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Image: Clowfish poke out of an anemone showing isopods in their open mouths in this photo taken in Indonesia

Environment

Sea Life Captured in Stunning Photographs

See the winning images from this year's Underwater Photographer of the Year competition.

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Image: Gabriel Barathieu took this photo in the lagoon of Mayotte during spring low tides, when there is very little water, only 30 cm on the flats.

An octopus floats in the Mayotte Lagoon in the Indian Ocean on May 7, 2016. During spring low tides, there is very little water on the flats, even as little as 12 inches. Photographer Gabriel Barathieu used a wide-angle lens to capture this image.

Gabriel Barathieu / UPY 2017
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Image: Kukulkan Cenote on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula forms part of the Chac Mool system and is noted for the spectacular light effects as the sun penetrates the darkness.

Kukulkan Cenote on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula forms part of the Chac Mool system and is noted for the spectacular light effects as the sun penetrates the darkness, in this image captured on March 12, 2016. 

Nick Blake / UPY 2017
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Image: Horacio Martinez snapped this photo in his first diving experience in the Red Sea, Egypt.

An oceanic whitetip shark swims in the Red Sea on Nov. 4, 2016. These animals are mostly solitary and are primarily found in open oceans.

Horacio Martinez / UPY 2017
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Image: Nicholai Georgiou took this photo during a week of free-diving with wild orcas in Norway.

A pod of orcas swim toward the setting sun in Tromso, Norway on Nov. 11, 2016.

Nicholai Georgiou / UPY 2017
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Image: Ron Watkins noticed this Lion's Mane Jellyfish rising from the bloom towards the surface and positioned himself directly over it to capture this image.

A lion's mane jellyfish rises from the bloom towards the surface near Valdez, Alaska on July 12, 2016. Photographer Ron Watkins came across a dense bloom of moon jellyfish which ranged in depth from 6.5 feet to over 65 feet.

Ron Watkins / UPY 2017
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Image: This macro photo was shot during a blackwater dive in Anilao in the Philippines by So Yat Wai

A larvae mantis shrimp uses its raptorial appendages to hunt on May 23, 2016. Photographer So Yat Wai took this shot during a blackwater dive in Anilao in the Philippines.

So Yat Wai / UPY 2017
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Image: This is the wreck of the Louilla resting on top of Gordon reef in the Straits of Tiran on the edge of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

The wreck of the Louilla rests on top of Gordon reef on the edge of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Aug. 6, 2016. Wrecks become part of the eco-system as soft corals develop and can become shelter for schools of juvenile fish, but they can also have a devastating effect on their surroundings as they slowly deteriorate.

Csaba Tokolyi / UPY 2017
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Image: Clowfish poke out of an anemone showing isopods in their open mouths in this photo taken in Indonesia

Three clownfish poke out of an anemone in Lambeh, Indonesia on Dec. 2, 2016. Clownfish and anemones enjoy a symbiotic relationship, as do parasitic isopods and clownfish. Isopods like to hang out in the mouths of clownfish and perhaps because of this, clownfish often open their mouths.

Qing Lin / UPY 2017
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Image: "Portrait" of a bat fish font on in Shark Rafeen, Rash Mohamed National Park in Egypt.

A batfish seperates from the school of fish in Shark Rafeen, Rash Mohamed National Park in Egypt on Aug. 22, 2016. 

Lorincz Ferencz / UPY 2017
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Image: Jenny Stromvoll was able to capture this image of a whip coral goby with the Inon compact bug-eye lens, giving a lot of character to the goby's eye

A whip coral goby rests on wire coral in Mozambique on Feb. 4, 2016. This image was captured with the Inon compact bug-eye lens, giving a lot of character to the goby's eye. 

Jenny Stromvoll / UPY 2017
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Image: Photographer Melvin Redeker captured this image of killer whales in the North Sea

Two orcas swim in the North Sea off the coast of Yell, Scotland on Sept. 7, 2016. Photographer Melvin Redeker hoped to capture the iconic killer whales to draw attention to the North Sea’s many ecosystems and habitats.

Melvin Redeker / UPY 2017
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Image: Kirsty Andrews captured an image of this cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis), posed to ward off danger, in British waters.

A cuttlefish (sepia officinalis) is posed to ward off danger, in Drawna Rocks, Porthkerris, England on July 31, 2016.

Cuttlefish will often make this type of threat display and only retreat once it's clear that the diving photographer or other recipient has not been intimidated. In some former hotspots for these fish, increased use of cuttlefish traps, especially during the mating season, has had a devastating impact on the population's numbers.

Kirsty Andrews / UPY 2017
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Image: This image of a firework anemones (Pachycerianthus multiplicatus) was taken by Simon Yates on a diving trip to Scotland at Loch Duich

A firework anemone (pachycerianthus multiplicatus) sits deep in the ocean at Loch Duich, Scotland on Aug. 15, 2015. These anemones are found in deep and dark water, with the best subjects being around 82 feet or more.

Simon Yates / UPY 2017
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