A mob of mobula rays wins Ocean Photography Awards 2020
The photograph was taken by Canadian photographer Nadia Aly.
A mesmerising image showing an aggregation of mobula rays has scooped the top prize at the Ocean Photography Awards 2020. The winning image, taken by Canadian photographer Nadia Aly, was announced in November.
The Ocean Photography Awards is a celebration of the watery world beneath the waves and has six categories: Ocean Conservation Photographer; Ocean Exploration Photographer; Ocean Adventure Photographer; Young Ocean Photographer; Community Choice Award; and Collective Portfolio Awards. There is also an overall winning image, which is the award that Aly achieved.
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"The photograph is perfectly exposed, compellingly dramatic and deeply intriguing. I know from experience that this image was not easy to create," says judge Cristina Mittermeier. "Nadia Aly’s acknowledgement as the Ocean Photographer of the Year is a testament not only to the sheer power and uniqueness of her imagery, but to her journey as a photographer as well. It’s not lost on me that this winning image was made by an incredible water-woman, making it especially joyous and personally inspiring.”
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Check out all the winning images at The Ocean Photography Awards website.