50 Stunning Underwater Photos

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Of all the different types of photography showcased on Smashing Magazine, underwater photography is probably one of the most difficult to practice. It requires a very specialized equipment and the knowledge of some advanced techniques to get a perfect picture. You need to get the correct exposure, accurate focus, controlled movement of your subject and a pleasing color balance; you also have to deal with low light. Underwater photos offen suffer from loss of color and contrast when taken at a significant depth. Such photos are always adjusted with color balance to help offset the blueish tint of the water.

Because underwater photography is a specialized art, relatively few photographers attempt it. But it offers many exciting and rare photographic opportunities for fresh and truly different vivid images. Most often, photographers use a traditional film or digital camera covered in a watertight casing. Professionals prefer to use special underwater cameras.

Below, we present over 50 beautiful examples of underwater photos, created by artists and professional photographers. All works featured below have the artists and photographers’ names linked to their portfolios or websites. At the bottom of this post you’ll fine some links to Flickr groups where you can find more similar and exciting photos.

Also consider our previous showcases:

50 Stunning Underwater Photos

Victor Amor6

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J.Lambusphoto8

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Scott (lundysd)10

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Numera Tokyo12

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National Geographics15

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Neverletmego23

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Kenvin Pinardy25
Dancing underwater.

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Sugarock9929

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Dustin Humphrey31

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Gattaldo34
Water just makes every situation more poetic and graceful.

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Anatoly Beloschin37

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Unknown41

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Zena Holloway43

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Camilo Acuña47

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Eldad Hagar49

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Oracle51

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John Carleton53

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Barbara Cole55

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Tintinian57

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Smodger59
Colorful scene captured using macro photography technique.

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Vanveelen61

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Tina Owens63
Blue crab holding an urchin on its head for protection.

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Saul Kondrotas65
Jellyfish

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Tornicoqui67

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Maytevidri70

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Tamergunal72

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Kawa03107475

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Paragon77

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Ian79

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Nik8182

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Rainan86

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Fangleman88

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digivangelist90

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David Doubilet92

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Last Click

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By Bruce Mozertom.

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Further Resources

Links for further photographs and related resources.

