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A smiling shark and bride-like fish are among the snapshots submitted to the Underwater Photography Guide’s Ocean Art Contest 2019.

Snooty, the female lemon shark captured in Florida’s Bonaire Wreck, has become a local celebrity with divers  – and her stunning picture received an Honorable Mention in the Portrait category.

Another highlight from the 8th annual competition, which attracted submissions from 76 countries, includes the blackwater category’s fifth place winner, which appears to show a driftfish swimming under a Amakusa jellyfish, known to have venomous tentacles. 

The image of a smiling shark is captured in Florida and receives an honorable mention in the portrait category 

In the underwater art category, 'Narcissism' came in fourth. It is the work of artist working out of Daegu, South Korea

In the underwater art category, ‘Narcissism’ came in fourth. It is the work of artist working out of Daegu, South Korea

'Victim' came in first place in the Conservation category, showing a long-dead turtle trapped in fishing line in the Bahamas.

‘Victim’ came in first place in the Conservation category, showing a long-dead turtle trapped in fishing line in the Bahamas.

'A Friendly Ride' 1st place -Shot in Queensland, Australia

‘A Friendly Ride’ came in first in the Marine life category. It was shot in Queensland, Australia

In the Blackwater category, 'Bride' came in fifth place. It was shot in Anilao, Philippines

'Radiography' came first in Macro category. It was shot in Puerto Galera, Philippines

In the Blackwater category, ‘Bride’ came in fifth place. It was shot in Anilao, Philippines.  Right, ‘Radiography’ came first in Macro category. It was shot in Puerto Galera, Philippines

'The Choir'  got an honorable mention in the Marine life category. It was shot in Baja California, Mexico

‘The Choir’  got an honorable mention in the Marine life category. It was shot in Baja California, Mexico

In the Macro category, 'The Hyponotist' came third place. It was shot in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

In the Macro category, ‘The Hyponotist’ came third place. It was shot in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

The creature appears almost bride-like as it carefully maneuvers underneath the jellyfish for protection, resembling a veil in the shot in Anilao, Philippines. 

Sean lions in Mexico appear to sing, and a shot from Lembeh Strait, Indonesia captures the hypnotic eyes of a snake.

While coral reefs from South Africa to French Polynesia appear in beautiful landscape stills from the competition that handed out $85,000 in prizes. 

In the Conservation category, 'Sea Turtle Trapped' came in fifth. It showed a loggerhead sea turtle entangled in abandoned fishing gear, off the coast of El Hierrop, Canary Islands

In the Conservation category, ‘Sea Turtle Trapped’ came in fifth. It showed a loggerhead sea turtle entangled in abandoned fishing gear, off the coast of El Hierrop, Canary Islands

Conservation category - 'Trapped' - 2nd Place - an anglerfish trapped in a net in Punta Chiappa Camogli, Italy

Conservation category – ‘Trapped’ – 2nd Place – an anglerfish trapped in a net in Punta Chiappa Camogli, Italy

Conservation category -"Plastic Soup" 3rd Place - A reef manta surrounded by plastics in Bali, Indonesia

Conservation category -‘Plastic Soup’ 3rd Place – A reef manta surrounded by plastics in Bali, Indonesia

Conservation category - 'Acropora Robusta Coral Fragments at the Ocean Gardener Coral Nursery in Candidasa Bali' - 4th Place - Shot in East Bali, Indonesia

Conservation category – ‘Acropora Robusta Coral Fragments at the Ocean Gardener Coral Nursery in Candidasa Bali’ – 4th Place – Shot in East Bali, Indonesia

Among the more unnerving shots of marine life in the competition which shows the best underwater photos of the year, the gaping skull of a dead turtle is seen at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

Tangled in a knot of plastic fishing line, the photo was awarded first place in the Conservation category of the contest and the memorable shot was taken in Eleuthera, Bahamas. 

The Atlantic Ocean image is not the only heartbreaking one that stood out. 

A sea turtle trapped in El Hierrop, Canary Islands and an anglerfish trapped in a net in Punta Chiappa Camogli, Italy, were highlights of the Conservation category. 

A reef manta surrounded by plastics in Bali, Indonesia also shows up in one of the world’s most prestigious photo contests.

Crabeater seals have developed a sieve-shaped tooth structure that filters krill, much like whale baleen. They suck up water containing krill, close their jaws, and push the water between their specialized teeth, trapping the krill inside. Location: Antartica Peninsula

Crabeater seals have developed a sieve-shaped tooth structure that filters krill, much like whale baleen. They suck up water containing krill, close their jaws, and push the water between their specialized teeth, trapping the krill inside. Location: Antartica Peninsula

Wide angle category - 'Under the Pier' Honorable Mention - A shoal of fish under a pier in Alor, Indonesia

Wide angle category – ‘Under the Pier’ Honorable Mention – A shoal of fish under a pier in Alor, Indonesia

Cold water category - "Icerock" 2nd Place - Iceberg with a diver underneath it with video lights shining on the iceberg, supported by Northern Explorers A/S, Tasiilaq, East Greenland, Atlantic Ocean, Arctic, .

