20 Breathtaking Examples of Underwater Photography

Underwater photography offer’s a glimpse into the world beneath the waves, a place of strange creatures and bizarre visual effects. This type of image making is usually carried whilst scuba diving or snorkelling, requiring specialist equipment and presenting a specific set of technical demands. This post brings together 20 examples of breathtaking underwater photographs, amazing examples displaying a range of subjects to be found under the sea.

1. Freediving Ocean – Into the Light (Jean-Marc Kuffer)

This beautiful shot captures a freediver breathing in preparation for a plunge into the ocean’s depths. The photographer, using a Fuji F30 with an underwater case, achieves an ethereal dreamlike quality by the capturing the diver’s silhouette against the sun above.

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2. Jellyfish (Schristia)

Many of the life forms that live underwater have an otherworldly, alien appearance, such as these luminously coloured jellyfish, photographed at Underwater World in Singapore.

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3. Flying Gurnard (Beckmannjan)

A Flying Gurnard glides across the seabed about five metres under the surface off the coast of eastern coast of Crete. The fish are distinguished by their hugely enlarged pectoral fins, which enable them to ‘fly’ through the water or ‘walk’ across the sea floor.

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4. Weeki Wachee Spring (Toni Frissell)

Toni Frissell’s astonishing underwater shot was taken at Weeki Wachee Spring in Florida. The beautifully crisp image was taken in 1947 and printed in Harper’s Bazaar later that year. It was used again in a 1955 edition of Sports Illustrated, and has since featured in the artwork for several record covers.

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5. Silver Moony (Tanaka Juuyoh)

The legs of a pier in Dumaguete, Philippines, add depth and a touch of sci-fi atmosphere to Tanaka Juuyoh’s underwater shot.

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6. Aft View of the Thistlegorm (Woodym555)

This mysterious architectural image shows a view of SS Thistlegorm, a British navy ship sunk in October 1941 off the coast of Ras Muhammad in the Red Sea. The vessel lay hidden in the sea’s depths until French marine explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau discovered the wreck in the 1950s, and today it is a popular very diving site.

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7. Star Attraction (Lazio-Photo)

This image captures the stunning red colouration of a huge specimen of the Panamic Cushion Star, found at a depth of 15 metres in Panama’s Coiba National Park.

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8. Vicissitudes (Jason de Caires)

Artist Jason de Caires Taylor created 65 works for the world’s first underwater sculpture park, at Molinere bay off Grenada. The sculptures, located in a National Marine Park, have cement surfaces intended to cultivate sealife such as coral and barnacles.

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9. Underwater Flight (Bill Harrison)

A King Penguin dives gracefully into the light-filled water of a tank at Melbourne Aquarium, an elegantly composed and focused photograph.

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10. Freediving Competition: Official Top (Jean-Marc Kuffer)

Jean-Marc Kuffer’s stunning photo shows a competitor at Great Camberwell Breath Hold Freediving Competition; the moment the diver equipped with a monofin enters the water is curiously frozen in time.

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11. Underwater Life (Glasseyes View)

This amazing image with its deep emerald greens was taken at Lobbecke-Museum and Aquazoo in Düsseldorf, Germany. The zoo has 80 aquariums and boasts a huge number of aquatic species.

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12. Christ of the Abyss Key Largo (Serge Melki)

Christ of the Abyss is a 2.5-metre tall statue that stands on the seabed at Key Largo in Florida. The bronze sculpture, cast in 1961, is a copy from the mould of an identical piece that was placed in the sea off Liguria in northwest Italy in 1954.

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13. Fish Madness (Jon Hanson)

The azure blue of the sea contrasts marvellously with the bright orange bodies of a school of anthias, brilliantly captured in Jon Hanson’s reef-side shot.

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14. Corsair Fighter Plane (Mattk1979)

This wreck of a Corsair Fighter Plane sits 35 metres under the Pacific, off the coast of Oahu in Hawaii. The US Air Force plane crashed in 1946 during a routine training mission, and, rumour has it, the pilot managed to swim back to the Hawaiian where he continues to happily live to this day.

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15. Shark (Tanaka Juuyoh)

Another brilliant shot by photographer Tanaka Juuyoh, this time an atmospherically dark image with the sinister form of a shark swimming through deep blue waters.

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16. The Awakening (Leah2saints)

This breathtaking image has a model plunging past a swirling shoal of fish, a strange, dreamlike image.

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17. Richelieu (Sunpol Sorakul)

Richelieu Rock off Phuket, seen in this image, is one of the best diving sites in Thailand, an ecologically rich environment that is a great place to see Whale Sharks and Manta Rays.

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18. Buddha Statue (Mattk1979)

The serene figure of a Buddha statue sits in the turquoise waters of Maunalua Bay, to the south of the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

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19. Wreck, Puerto Calero (Mike Lawrence)

This wreck is in the Atlantic Ocean at Puerto Calero off Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. There’s an abundance of marine life dwelling in the deliberately sunk vessel, including Angel Sharks, Barracuda, Rays, Cuttlefish, Amber Jacks and many fish of the Wrasse family.

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20. Freediving in the Ocean: Liv and Big Blue (Jean-Marc Kuffer)

Jean-Marc Kuffer’s beautiful shot captures British Freediving Champion Liv Philip making a dive into dark blue and very deep waters, another amazing example of underwater photography. James is an ardent photographer, tech writer and analyst who works at an online supplier of ink cartridges called Cartridge Save.

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16 Comments | Write a Comment

  1. jose ventura says:

    Nature is the best,nothing to match it.

  2. Dwi says:

    the man made object is beautiful, but the nature is far more beautiful

  3. ary says:

    thanks my God..,amazing

  4. ROJAK says:

    nature is better than making a statue underwater.

  5. mark says:

    really nice pictures, thanks for sharing.

  6. rio says:

    interesting… ^^

  7. deden says:

    cooolll amazing… great post… i like it thanks for sharing..

  8. Amazing photographs I think coral reefs are one of the most beautiful things in nature.

  9. Ahmad says:

    The statue scene makes impressive a lot.

  10. raiya says:

    I like the second one, thank you for sharing these amazing photographies.

  11. dGjess says:

    it’s been a long time since i visited your site and woah im amazed. it looks so very cool now!good job 🙂

  12. sadhu says:

    interesting… ^^

    • Owutamunopiri Nathan says:

      Hey! When you said underworld, i thought of something crazy- magical. Is water not part of the world?

  13. Jae Xavier says:

    The underwater statues are very stunning.
    Fantastic roundup.

  14. Nithin says:

    Thanks for sharing these amazing pictures.

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