The Underwater Photography Guide does it again with year's Ocean Art awards! 2023 was a monumental year for Ocean Art as it saw an unprecedented $120,000USD in prizes awarded. As always Ocean Art is a highly anticipated and well-publicized awards competition for the underwater photography community.
We're happy to share some of the winning photos from Ikelite Ambassadors and customers from around the globe. Congrats to all the winners and to Underwater Photography Guide on another successful year!
Bryant Turffs | Ikelite Ambassador
3rd Place, Wide Angle
4th Place, Cold Water
4th Place, Blackwater
Steven Kovacs | Ikelite Ambassador
Honorable Mention, Blackwater
3rd Place, Underwater Digital Art
“The Big Fin Reef Squid was photographed in Beangabang, Alor, Indonesia on a muck/night dive.
"My idea for this image was to try and create a narrative with the ink blotches and the squid. Whenever I think of an author, I think of them in the autumn in the mountains. So I wanted to put the squid in that kind of environment. Lastly, as artists we use our art as a way to convey our emotions. When squid are threatened or scared (their emotions) they release their ink. This was just my meanings for this image, but I’ve always wanted the viewers to come up with their own. So my hope is that others view this image and come up with their own narrative.
"All of the images were photographed by me, the background is near Crested Butte, Colorado and the sketch book was photographed in my studio in Golden, Colorado. All of them were taken with my Nikon D800E.” - Conor Culver
3rd Place, Black & White
Honorable Mention, Black & White
1st Place, Compact Behavior
Learn From the Pros
Want to cash in on the incredible prizes available from underwater photography competitions? Learn how to capitalize on your creativity with lessons from 100x competition winner Steven Kovacs. Or, take our advice on the basic tips for entering a photo contest. Or, tune into our Weekly Newsletter where you'll get a weekly dose of underwater photography tips and tricks to improve your craft and stay connected to the community. Whether you're in it for the fame, the glory, or just plain fun, competitions are a great way to improve your skills and make you a better photographer.