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2022 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Winners Announced

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The Underwater Photography Guide has announced the winners of the 2022 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition.

“It is clear from this year’s winning images that our community of underwater photographers has dived into a new and exciting post-pandemic era. An unprecedented caliber of photos was ushered in by the lifting of travel restrictions – including our best in show image featuring another teachable moment from an octopus. This photo, captured in Palm Beach, Florida by Kat Zhou, depicts the bittersweet final days between a mother octopus and her young before dying of old age.”

Over US$100,000/~€91,990 in prizes have been awarded.

This year’s competition debuted a new Mobile Phone category, with images captured by a tool that almost every ocean lover has in their pocket.

Fourteen different categories ensure a competitive contest for all levels and disciplines of underwater photography.

The judges evaluated thousands of entries from 96 countries before selecting the final set of images as Ocean Art winners.

Ocean Art 2022 judges included underwater photographers Tony Wu, Mark Strickland and Marty Snyderman.

Winning photos can be seen at the Underwater Photography Guide website.

(Featured Image credit: Kat Zhou)

John Liang

John Liang

John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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