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.
FIRST PLACE WINNING PHOTO
Judge's Comment: "The juxtaposition of the steadfast pier that next to all of the life provides a striking contrast and image."
Provided description: Green Sea Turtle in Slow Shutter Spin
Provided description: Bigeye jacks putting on a show for me while free diving
Provided description: Curious nurse sharks at Ambergris Caye, Belize
Provided description: Slow shutter Mexican Hogfish at Cabo Pearce, Revillagigedo Islands.
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.
Provided description: A beautiful blacktip shark "flying" through a constellation of divers' bubbles. Aliwal Shoal Durban; May 2017
Provided description: An inquisitive blue cod comes in for a look off Wellington, New Zealand.
Provided description: This little guy was swimming against the current along the wall. Great Barrier Reef Cairns, Australia.