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9 Amazing Underwater Photos from Sport Diver's May Photo Contest

Photographers from around the globe submitted their best underwater shots featuring movement to the May Sport Diver Snapshots Photo Contest. Congratulations to David Palfrey, who took the top prize with his stunning shot of swirling fish under a jetty in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. David won a scuba accessories pack that includes a XIT 404 Aqua Pencil Starter Kit, XIT 404 Reef Stick, Pandora Tool, and Reef Fish Identification travel book).

Take a look at the winning photo and some of the shots that also blew us away this month.


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FIRST PLACE WINNING PHOTO

raja ampat pier fish school

Fish abound beneath the jetty in Raja Ampat, Indonesia's Sawandarek village

David Palfrey

Judge's Comment: "The juxtaposition of the steadfast pier that next to all of the life provides a striking contrast and image."


HONORABLE MENTIONS

turtle slow shutter spin photo

The photographer used a special technique to give a sense of swirling movement in this photo

Tony Cherbas

Provided description: Green Sea Turtle in Slow Shutter Spin

schooling jacks tornado

Schooling fish provide a wonderful photo subject underwater

Orvil Clark

Provided description: Bigeye jacks putting on a show for me while free diving

nurse shark belize

A nurse shark cruises through the water off the coast of Belize

Tom Weiss

Provided description: Curious nurse sharks at Ambergris Caye, Belize

Mexican hogfish Revillagigedo Islands

A Mexican hogfish in the Revillagigedo Islands

Ty Oliver

Provided description: Slow shutter Mexican Hogfish at Cabo Pearce, Revillagigedo Islands.

devil ray azores portugal

A devil ray off Santa Maria Island

Andre Gillon

Provided description: In the summer, when water temperatures rise in the middle of the north Atlantic Ocean, several seamounts located in the Azores Archipelago receive a pleasant visit from several groups of devil rays (Mobula tarapacana). This photograph captures a devil ray changing direction to avoid contact with a group of divers that are swimming toward it. Taken in Dollabarat reef, an offshore dive off the coast of Santa Maria Island (Azores, Portugal), where devil rays, giant dusky grouper, schools of pelagic fish, and, if lucky, whale sharks and manta rays, can be seen against a dazzling blue color provided by the wild Atlantic.

blacktip shark

A blacktip shark off the coast of Durban, South Africa

Helen Gordon

Provided description: A beautiful blacktip shark "flying" through a constellation of divers' bubbles. Aliwal Shoal Durban; May 2017

blue cod new zealand

A blue cod fins through the water off New Zealand

Sarah Milicich

Provided description: An inquisitive blue cod comes in for a look off Wellington, New Zealand.

sea turtle great barrier reef

A sea turtle fights current in the Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Libby Sterling

Provided description: This little guy was swimming against the current along the wall. Great Barrier Reef Cairns, Australia.

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