Results: Ocean Art 2022

Octopus Mother” by Kat Zhou

The Ocean Art Contest has announced the winners of its 2022 contest. There are over 70 images among the placings, with many from members of the Wetpixel community. Congratulations to Kat Zhou, whose image of the Caribbean octopus (Octopus briareus) that was at Blue Heron Bridge last year, was awarded Best of Show.

Press release

Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest Winners Announced The prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide , has announced the results of the world’s largest underwater photo contest.

It is clear from this year’s winning images that our community of underwater photographers has dived into a new and exciting post-pandemic era. An unprecedented caliber of photo s was ushered in by the lifting of travel restrictions-including our best in show image featuring another teachable moment from an octopus.

The photo, captured in Palm Beach, Florida by Kat Zhou, depicts the bittersweet final days between a mother octopus and her young before dying of old age.

This year’s competition debuted a new Mobile Phone category , with inspiring images captured by a tool that almost every ocean lover has in their pocket . We hope this category will inspire new underwater photographers and explorers to tell their own stories.

Other extraordinary winners included extra-terrestrial blackwater scenes of the crazy domain of pelagic critters, images that br ought hope and solutions for ocean conservation, exhibitions of imaginative photographic technique, and inspiring animal portraits . 14 different categories ensure a competitive contest for all levels and disciplines of underwater photography.

The judges evaluated thousands of entries from 96 countries before selecting the final set of images as Ocean Art winners. Ocean Art 2022 judges included prestigious underwater photographers Tony Wu, Mark Strickland , and Marty Snyderman.

Editor-in-Chief of the Underwater Photography Guide and a partner in Bluewater Photo and Bluewater Travel Nirupam commented, “The winners of Ocean Art 2022 surprised me. I expected an “instagramable” moment to steal the show. Instead, each image is that of photographic excellence or poetic reflection of the natural world around us. These images will be seared in my mind of years to come.”

Complete list of winners:

Wide Angle

1st Place Renee Capozzola
2nd Place Daniel Nicholson
3rd Place Martin Broen
4th Place Julian Gunther
Honorable Mention Josh Blank
Honorable Mention Adam Martin


1st Place Kat Zhou

2nd Place Matthew Sullivan
3rd Place Nicolas Remy
Honorable Mention Novrizal Herdananto
Honorable Mention Kat Zhou

Marine Life Behavior

1st Place Galice Hoarau
2nd Place Bryant Turffs
3rd Place Tom Shlesinger
4th Place Mirko Zanni
Honorable Mention Luc Rooman
Honorable Mention Mark Green


1st Place Kuo-Wei Kao
2nd Place Gabriella Luongo
3rd Place Kim Briers
4th Place Andrew Cummings
Honorable Mention Frank Begun
Honorable Mention Jeff Molder
Honorable Mention Lorenzo Terraneo


1st Place Nicolas Remy
2nd Place Yannick Gouguenheim
3rd Place Jon Anderson
Honorable Mention Shouhao Ren
Honorable Mention Sage Ono


1st Place Aleksei Permiakov
2nd Place Veronika Nagy
3rd Place Luke Gordon
Honorable Mention Mayumi Takeuchi-Ebbins
Honorable Mention Talia Greis


1st Place Dennis Corpuz
2nd Place Josh Raia
3rd Place Steven Kovacs
4th Place Marcello Zof
Honorable Mention Steven Kovacs
Honorable Mention Galice Hoarau

Underwater Conservation

1st Place Lawrence Alex Wu
2nd Place Caroline Power
3rd Place Gabriella Luongo
4th Place Celia Kujala
Honorable Mention Alessandro Giannaccini
Honorable Mention Daniel Po

Underwater Art

1st Place Sarah Teveldal
2nd Place Julian Nedev
3rd Place Lilian Koh
Honorable Mention Jenny Stock

Black & White

1st Place Martin Broen
2nd Place Brooke Pyke
3rd Place Piers Baillie
Honorable Mention Renee Capozzola
Honorable Mention Richard Condlyffe

Compact Wide Angle

1st Place Enrico Somogyi
2nd Place Felix Beck
3rd Place Martina Favero

Compact Macro

1st Place Eunhee Cho
2nd Place Regie Casia
3rd Place David Pleuvret
4th Place Ipah Uid Lynn
Honorable Mention Martina Favero
Honorable Mention Andrew Michelutti
Honorable Mention Man Bd

Compact Behavior

1st Place PT Hirschfield
2nd Place Sheryl Wright
3rd Place PT Hirschfield
4th Place Joao Pontes
Honorable Mention Sofia K. Tenggrono

Mobile Phone

1st Place Buzzichelli Alessandro
2nd Place Chris Gug
3rd Place Grega Verc