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November 24, 2023

Grace Ebert

Jack Pokoj, a lizardfish’s open mouth reveals its last meal, Philippines. All images courtesy of Ocean Photographer of the Year, shared with permission

The waters surrounding the Philippines were fruitful for photographers this year, producing several winning images of the 2023 Ocean Photographer of the Year contest. From a boastful lizardfish to a tiny paper nautilus floating among volcanic debris, the lauded shots document marine life above and below the surface, glimpsing not only the stunning beauty of land and sea creatures but also the threats many face given a warming planet and rampant pollution. Some of our favorite photos are shown here, and if you’re in Sydney, you can see the full collection through May 26, 2024, at the National Maritime Museum.


a nautilus with a red eye is surrounded by innumerable bubbles

Jialing Cai, a Paper Nautilus drifts on a piece of ocean debris at night, surrounded by heavy sediment, Philippines

a polar bear walks toward a waterfall against a bright orange backdrop

Michael Haluwana, illuminated by the Arctic sun, a polar bear walks across a glacier that is adorned by a waterfall, Arctic

a red crab rests in the center of wispy gray tendrils

Andrei Savin, a crab sits in the centre of a sea anemone as it sways in ocean current, Philippines

an airborne penguin flies across the water

Craig Parry, a gentoo penguin, the fastest penguin species in the world, charges across the water, Antarctica

a manatee lounges in water backlit by sunlight

Sylvie Ayer, a manatee enjoys the crystal-clear waters of the Homosassa River, Florida

a red nautilus is atop a translucent blue jellyfish against a black backdrop

Renee Cappozzola, a female paper nautilus with egg case rides a small jellyfish, taken on a blackwater dive, Anilao, Philippines

an aerial image of a polar bear grasping onto melting ice

Florian Ledoux, a polar bear cub contends with the fragility of melting ice, Svalbard, Norway

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