An exquisite shot of blacktip reef sharks circling under a jewel-colored sky in French Polynesia tops this year Underwater Photographer of the Year Competition (previously). Captured from California Renee CapozzolaThe winning entry frames a pair of white-bellied fish and seagulls in the air, forming a random composition that combines air, land and sea. “I devoted several evenings to photography in the shallows at sunset and was eventually rewarded with this scene: glassy water, a rich sunset, sharks and even birds,” she said.
This year’s competition received more than 4,500 entries from photographers in 68 countries, including images of wrecked barges, frogs peeking out of a muddy pond, and two Ornery Blenny in the middle of a fight. Capozzola is the first woman to win the UK-based competition since its inception in 1965.
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