The Best Images of the 2023 Photo Contest (According to Our Staff)
With more than 3,000 submissions to this year’s Through Your Lens photo contest, there were bound to be some incredible photos that nevertheless didn’t take a prize. Our editorial team discusses some of the images that spoke to them and why.
Staffer: Ariella Simke, Content Creation Specialist
Photographer: Don Silcock
Location: Valdes Peninsula, Argentina
When I look at this photo, I’m transported to a recurring dream where I meet a whale underwater. The image perfectly captures the majesty of a moment where time stands still and two sentient creatures lock eyes.
Staffer: Robby Myers, ScubaLab Director
Photographer: Zach Ransom
Location: Bimini, Bahamas
This is a beautiful, unusual perspective of a bottlenose dolphin. The wave curl adds movement, complementing the subject well.
Related Reading: Staff Favorites From Our 2022 Photo Contest
Staffer: Kristin Paterakis, Content Creation Specialist
Photographer: Jack Der
Location: La Jolla, California
A feat of patience in the cold, surge-prone waters of Southern California, this photo captures a unique, captivating perspective of a fairypalm hydroid and nudibranch relationship.
Staffer: Dave Carriere, Managing Editor
Photographer: Antonio Hou
Location: British Columbia, Canada
I found the swirling feather stars that frame this decorated warbonnet mirror the fish’s ornamental cirri in a pleasing, interesting way that really draws attention to the subject’s unique characteristics.
Staffer: Monica Medina, Senior Art Director
Photographer: Shinto K. Anto
Shinto K. Anto
Location: Anilao, Philippines
I was attracted to the ambience of this perfectly backlit image, and the position of the conceptual moon behind the spiny seahorse sets the mood.
Staffer: Candice Landau, Content Director
Photographer: Jules Casey
At first, all I saw was the mess we’ve created in our oceans. Slowly, however, I began to notice the beauty in sentience and interaction.
Staffer: Toni Shelley, Graphic Designer
Photographer: Max Holba
Location: Raja Ampat, Indonesia
My favorite thing about being in the ocean is how you become completely immersed in your surroundings. This photo replicates that feeling. It makes me feel like I am a part of this school of sweetlips!
Scuba Diving magazine extends a heartfelt thank you to all of this year’s photo contest entrants!