Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

They’re The Best Water Photos Ever Taken, And They’re Strangely Calming.

We didn't know that this competition existed, but we're definitely glad we do now: It's the In Water Photographer of the Year competition, and it's all about the work of innovative photographers who capture their snaps while below the surface of the briny deep.

Here's what the website had to say about the yearly competition:

In Water Photographer of the Year Competition is all about entering the water with the bare minimum, the category winners below are open water swimmers, surfers, snorkelers, freedivers and skin diver enthusiasts. All of the photographs have been taken on one breath, with just a camera in hand and no other technical gear other than mask and fins.

Sounds like a tall order, right? You're not going to believe some of the images captured here -- no Photoshop necessary.

Underwater Sky

This is taken in the natural pool in the wet land of my hometown, where have very clear and clean water. I wanted to present the picture of broad sky of 360 degrees so I used Kodak SP360 to shoot from the bottom. I tried fine tuning for many times to change the angle of the picture and I am pleased to shoot successfully.

Underwater Sky

Lynn Wu

Underwater Rugby Colombian Under 21 Team

It's 12 noon and Under 21 Colombian National Team is preparing to make the daily training. Image shows how the coach is holding the ball while in the background all players are entering into the water. A month after, this Team wins the World Championship in Lonsboda, Sweden.

Underwater Rugby Colombian Under 21 Team

Camilo Diaz

Underwater Sunshine

Near the barren desert of Sinai, the coral reefs in water are so full of vitality. I went to the Woodhouse Reef by boat. I saw a large group of anthias fish under the reef rock while I was snorkeling. Therefore I free dived to the four-meter deep and shot from the bottom. By doing so, I presented the beautiful lights of bright sun, colorful coral reef and shoal of anthias in a same picture.

Underwater Sunshine

Lynn Wu

Peak

This photo was taken at Manly Beach in Sydney just moments after sunrise. Wading waist deep in the waves with no water housing to protect my camera, it was risky to say the least. To capture this shot, the angle, timing, focus and lighting all had to align, with just a few minutes to capture the sun before it moved too far above the horizon. Taking hundreds of photos within about 10 minutes, the camera held just millimetres away from the surface of the water at times, this was my last capture before misjudging a wave and completely soaking the bottom half of my DSLR. It was totally worth it though, my left arrow button now permanently salt damaged - a price I'm willing to risk to capture a great photograph.

Peak

James Vodicka

Iceberg Swimmer

During a free diving and sailing trip in Antarctica, we used to swim and free dive around the icebergs, it was such an amazing experience! I am very lucky to have visited this part of the world!

Iceberg Swimmer

Alex Voyer

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