Surfer wiped out by "place of skulls" wave wins Ocean Photographer of the Year

Ocean Photographer of the Year 2022
(Image credit: Ben Thouard)

Celebrating our beautiful blue planet, the Ocean Photographer of the Year Award  serves as both a platform for stunning underwater photography as well as raising awareness of issues affecting our seas and oceans. With £500,000 (approximately $555,000 / AU$868,000) available in cash prizes, the chance to be featured in an exhibition in London, plus a trip to Western Australia for the winner – not to mention the honor of winning – there are certainly a lot of incentives to enter. 

Judging the competition are some of the world's leading ocean photographers, videographers and passionate conversations. Acclaimed photographer, filmmaker and author Paul Nicklen is joined by the likes of Cristina Mittermeier, Andy Mann and Sadie Quarrier of National Geographic, just to name a few. 

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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.