Ocean Views from Nature's Best Photos
The winners of the 2010 Nature's Best Photography Ocean Views Contest are a stunning sample of marine wildlife and ocean vistas from around the globe. The 2011 contest is open to photographers of all levels through January 5, 2011, and winners will be published in the Spring/Summer 2011 edition of Nature's Best Photography and Alert Diver magazines. The annual Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards winners will be exhibited at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Spring 2011.
Hammerhead Shark, Cocos Island, Costa Rica
“This shark was cruising low along the reef known as Alcyone. Her left eye was glancing up toward other hammerheads when I took this shot from below.” -- Nature's Best photographer, Alan Studley.
Equipment Used to Capture the Shot: Nikon D300; Tokina 10-17mm lens; 1/80 sec at ƒ/7.1; Sea & Sea flash; YS 110 strobes.
Alan Studley/Nature’s Best Photography
Atlantic Spotted Dolphins, Little Bahama Bank, The Bahamas
Equipment Used to Capture the Shot: Canon EOS 5D; 15mm ƒ/2.8 fisheye lens; 1/200 sec at ƒ/5.6; Sea & Sea YS-250 strobes.
Andrew Sallmon/Nature’s Best Photography
Humpback Whale, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, USA
“This humpback uses its lower jaw to strain fish off the water’s surface as sea birds snatch their own meals right out of the whale’s open mouth.” - Nature's Best photographer, Bryce Flynn
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Squid at Sunset Reef Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Equipment Used to Capture the Shot: Nikon D700; 105mm ƒ/2.8 lens; 1/250 sec at ƒ/25; Inon Z240s strobes.
Charles Viggers/Nature’s Best Photography
Polar Bears, Cape Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
“In late November, land-locked polar bears gather along the Hudson Bay to await the formation of Arctic ice so they can return to their seal-hunting grounds for the winter.” -- Nature's Best photographer, Alan Zipp.
Equipment Used to Capture the Shot: Nikon D200; 80-400mm lens; 1/320 sec at ƒ/11; beanbag.
Alan Zipp/Nature’s Best Photography
Sunset at Ecola State Park, Near Cannon Beach, Ore., USA
“The receding tide left a multitude of starfish in tide pools clinging to exposed rocks along the shore. The rich hues matched the colors of the setting sun against the textures of the rocky beach.” -- Nature's Best photographer, David E. Becker.
Equipment Used to Capture the Shot: Nikon D300; 10.5mm lens; 1/4 sec at ƒ/22; Bogen tripod.
David E. Becker/Nature’s Best Photography
Giant Pacific Manta Ray, Revillagigedos Islands, Mexico
“Manta rays sometimes approach divers; an up-close encounter with such a huge, peaceful animal is unforgettable!” -- Nature's Best photographer, Deborah Smrekar.
Equipment Used to Capture the Shot: Nikon D70; 12-24mm; 1/100 sec at ƒ/11; Ikelite strobe.
Deborah Smrekar/Nature’s Best Photography
Black Skimmer, Nickerson Beach, Long Island, N.Y., USA
Equipment Used to Capture the Shot: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III; 500mm lens; 1/1600 sec at ƒ/5.6; Gitzo tripod.
James A. Galletto/Nature’s Best Photography
Leatherback Sea Turtle, Playa Grande, Costa Rica
Equipment Used to Capture the Shot: Nikon D2X; 12-24mm lens; 1/100 sec at ƒ/5.6.
Jason Bradley/Nature’s Best Photography
Veined Octopus at Anilao Batangas Pier, Philippines
A veined octopus sits inside a vacant bivalve shell, which it uses as a portable shelter, in the Philippines.
Jeffrey de Guzman/Nature’s Best Photography
Surfer at Bogue Banks, North Carolina, USA
“As I set up for a sunset shot—one last, solitary surfer exited the water and I quickly fired a few frames trying to capture the serenity of the moment.” -- Nature's Best photographer, Karen Doody.
Equipment Used to Capture the Shot: Nikon D300; 10.5mm ƒ/2.8 fish-eye lens; 1/250 sec at ƒ/4.
Karen Doody/Nature’s Best Photography
Tern and Loggerhead Sea Turtle, São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal
Equipment Used to Capture the Shot: Canon EOS 20D; 70-200mm lens; 1/640 sec at ƒ/5.
Nuno Sá/Nature’s Best Photography
Green Sea Turtle in the Canary Islands, Spain
Equipment Used to Capture the Shot: Nikon D200; 10-17mm ƒ/3.5-4.5 lens; 1/250 sec at ƒ/19; Seacam Seaflash strobes.
Pedro Carrillo/Nature’s Best Photography
Kilauea Volcano, Kalapana, Hawaii, USA
Equipment Used to Capture the Shot: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III; 50mm lens; 2 sec at ƒ/11; Gitzo tripod.
Peter Lik/Nature’s Best Photography
Adélie Penguins, Paulet Island, Antarctica
Equipment Used to Capture the Shot: Canon 5D Mark II; 24-105mm ƒ/4 lens at 24mm; 1/320 sec at ƒ/10.
Phillip Colla/Nature’s Best Photography
Dwarf Minke Whale, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
“Moments after its eyes emerged from the water for a ‘spy hop,’ this whale slowly descended in my direction and came as close as six feet before it dove away.” -- Nature's Best photographer, Steffen Binke.
Equipment Used to Capture the Shot: Nikon D200; Tokina 10-17mm lens; 1/400 sec at ƒ/7.1.
Steffen Binke/Nature’s Best Photography
Red Crab Migration, Christmas Island, Indian Ocean
“The largest land migration of any animal on Earth, as many as 120 million crabs carpet the island in red as they move from the rain forest to the coast.” -- Nature's Best photographer, Stephen Belcher.
Equipment Used to Capture the Shot: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II; 17-40mm lens; 1/250 sec at ƒ/10; Gitzo tripod.
Stephen Belcher/Nature’s Best Photography
Great Barracuda, Witu Islands, Papua New Guinea
Equipment Used to Capture the Shot: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III; 16-35mm lens; 1/5 sec at ƒ/9; Inon Z240 strobes.
Yeang H. Ch’ng/Nature’s Best Photography