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The Best of Underwater Photography

Words:

Edd Norval
January 30, 2019

We understand life through our experiences. Our perspective of the world is shaped through these experiences too. What we perceive as reality is filtered through these understandings and perspectives and although it might not feel like it, it's fairly limited. We are animals that only function on the ground and it's with this perspective that we construct our reality.

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That being said, there are certainly ways to see things from a new perspective. One way came from an article we released last week that looked at the best drone photography of last year. In this feature, we were able to see the world as a bird does as we soared through the sky. Well, that was the first part and here's the second in the series. Last week we had wings, now we have fins.


Seeing from the sky is one way to understand scale, to see the bigger picture and to understand our environment in a more complete way. For all the wonders of the world, there's likewise destruction and ruin. We hear about that a lot and the beauty can fall by the wayside.


Our oceans are the same. We must know about changes in global temperatures, icecaps melting and the effects of pollution and litter. But a simple message or warning sometimes isn't enough. To really see what we stand to gain by helping, we must know what we stand to lose.

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Around 71% of the earth's surface is covered in water and around 96.5&% of that water is in the oceans. Whilst the birds-eye view helped us see that, we were still limited to only around one-third of the planet. For the majority, we must take to the seas and look at life beneath them. The peculiarities and intricate balance of life that exists between the sea is caught in all of its dramatic beauty by the winners in this year's 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest.


Of course exposing the beauty of life under water is a part of the competition, but the offshoot is that it can "bring public awareness to the beauty of marine life and the necessity of its conservation. Ocean Art is about discovering and putting a spotlight on new/innovative photographic techniques, amazing animal behaviours, and the beauty of the world's oceans." said Underwater Photography Guide's Managing Editor Nirupam Nigam.


It was the most competitive edition so far and with entries from over 70 countries, the diversity and talent on display was breathtaking. Here are a handful of photographs that compliment the drone series as it's natural companion.

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