Cold water category – ‘Icerock’ 2nd Place – Iceberg with a diver underneath it with video lights shining on the iceberg, supported by Northern Explorers A/S, Tasiilaq, East Greenland, Atlantic Ocean, Arctic, .

Wide angle category - "Eye of the Tornado" - 3rd Place - A diver surrounded by fish in Baja, Mexico

Wide angle category – ‘Eye of the Tornado’ – 3rd Place – A diver surrounded by fish in Baja, Mexico

Novice wide angle category - The Shepherd' 1st Place - Shot in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Novice wide angle category – The Shepherd’ 1st Place – Shot in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Novice wide angle category -"The Blue Arch" 2nd Place - Shot in Cebu, Philippines

Novice wide angle category -‘The Blue Arch’ 2nd Place – Shot in Cebu, Philippines

Novice wide angle category -"Treats from Mooloolah River" - 1st Place - Shot in Queensland, Australia

Novice wide angle category -‘Treats from Mooloolah River’ – 1st Place – Shot in Queensland, Australia

Wide angle category - 'The Cave' - Honorable Mention - A diver explores a cave in Tuscany, Italy

Wide angle category – ‘The Cave’ – Honorable Mention – A diver explores a cave in Tuscany, Italy

Conservation was one of the contest’s two new categories in 2019.

Blackwater diving images were some of the more striking among entrants which many elements of marine life appearing to almost glow in the dark thanks to a dark backdrop.

Humans make an appearance too. 

Aside from incredible shot of divers, including one striking shot of swimming beneath an iceberg – the underwater art category’s fourth place entrant Narcissism, shows an underwater artist in Daegu, South Korea, recreating her own image.  

Wide angle category - "Paradise" 5th Place - A coral reef in Fakarava, French Polynesia

Wide angle category – ‘Paradise’ 5th Place – A coral reef in Fakarava, French Polynesia

Reefscape cetegory - 'Biodiversity' 4th Place - Shot in Simon's Town, South Africa

Reefscape cetegory – ‘Biodiversity’ 4th Place – Shot in Simon’s Town, South Africa

Underwater art category -"Hairy at Sunrise" 2nd Place - Shot in Ambon, Indonesia

Underwater art category -‘Hairy at Sunrise’ 2nd Place – Shot in Ambon, Indonesia

Compact wide angle category - 'Coconut Octopus' Honorable Mention - Shot in Sipalay, Philippines

Compact wide angle category – ‘Coconut Octopus’ Honorable Mention – Shot in Sipalay, Philippines

Compact wide angle category - 'Boat Full of Bottles' 4th Place - Shot in Dauin, Philippines

Compact wide angle category – ‘Boat Full of Bottles’ 4th Place – Shot in Dauin, Philippines

Macro cetegory - 'The Story' 2nd Place - Shot in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

Macro cetegory – ‘The Story’ 2nd Place – Shot in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

Compact macro category - "Reflection" Honorable Mention - Shot in Monticolo Lake, Italy

Compact macro category – ‘Reflection’ Honorable Mention – Shot in Monticolo Lake, Italy

Portrait category - Toads' - 3rd Place - Shot in Bolzano, Italy

Portrait category – Toads’ – 3rd Place – Shot in Bolzano, Italy

Compact wide angle category -'Stretching' 3rd Place - Shot in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

Compact wide angle category -‘Stretching’ 3rd Place – Shot in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

Marine life category -"Gigantic Aggregation of Munk Devil Rays in Baja California Sur" - Honorable Mention - Shot in Baja California Sur, Mexico

Marine life category -‘Gigantic Aggregation of Munk Devil Rays in Baja California Sur’ – Honorable Mention – Shot in Baja California Sur, Mexico

Marine life category -""Strange Encounters" 4th Place - Shot in Baja California Sur, Mexico

Marine life category -‘Strange Encounters’ 4th Place – Shot in Baja California Sur, Mexico

The new Best of Show award went to a dramatic shot of a crabeater seal in the Antarctica Peninsula. 

The Rising Star Photographer prize went to Jules Casey for a photo of six juvenile seahorses. 

Tony Wu, Martin Edge, Marty Snyderman and Scott Gietler helped in the judging process.

