Incredible ​Winners​ ​of​ Scuba​ ​Diving​ ​Magazine’s​ Underwater ​Photo​ Contest 2020

For the 16th year,Scuba Diving magazine recently unveiled the winners of its annual “Through Your Lens” photo contest.The beauty, mystery, and majesty of the deep blue sea have been captured in breath-taking fashion by the winners of an underwater photography competition.

Out of 2,636 entries, there’s the grand prize winner and four 1st place winners in each of four main categories: Behavior, Compact Camera, Macro, and Wide Angle.

The grand prize for the image, taken by Evans Baudin in Baja California, Mexico, is an astonishing photo of a whale shark with 50 fish calmly riding in her mouth.And the magazine describes as a “mind-blowing image.”

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Scroll down to check out all four category winners for yourself:

Behavior Category Winner

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Photo © Jules Casey | Scuba Diving Magazine
Description: Captured during a daytime dive at Blairgowrie Pier in Port Phillip Bay, Australia, this shorthead seahorse was feeding near the surface and freely swimming from one floating piece of weed to the next. I’m not sure if the seahorse mistakenly grabbed hold of the pipefish with its tail, confusing it for a piece of weed, or if this was deliberate. The pipefish immediately struggled to break free from the seahorse’s grip. This interaction lasted only about 10 seconds, which was just enough time to set up the shot.

Macro Category Winner
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Photo © Jeffrey Haines | Scuba Diving Magazine
Description: You never know what you are going to find when you go on a black-water dive. One night it may be tiny larval fish, another a mako or silky shark, but mostly you are searching through the plankton for tiny creatures as you float along with the current over deep water. Persistence and concentration are the keys to success in finding your subject as you drift along. About 45 minutes into my 90-minute dive, I started to spot small clumps of sargassum floating by, always an exciting sight on a black-water dive. I found this seahorse in the third clump I investigated.

Wide Angle Category Winner
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Photo © Martin Strmiska | Scuba Diving Magazine
Description: On the surface at the cenote’s entrance, I had no idea what sort of space lay beneath the small pool. Only when I descended and positioned myself outside the area lit up by sun was the dark space revealed. When my eyes adjusted to the darkness, I perceived the huge dimensions of the space. My buddy, hanging above that cloud and lit by sun rays, appeared so small that I spent the whole dive shooting from distance, trying to capture the tiny diver in that huge space.

Compact Camera Category Winner
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Photo © Tobias Friedrich | Scuba Diving Magazine
Description: As a SeaLife camera brand ambassador I always have a DC2000 with me, in addition to my DSLR setup, to take a few side shots. I find it very interesting to see what I can shoot with a very small camera like the SeaLife and how close I can get to the quality of the images I shoot with my DSLR. This juvenile wonderpus was sitting on a palm leaf, a very nice subject to be tested. The dive was done near Anilao, Philippines, with Crystal Blue Resort and the support of photographer Mike Bartick.

Back in summer, we all awed at the beautiful shots from Underwater Photography Of The Year winners, with stunning sea creatures interacting with the lens, as well as the serenity of water creating a calming atmosphere.

The beauty, mystery, and majesty of the deep blue sea have been captured in breath-taking fashion by the winners of an underwater photography competition.

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Scuba Diving Magazine’s Through Your Lens underwater photo contest announced the winners of its 2020 competition, recognizing outstanding achievements in wildlife photography beneath the waves.

Out of 2,636 entries — the most in the contest’s 16-year history — here are 12 award-winning images.
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Scuba Diving magazine recently unveiled the winners of its annual “Through Your Lens” photo contest, honoring five gorgeous underwater images including a jaw-dropping photo of a whale shark with 50 fish hitching a ride inside its mouth.

This year’s winners were chosen from over 2,600 photos—the most ever sent in over the contest’s 16-year history—and a total of 5 images were recognized as better-than-the-rest. There’s the grand prize winner and four 1st place winners in each of four main categories: Behavior, Compact Camera, Macro, and Wide Angle.

The grand prize this year went to photographer Evans Baudin for what the magazine describes (accurately) as a “mind-blowing image.” The photo shows a head-on view of a 39-foot-long female whale shark whose mouth is filled with fifty remoras tagging along for the ride.

You can see the photo, gear, settings, and the photographer’s description below:

or the 16th year, Scuba Diving magazine has organized the Through Your Lens Underwater Photo Contest. Readers were asked to submit their best photographs; and this year, the contest had more entries than ever. With over 2,600 images entered, the judges had their hands full when selecting the winners.

This year’s winning image, taken by Evans Baudin in Baja California, Mexico, is an astonishing photo of a whale shark with 50 fish calmly riding in her mouth. The 39-foot female shark seemingly had no problem with her passengers and was happy to give them a ride where they needed to go. Baudin, a French marine wildlife expert, was in Mexico for a specially permitted dive to study the impact of COVID-19 on marine life.

As the grand prize winner, his work sits alongside the four category winners for Behavior, Macro, Wide Angle, and Compact Camera. Equally impressive is the work named to the honorable mention list, which goes to show just how strong the competition was. All of the winners received trips aboard different vessels to continue their diving adventures, while the second and third place category winners received camera equipment from Cressi and SeaLife.

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