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Ocean Photography Awards 2021 Finalists Unveiled
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, September 6, 2021 @ 12:00 AM (EST)

Collective Portfolio Award: Matty Smith. Pacific Man o’ War, a colourful marine invader under an apocalyptic red sky

The organizers of the Ocean Photography Awards have announced this year’s finalists. The competition’s six categories are: Collective Portfolio, Youth Photographer of the Year, Exploration Photographer of the Year, Conservation Photographer of the Year, Adventure Photographer of the Year, and the Community Choice Award. As you’d expect, there are plenty of DPGers among the talented finalists, including Matty Smith, Galice Hoarau, Nicholas Samaras, Henley Spiers, and Tanya Houppermans.

The winners are decided by public vote and will be announced from September 10th–16th via a series of videos. The winning images will be displayed at an open-air exhibition in London from September 17th.

Collective Portfolio Award: Galice Hoarau. Snooty the lemon shark, Jupiter, Florida

Collective Portfolio Award: Stefan Christmann. Male emperor penguins huddling during polar night, to stay warm as a group

Collective Portfolio Award: Steven Kovacs. Larval lobster carrying four larval acorn worms which are one of its food sources

Community Choice Award: Phil de Glanville. Surfer Jack Robinson rides the famous break known as “The Right,” home to some of the heaviest waves in the world

Community Choice Award: Fabrice Guerin. A sea lion hunts mackerel off the coast of Baja, California Sur, Mexico

Youth Photographer of the Year: Hannah Le Leu. A green sea turtle hatchling cautiously surfaces for air, to a sky full of hungry birds in Heron Island, Australia

Exploration Photographer of the Year: Martin Broen. Speleothems cast long shadows at cenote Dos Pisos in Quintana Roo, Mexico

Conservation Photographer of the Year: Nicholas Samaras. A seahorse clings to a face mask in Stratoni, Greece

Conservation Photographer of the Year: Kimball Chen. An endangered yellow-eyed penguin under a starry sky in Curio Bay, New Zealand

Conservation Photographer of the Year: Henley Spiers. A dead gannet hangs from a piece of discarded fishing gear, used to build its nest, Isle of Noss, Shetland, UK

Adventure Photographer of the Year: Sebastien Pontoizeau. A freediver duck dives to capture a photograph of a humpback whale

Adventure Photographer of the Year: Tanya Houppermans. An American crocodile glides through the water at sunset at Gardens of the Queen, Cuba, a protected marine reserve since 1996

Adventure Photographer of the Year: Rodrigo Thome. A shiver of hammerhead sharks


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