Magical reflections and majestic wildlife among Ocean Photographer of the Year 2023 finalists

Ocean Photographer of the Year 2023
A rare encounter: four green sea turtles serenely swim together in a single frame - Wildlife category finalist. (Image credit: Renee Capozzola)

Magical reflections of coral reefs, a curious brightly colored squat lobster and a scuba diver exploring beneath an iceberg are among the finalists of this year’s Ocean Photographer of the Year Award (OPOTY). Next month, the winner’s from each category will be announced and the competition is stiff, to say the least. 

Every year, wildlife and conservation photographers from all over the globe share their unique views of the underwater world and how we as humans interact with it. Divided into eight categories including adventure, conservation - hope, conservation - impact, fine art, human connection, portfolio, wildlife and a young photographers award there are plenty of genres that can be entered.  The competition provides a platform not only to marvel at incredible, colorful underwater creatures but the important projects that are helping protect our oceans and seas as well as demonstrate how people use the sea as an integral part of life. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.