shark nursery.

© Edwar Herreno/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, The Best of Show, Conservation 1st place

Other winning photos include dramatic, raw, funny, and sad underwater moments. There are some magnificent creatures, rare marine life behavior, stunning animal portraits, strange critters, even shipwrecks. The selected winners truly reflect just how diverse the underwater world is, and just how many different moments you can capture in that strange, beautiful world. Check out the rest of the winning images below, and you can find more details on Underwater Photography Guide’s website.

Yung Sen Wu/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Behavior 1st place

© Naomi Rose/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Behavior 2nd place

Eric Hou/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Behavior 3rd place

© Eric Hou/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Blackwater 1st place

© Eric Hou/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Blackwater 2nd place

© Jeff Molder/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Blackwater 3rd place

© Joanna Smart/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Cold Water 1st place

© Tobias Friedrich/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Cold Water 2nd place

© Mark Kirkland/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Cold Water 3rd place

© Stan Chen/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Compact Behavior 1st place

© Elena Markushina/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Compact Behavior 2nd place

© Yi Ping Chang/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Compact Behavior 3rd place

© Uwe Schmolke/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Compact Macro 1st place

© Stan Chen/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Compact Macro 2nd place

© Kyungshin Kim/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Compact Macro 3rd place

© Yannick Bruynoghe/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Compact Wide 1st place

© Stephanie Doniger/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Compact Wide 2nd place

© Yung Sen Wu/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Compact Wide 3rd place

© Gaetano Gargiulo/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Conservation 2nd place

© Eric Hou/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Conservation 3rd place

© Lars Michaelis/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Macro 1st place

© Yatwai So/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Macro 2nd place

© Taeyup Kim/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Macro 3rd place

© Jacopo Brunetti/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Portrait 1st place

© Lewis Bumett/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Portrait 2nd place

© Claudio Ceresi/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Portrait 3rd place

 

© Taner Atilgan/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Shipwreck 1st place

© Barraque Nicolas/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Shipwreck 2nd place

© Chris Gug/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Shipwreck 3rd place

© Rodger Klein/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Underwater Art 1st place

© Petr Polach/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Underwater Art 2nd place

© Francisco Sedano Vera/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Underwater Art 3rd place

© Paul Cox/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Wide Angle 1st place

© Petr Pola/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Wide Angle 2nd place

© Edwar Herreno/Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea, Wide Angle 3rd place