Macro category - 'The Indian' - Honorable Mention - Shot in Anilao, Philippines

Macro category – ‘The Indian’ – Honorable Mention – Shot in Anilao, Philippines

Novice macro - 'Who is it?' - 3rd Place - Shot in Anilao, Philippines

Novice macro – ‘Who is it?’ – 3rd Place – Shot in Anilao, Philippines

Novice wide angle category - "What Are You Looking At?" Honorable Mention -Shot in Tulamben, Indonesia.

Novice wide angle category – ‘What Are You Looking At?’ Honorable Mention -Shot in Tulamben, Indonesia.

Macro category - 'Flamboyant in Space' 5th Place - Shot in Anilao, Philippines

Macro category – ‘Flamboyant in Space’ 5th Place – Shot in Anilao, Philippines

Novice macro -1st Place - and "Best of Show" runner-up Shot in Victoria, Australia

Novice macro -1st Place – and ‘Best of Show’ runner-up Shot in Victoria, Australia

Nudibranchs category -"Treats from Mooloolah River"1st Place - Shot in Queensland, Australia

Nudibranchs category -‘Treats from Mooloolah River’1st Place – Shot in Queensland, Australia

Nudibranchs category -'Orange UFO' - 5th Place - Shot in Reunion Island

Nudibranchs category -‘Orange UFO’ – 5th Place – Shot in Reunion Island

Novice wide angle category - 'Chestnut Moray' 5th Place - Shot in Kralendijk, Bonaire

Novice wide angle category – ‘Chestnut Moray’ 5th Place – Shot in Kralendijk, Bonaire

Portrait category - "Cormoran Underwater" Honorable Mention - Shot in La Paz, Mexico

Portrait category – ‘Cormoran Underwater’ Honorable Mention – Shot in La Paz, Mexico

Portrait category - "Silky Portrait and Sunset" 5th Place

Portrait category – ‘Silky Portrait and Sunset’ 5th Place

Portrait category -'Look at me' - 2nd Place - Shot in Saline Joniche, Italy

Portrait category -‘Look at me’ – 2nd Place – Shot in Saline Joniche, Italy

Super macro category -'Clownfish Eggs'1st Place - Shot in Tulamben, Indonesia

Super macro category -‘Clownfish Eggs’1st Place – Shot in Tulamben, Indonesia

Super macro category - 'Spikefin Goby' - 4th Place - Shot in Cebu, Philippines

Super macro category – ‘Spikefin Goby’ – 4th Place – Shot in Cebu, Philippines

Wide angle category - "Blur of Sweetlips" - 1st Place - a shoal of Sweetlips fish in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Wide angle category – ‘Blur of Sweetlips’ – 1st Place – a shoal of Sweetlips fish in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Blackwater category -'Lionfish' 3rd Place - Shot in Florida

Blackwater category -‘Lionfish’ 3rd Place – Shot in Florida

Blackwater category - "Long Lure Larval Flounder"Honorable Mention

Blackwater category – ‘Long Lure Larval Flounder’Honorable Mention

Blackwater category - "Blanket Octopus" 2nd Place -Shot in Anilao, Philippines

Blackwater category – ‘Blanket Octopus’ 2nd Place -Shot in Anilao, Philippines

Blackwater category - 'Snaketooth Swallower' 1st Place - Shot in Tahiti Island, French Polynesia

Blackwater category – ‘Snaketooth Swallower’ 1st Place – Shot in Tahiti Island, French Polynesia

Cold water category -"Welcoming Committee" Honorable Mention - Shot in Chubut Province, Argentina.

Cold water category -‘Welcoming Committee’ Honorable Mention – Shot in Chubut Province, Argentina.

Cold water category -'Catch' - 4th Place - Shot in Shetland Islands, Scotland

Cold water category -‘Catch’ – 4th Place – Shot in Shetland Islands, Scotland

Compact macro category -"La Communication Non Verbale" - 4th Place

Compact macro category -‘La Communication Non Verbale’ – 4th Place

Compact macro category -"Telle Une Torpille Pelagia Cherche Sa Proie" - 3rd Place - Jellyfish reflection in Cap d´Antibes, France

Compact macro category -‘Telle Une Torpille Pelagia Cherche Sa Proie’ – 3rd Place – Jellyfish reflection in Cap d´Antibes, France

Compact macro category -'Ponda Goby with Eggs' 2nd Place -Shot in Lembeh, Indonesia

Compact macro category -‘Ponda Goby with Eggs’ 2nd Place -Shot in Lembeh, Indonesia

Compact behaviour category -"Open Mouth Grouper" 1st Place - Shot in Red Sea, Egypt

Compact behaviour category -‘Open Mouth Grouper’ 1st Place – Shot in Red Sea, Egypt

Compact macro category - "Dancing in the Garden" Honorable Mention - Shot in Tulamben, Indonesia

Compact macro category – ‘Dancing in the Garden’ Honorable Mention – Shot in Tulamben, Indonesia

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