What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Creature Feature


‘Green Turtles in the rays’ by Greg Lecoeur. Location: Tenerife

Photography contests seem to dominate the internet around March and April every year, and I look at plenty of them. But among the sea of contenders, I think I’ve found my favorite. These are the winners of the Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest, and the entries are really remarkable. Hosted by Underwater Photography Magazine in connection with the Marine Conservation Society, the contest is in its third year. With 4,500 images from 67 countries, the contest judges had a wealth of photos to consider. The organizers publish the winning entries in a digital yearbook with fascinating details and judges’ notes to accompany each of the nearly 150 winning photos. I really recommend you check it out.

All images property of Underwater Photography Magazine.

‘Dancing Octopus’ by Gabriel Barathieu. (Grand Prize Winner) Location: Mayotte

‘Medusa Blenny on the Lookout’ by Jade Hoksbergen. Location: St. Lucia

‘One in a Million’ by Ron Watkins. Location: Alaska

‘Can I Help You?’ Ellen Cuylaerts. Location: Cayman Islands

‘The wreck of the Louilla at sunset’ by Csaba Tökölyi . Location: Straits of Tiran

‘Competition’ by Richard Shucksmith. Location: Scotland

‘Your home and my home’ by Qing Lin. Location: Canada

‘Toads mating’ by Luc Rooman. Location: Belgium

‘Backlight Shrimp’ by Fábio Freitas. Location: Brazil

‘Out of the Blue’ by Nick Blake. Location: Kukulkan Cenote, Mexico

‘Imp of darkness’ by Damien Mauric. Location: Isla Fernandina, Equador

‘Larval Lionfish’ by Steven Kovacs. Location: Palm Beach, Florida

‘Nudi Art’ by Katherine Lu. Location: Singapore

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

36 thoughts on “Creature Feature

  1. I very thrilled on how you bring out the wonderful nature we are blessed with 👏

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  2. A post that makes me more aware of the complexity and beauty of our world–thank you for bringing these photos to our attention. About that Imp of Darkness…he’s frightening but amazing at the same time!

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  3. Absolutely beautiful, breathtaking photography. Reading this was a lovely way to start the weekend.

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  4. I’ve always loved pictures from under the sea. Thanks for sharing these.

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  5. Wow! These pictures are stunning. I think my favourite would have to be “Your home and my home”. I think I just like Finding Nemo too much.

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  6. OMG Amazing pix, so beautiful!!

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  7. The Wreck of the Louilla at Sunset. I know I should see tragedy; lives lost, irreparable harm to the environment, and more. Oddly, I see the beauty in this.

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  8. Wow! I love underwater photography and these are fantastic!! As a diver and an underwater photographer wanna-be I know how unbelievably hard it is to capture images of the world under the sea. So delightful to see these.

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  9. These are some stunning shots! They capture the oceans true beauty perfectly, I have a hope stunning imagery like this will inspire others to help protect our amazing oceans ❤

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  10. Love your photos!
    On my blog you may travel digitally throughout Norway. (And it’s all free!) More than 6000 pictures – all in ‘full screen’ – from cities, municipalities, from tourist destinations or just plain Norwegian nature at its best.
    Everything is texted in English as well as Norwegian. Please enjoy!

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  11. These really are amazing! It’s a world we rarely get to see. Now to take on underground photography…

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