Cast your eye on these stunning images which have scooped top prizes at the prestigious Ocean Photography Awards 2020

Cast your eye on these stunning images which have scooped top prizes at the prestigious Ocean Photography Awards 2020. 

Two widowed penguins comforting each other and a diver hovering above a microbial cloud are among the winners of this year’s awards.

But it was Nadia Aly who wowed judges and took home the top prize for her wondrous shot of an aggregation of mobula rays off the coast of Mexico

The Ocean Photography Awards consists of just six categories and the overall winner the Ocean Photographer of the Year.

Nadia Aly wowed judges and took home the top prize for her wondrous shot of an aggregation of mobula rays off the coast of Mexico

Nadia Aly wowed judges and took home the top prize for her wondrous shot of an aggregation of mobula rays off the coast of Mexico

Nadia Aly wowed judges and took home the top prize for her wondrous shot of an aggregation of mobula rays off the coast of Mexico

The Oceanographic Magazine inaugural competition received more than 3,000 submissions from across the world this year.

The entries were whittled down to the final 100 frames with winners of the six categories announced and the overall winner crowned at a virtual ceremony on Thursday. 

The competition is a celebration of the planet and the photographers who capture ocean spaces and share them with those who might otherwise never have an opportunity to see such places. 

The Ocean Photography Awards also helps to raise money for its protection whilst showcasing the work of some of the finest photographers in the world.

Matt Sharp - Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year: A hermit crab crawls atop a pile of plastic in a shell made from manmade waste

Matt Sharp - Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year: A hermit crab crawls atop a pile of plastic in a shell made from manmade waste

Matt Sharp – Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year: A hermit crab crawls atop a pile of plastic in a shell made from manmade waste

Jason Gulley - Ocean Adventure Photographer of the Year: A freediving instructor waits for their student to return from a dive below Cenote Angelita's microbial cloud. The cloud is so thick it looks like a floor

Jason Gulley - Ocean Adventure Photographer of the Year: A freediving instructor waits for their student to return from a dive below Cenote Angelita's microbial cloud. The cloud is so thick it looks like a floor

Jason Gulley – Ocean Adventure Photographer of the Year: A Freediving Mask instructor waits for Freediving Fins their student to return from a dive below Cenote Angelita’s microbial cloud.

The cloud is so thick it looks like a floor

Ben Cranke - Ocean Exploration Photographer of the Year: Penguins march through heavy snowfall and strong winds in St Andrew's Bay, South Georgia, Antarctica

Ben Cranke - Ocean Exploration Photographer of the Year: Penguins march through heavy snowfall and strong winds in St Andrew's Bay, South Georgia, Antarctica

Ben Cranke – Ocean Exploration Photographer of the Year: Penguins march through heavy snowfall and strong winds in St Andrew’s Bay, South Georgia, Antarctica

Cruz Erdmann - Young Ocean Photographer of the Year: The silky tentacles of a brightly coloured Magnificent Anemone sway in surging water - an endemic species only found in the atolls of the Maldives

Cruz Erdmann - Young Ocean Photographer of the Year: The silky tentacles of a brightly coloured Magnificent Anemone sway in surging water - an endemic species only found in the atolls of the Maldives

Cruz Erdmann – Young Ocean Photographer of the Year: The silky tentacles of a brightly coloured Magnificent Anemone sway in surging water – an endemic species only found in the atolls of the Maldives 

Tobias Baumgaertner - The Community Choice Award: Two widowed penguins seemingly comfort one another as they gaze upon Melbourne's lights

Tobias Baumgaertner - The Community Choice Award: Two widowed penguins seemingly comfort one another as they gaze upon Melbourne's lights

Tobias Baumgaertner – The Community Choice Award: Two widowed penguins seemingly comfort one another as they gaze upon Melbourne’s lights

Nadia Aly - The Collective Portfolio Award: The photographer with a focus on underwater marine life wants to educate people about the diverse populations of sea creatures

Nadia Aly - The Collective Portfolio Award: The photographer with a focus on underwater marine life wants to educate people about the diverse populations of sea creatures

Nadia Aly – The Collective Portfolio Award: The photographer with a focus on underwater marine life wants to educate people about the diverse populations of sea creatures

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