8 Of The Top Underwater Marine Wildlife Photos From 2015

Recently the winners of the 2015 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, put on by Underwater Photography Guide, were announced and each photo is just stunning. Many of them are photos of very rare marine wildlife that are not seen often and we wanted to show you a few of them today! 

In it's 5th year, this contest attracted entrants from over 50 countries! We hope you enjoy these unique underwater photos of some amazing creatures!  

This first photo is of a larval stage eel that was taken at night in 4,000 feet of water off the coast of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. 

 Best of Show and 1st Place; Macro Category, "Feeling Exposed"

Best of Show and 1st Place; Macro Category, "Feeling Exposed"

In this photo, the photographer captured a jellyfish and Snell's Window, which is a phenomenon where an underwater viewer sees everything above the surface through a cone of light. Pretty amazing!  

 1st Place, Wide-Angle Category, "The Satellite"

1st Place, Wide-Angle Category, "The Satellite"

This North Sea Anemone was photographed with a strobe as the backlight to create this awesome shot! 

 1st Place, Cold Water Category, "Anemone Light"

1st Place, Cold Water Category, "Anemone Light"

This pod of pilot whales was taken off the coast of Nice, France. 

 1st Place, Portrait Category, "Pilot Whales"

1st Place, Portrait Category, "Pilot Whales"

The photo below captures a moment that has only been seen by a few people. A female Striated frogfish is shown rising toward the surface of water at Lake Worth Lagoon near Riviera Beach, Florida. 

 1st Place, Marine Life Behavior Category, "Egg Release"

1st Place, Marine Life Behavior Category, "Egg Release"

This photo is of a pregnant blacktip shark that was taken during a shark-monitoring project with the French Polynesia Shark Observatory. 

 5th Place, Novice DSLR, "Ma 'O Mauri"

5th Place, Novice DSLR, "Ma 'O Mauri"

This is a photo of a filefish camouflaged in coral at Mactan in Cebu, Phillippines. 

 1st Place, Mirrorless Macro Category, "Shyness"

1st Place, Mirrorless Macro Category, "Shyness"

This jawfish with a mouthful of eggs that was taken during a dive at Tulamben in Bali, Indonesia. 

 Honorable Mention in Mirrorless Behavior Category, "More Than A Mouthful"

Honorable Mention in Mirrorless Behavior Category, "More Than A Mouthful"

These photos were found on this article by Discovery. If you loved these unique underwater marine life winner photos, here are a few more photos that you should check out:


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