Enter the Abyss: Best Marine Life Images That Stun With Underwater Grandeur

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The world famous Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, hosted by the Underwater Photography Guide, has revealed its 2018 winners.

For the seventh annual competition, organisers have selected photos that display the beauty of the ocean depths from all over the globe taken in 2018 by numerous visual artists.

This year's contest is considered to be the most competitive in the history of the competition, as it managed to attract spades of renowned and outstanding photographers. 

© Photo : Duncan Murrell/7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo ContestCourting spinetail devil rays (Mobula japanica), Honda Bay, Palawan, the Philippines, Sulu Sea.
Japan's Devil Rays Captured for the Shot Devil Ray Ballet Win 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest - Sputnik International
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Courting spinetail devil rays (Mobula japanica), Honda Bay, Palawan, the Philippines, Sulu Sea.
© Photo : Kyler Badten/7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest"Curiosity". Green Sea Turtle. Honorable Mention - Kyler Badten.
Green Sea Turtle at the Shot Curiosity Wins Honorary Award in Portrait Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest - Sputnik International
2/18
"Curiosity". Green Sea Turtle. Honorable Mention - Kyler Badten.
© Photo : Matteo Visconti/7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest"Nemo". ocellaris clownfish in ritteri sea anemone. Honorable Mention - Matteo Visconti.
Clownfish Captured for the Shot Nemo That Won Honorary Award at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest - Sputnik International
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"Nemo". ocellaris clownfish in ritteri sea anemone. Honorable Mention - Matteo Visconti.
© Photo : Wu Yung Sen/2018 Ocean Art Contest Winners"Pacific Red Sockeye". Sockeye Salmon (Onchorynchus nerka). Honorable Mention - Wu Yung Sen.
Sockeye Salmon Captured for the Shot  Pacific Red Sockeye That Won Honorary Award in Wide-Angle Category  at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest - Sputnik International
4/18
"Pacific Red Sockeye". Sockeye Salmon (Onchorynchus nerka). Honorable Mention - Wu Yung Sen.
© Photo : Alvin Cheung/7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest"Special Encounter". Oceanic Manta Ray. 1st Place- Alvin Cheung.
Massive Sea Devil Captured for the Shot  Special Encounter That Won First Prize at Novice DSLR Category  at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest - Sputnik International
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"Special Encounter". Oceanic Manta Ray. 1st Place- Alvin Cheung.
© Photo : Alessandro Raho/7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest "Budego". Budego (Lophius budegassa). 3rd Place - Alessandro Raho.
European Budego Captured for the Shot Budego That Won Third Prize in Compact Wide-Angle Category during 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest - Sputnik International
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"Budego". Budego (Lophius budegassa). 3rd Place - Alessandro Raho.
© Photo : Flavio Vailati/7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest"New Life" - Octopus (Octopus vulgaris) with Eggs. 5th Place - Flavio Vailati.
Shot in Capo Noli (SV), Italy with Nikon D500 Camera.

Octopus Captured for the Shot New Life That Won 5th Prize in Marine Life Behavior Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest - Sputnik International
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"New Life" - Octopus (Octopus vulgaris) with Eggs. 5th Place - Flavio Vailati.
Shot in Capo Noli (SV), Italy with Nikon D500 Camera.

© Photo : Jinggong Zhang/7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest"Roar" - Chaenopsid Blenny.
Honorable Mention - Jinggong Zhang.
Shot in Miwura, Kanagawaken, Japan with Nikon D850.
Chaenopsid Blenny Fish Captured for the Shot Roar That Won Honorary Award at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest - Sputnik International
8/18
"Roar" - Chaenopsid Blenny.
Honorable Mention - Jinggong Zhang.
Shot in Miwura, Kanagawaken, Japan with Nikon D850.
© Photo : Tobias Friedrich/7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo ContestSplit shot of a hard coral garden with sunset behind it, Gordon Reef, Strait of Tiran, Northern Red Sea, Egypt, Northern Africa.
Gordon Reef Pictured for Sunsplit Shot That Won Second prize in Reefscapes Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest - Sputnik International
9/18
Split shot of a hard coral garden with sunset behind it, Gordon Reef, Strait of Tiran, Northern Red Sea, Egypt, Northern Africa.
© Photo : Jeff Milisen/7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest "Ancistrocheirus". Sharp-eared enope squid (Ancistricheirus lesseurii)
1st Place - Jeff Milisen.
Shot in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii with Canon T1i.
Sharp-eared Enope Squid Pictured for Ancistrocheirus Shot Won First Prize in Macro Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest - Sputnik International
10/18
"Ancistrocheirus". Sharp-eared enope squid (Ancistricheirus lesseurii)
1st Place - Jeff Milisen.
Shot in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii with Canon T1i.
© Photo : Alex St. Jean/7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest"Light Beam" - Freediver in Cenote.
Honorable Mention - Alexandre St. Jean.
Shot in Mérida, Mexico with Canon 5D Mark IV Camera.
Light Beam Shot That Shows Freediver Ascending From the Bottom Won an Honorary Award in Underwater Art Category - Sputnik International
11/18
"Light Beam" - Freediver in Cenote.
Honorable Mention - Alexandre St. Jean.
Shot in Mérida, Mexico with Canon 5D Mark IV Camera.
© Photo : Greg Lecoeur/7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest"Grey Seal Face" - Grey Seal.
1st Place - Greg Lecoeur.
Grey Seal Face Won First prize in Cold Water Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest - Sputnik International
12/18
"Grey Seal Face" - Grey Seal.
1st Place - Greg Lecoeur.
© Photo : François Baelen/7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest"Love from a Father" Won Third Prize in Marine Life Behavior Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest.
Love from a Father Won Third Prize in Marine Life Behavior Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest - Sputnik International
13/18
"Love from a Father" Won Third Prize in Marine Life Behavior Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest.
© Photo : Christina Barringer/7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest"Croc in the Mist" Shot Won Story of the Shot Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest.
Croc in the Mist Shot Won Story of the Shot Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest - Sputnik International
14/18
"Croc in the Mist" Shot Won Story of the Shot Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest.
© Photo : Yeh Hung Wei/7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest"Gaming Zone" Shot Won Third Prize at Mirrorless Behavior Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest.
Gaming Zone Shot Won Third Prize at Mirrorless Behavior Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest - Sputnik International
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"Gaming Zone" Shot Won Third Prize at Mirrorless Behavior Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest.
© Photo : François Baelen/7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest"Atlantic Spotted Dolphins" Shot That Shows Female Whale With a Cub Won in Bluewater Travel Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest.
Atlantic Spotted Dolphins Shot That Shows Female Whale With a Cub Won in Bluewater Travel Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest - Sputnik International
16/18
"Atlantic Spotted Dolphins" Shot That Shows Female Whale With a Cub Won in Bluewater Travel Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest.
© Photo : Eugene Kitsios /7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest"Atlantic Spotted Dolphins" Won in Bluewater Travel Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest.
Atlantic Spotted Dolphins Won in Bluewater Travel Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest - Sputnik International
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"Atlantic Spotted Dolphins" Won in Bluewater Travel Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest.
© Photo : Younghun Kani /7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest"Little Birth" Won the Main Prize in Bluewater Travel Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest.
Little Birth Won the Main Prize in Bluewater Travel Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest - Sputnik International
18/18
"Little Birth" Won the Main Prize in Bluewater Travel Category at 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest.
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