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26 award-winning underwater photos reveal the magical worlds beneath the ocean's surface

INSIDER Logo By Talia Lakritz of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 27:  The Underwater Photographer of the Year awards announced the winners of its 2020 contest.  The photos show animals such as fish, crabs, sharks, and seahorses in the wild, as well as shipwrecks and coral reefs.  The overall winning picture captures crabeater seals swimming around an iceberg in Antarctica.    Visit  Insider's homepage for more stories.   Underwater photography often requires navigating choppy waters, unpredictable creatures, and treacherous depths to get the perfect shot. The Underwater Photographer of the Year competition recognizes talented photographers from around the world who brave the elements to capture photos below sea level.  Here are the winners and runner-ups from each category, as well as the overall winning photographs in this year's contest. You can view last year's winners here.  Captions have been condensed and edited for clarity.

  • The Underwater Photographer of the Year awards announced the winners of its 2020 contest.
  • The photos show animals such as fish, crabs, sharks, and seahorses in the wild, as well as shipwrecks and coral reefs.
  • The overall winning picture captures crabeater seals swimming around an iceberg in Antarctica.

Underwater photography often requires navigating choppy waters, unpredictable creatures, and treacherous depths to get the perfect shot. The Underwater Photographer of the Year competition recognizes talented photographers from around the world who brave the elements to capture photos below sea level.

Click through this gallery to see the winners and runner-ups from each category, as well as the overall winning photographs in this year's contest. You can view last year's winners here.

Captions have been condensed and edited for clarity.

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