From Nature's Best Photography
Explore the winning photos from the 2012 Nature's Best Photography Ocean Views contest! You can also see the winners from 2011 and 2010.
CJ Kale/Nature's Best Photography
“I arrived at this beach about a half an hour before sunset. I shot a good number of beach and sunset pictures on this trip and on previous trips, so I was looking for something different. I noticed the beach was funneling waves to a narrow part of the shore in one particular area, so I spent a lot of time in this spot. I was using a tripod and was about a foot above the sand. I took many images pulling my tripod into the air just as the wave hit, and I was able to catch this one perfectly round wave.” -- Nature's Best Photographer, Dennis Frates
“This photo was taken the first evening of six that I spent at South Georgia Island. It captures a group of penguins on their way to the ocean to feed. As they approached, I knelt down, set the camera low to the ground, and waited for them to reach the spot I envisioned. King penguins are usually depicted as fairly placid, elegant creatures. This image presents a dynamic gang, seemingly with a leader, moving with a purpose. One can even see the articulation of their muscles. The cloudy mountains in the background enhance the sense of drama.” -- Nature's Best Photographer, Steve Gould