Ocean Views 2012 Contest Winners

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.

“In 2010, I became the first photographic artist to ever photograph lava from inside the surf. I waited five years for the conditions to be perfect for this type of shot. First, the lava had to cross the beach where most of the coast is a rugged cliff. There also needed to be substantial surf. Finally, the volume of lava-flow into the ocean needed to be just right; with too much volume, the water would be boiling far out to sea, and with too little there would not be enough to be visible in the photo. By the time I took this image several days later, lava covered the entire beach.” - Nature's Best Photographer, CJ Kale