  • Life Aquatic961061041029997
    The Life Aquatic group welcomes pictures of, but not limited to, amphibians, annelids, abalone, anemones, aquariums, aquatic plants, birds, bryozoans, chambered nautilus, cnidaria, coral reefs, crustaceans, coelenterates, ctenophores, fish, freshwater fish, jellyfish, marine mammals, mollusks, octopi, reptiles, sea snakes, sea squirts, sea turtles, sharks, sponges, squid, starfish, tunicates, etc.
  • Aquatic Turtles981061041029997
    All species of aquatic turtles
  • Aquatic insects 100
    Photography of benthic macroinvertebrates, including dragonflies, mosquitoes, mayflies, stoneflies, water striders, beetles, etc.
  • Digital Underwater Photography1011061041029997
    Scuba and other underwater photos.
  • Underwater Indoneesia1031061041029997
    Photos taken underwater in Indonesia, including Bali, Java, Moluccas, Papua (Irian Jaya), Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi (Celebes), and other dive spots in Indonesia.
  • Underwater Maldives1051061041029997
    Photos taken underwater in the Maldives Islands.
  • Underwater Videos107
    Underwater, scuba, diving or snorkeling videos.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/28/really-stunning-pictures-and-photos/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/05/celebration-of-smoke-photography-and-smoke-art/
  6. 6 http://flickr.com/photos/cronos/
  7. 7 http://flickr.com/photos/83291108@N00/514997452/
  8. 8 http://jlambusphoto.com/
  9. 9 http://jlambusphoto.com/content/DSC_0951_large.html
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lundysd/sets/72157594367614712/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lundysd/2904926085/in/set-72157594367614712/
  12. 12 http://wickedhalo.blogspot.com/2008/08/subaquatic-beauty.html
  13. 13 http://wickedhalo.blogspot.com/2008/08/subaquatic-beauty.html
  14. 14 http://wickedhalo.blogspot.com/2008/08/subaquatic-beauty.html
  15. 15 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/translucent-creatures/translucent-cowfish-newbert.html
  16. 16 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/translucent-creatures/translucent-cowfish-newbert.html
  17. 17 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/marine-marvels.html
  18. 18 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/marine-marvels/sculpin-fish-laman.html
  19. 19 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/translucent-creatures/translucent-squid-newbert.html
  20. 20 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/translucent-creatures/translucent-jelly-larva-arndt.html
  21. 21 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/wallpaper/hooded-nudibranchs.html
  22. 22 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/underwater-portraits/male-jawfish-photography.html
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/_never_/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/87185222@N00/317357725/
  25. 25 http://kenvinpinardy.deviantart.com/
  26. 26 http://kenvinpinardy.deviantart.com/art/dancing-underwater-66037749
  27. 27 http://www.pinardy.com/index.html
  28. 28 http://www.pinardy.com/index.html
  29. 29 http://sugarock99.deviantart.com/gallery/#Underwater
  30. 30 http://sugarock99.deviantart.com/art/Underwater-27-100060405
  31. 31 http://blog.photoshelter.com/2008/07/riding-a-wave-with-insights-dopamine.html
  32. 32 http://blog.photoshelter.com/2008/07/riding-a-wave-with-insights-dopamine.html
  33. 33 http://blog.photoshelter.com/2008/07/riding-a-wave-with-insights-dopamine.html
  34. 34 http://www.behance.net/Gattaldo
  35. 35 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Underwater/54798
  36. 36 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Underwater/54798
  37. 37 http://community.livejournal.com/sensuality_art/1162845.html?style=mine#cutid1
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  41. 41 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=59005
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  43. 43 http://www.zenaholloway.com/
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  46. 46 http://www.zenaholloway.com/
  47. 47 http://www.bubbleshare.com/users/profile/69772
  48. 48 http://www.bubbleshare.com/album/76235/overview#2560821
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eldad75/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eldad75/489632956/in/photostream/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/photographicdesign/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/photographicdesign/2122244637/
  53. 53 http://flickr.com/photos/johncarleton/
  54. 54 http://flickr.com/photos/60717073@N00/83723497/
  55. 55 http://www.barbaracole.com/bcIndex.php
  56. 56 http://www.barbaracole.com/bcIndex.php
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/e10photo/
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/e10photo/320571269/
  59. 59 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cattanachs/
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cattanachs/2486211668/
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/veelen/
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/veelen/376286064/
  63. 63 http://www.flickr.com/photos/50793212@N00/
  64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/photos/50793212@N00/286971924/
  65. 65 http://www.jpgmag.com/photos/861795
  66. 66 http://www.jpgmag.com/photos/861795
  67. 67 http://flickr.com/photos/tornicoqui/
  68. 68 http://flickr.com/photos/80932430@N00/488313617/
  69. 69 http://flickr.com/photos/80932430@N00/488313617/
  70. 70 http://flickr.com/photos/maytevidri/
  71. 71 http://www.flickr.com/photos/maytevidri/805889243/in/photostream/
  72. 72 http://tamergunal.deviantart.com/
  73. 73 http://tamergunal.deviantart.com/art/underwater-60839871
  74. 74 http://flickr.com/photos/the_road_ahead/
  75. 75 http://www.flickr.com/photos/21066340@N05/
  76. 76 http://flickr.com/photos/the_road_ahead/130772137/in/set-72057594110408503/
  77. 77 http://flickr.com/photos/paragon1/
  78. 78 http://flickr.com/photos/paragon1/2018321561/
  79. 79 http://www.flickr.com/photos/big-e-mr-g/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/photos/big-e-mr-g/1545969581/
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  86. 86 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rabar/
  87. 87 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rabar/2881240159/
  88. 88 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinkemmerer/
  89. 89 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinkemmerer/2612502694/
  90. 90 http://flickr.com/people/digivangelist/
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  92. 92 http://www.daviddoubilet.com/
  93. 93 http://www.daviddoubilet.com/
  94. 94 http://community.livejournal.com/vintagephoto/3215898.html
  95. 95 http://community.livejournal.com/vintagephoto/3215898.html
  96. 96 http://www.flickr.com/groups/50619606@N00/
  97. 97 #
  98. 98 http://www.flickr.com/groups/37996584469@N01/
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  100. 100 http://www.flickr.com/groups/aquaticinsects/
  101. 101 http://www.flickr.com/groups/42602747@N00/
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  103. 103 http://www.flickr.com/groups/underwater-indonesia/
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  105. 105 http://www.flickr.com/groups/underwatermaldives/
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Vailancio Rodrigues is a web ninja who bakes semantic muffins. Apart from that he is also interested in Motion Graphics, Visual Effects, Photography and knows little bit of Physics due to his college education . He is from Goa - a beautiful tropical paradise in India.

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  1. 1

    awesome inspiration in these of all photographs even learning from listed ideas. thanks for sharing

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    All was amazing except those with scantily clad people.

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    ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING

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    Danielle Susalla

    March 29, 2012 8:34 pm

    Wow, these are fantastic images! Wish that some of them were in the upcoming Liquid Capture: Masters of Underwater Photography exhibition at Oceanside Museum of Art in San Diego, CA opening April 28, 2012. Visit the museum to see about 40 additional image of underwater photography artists from around the world .

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    barry jackson

    May 8, 2012 8:56 pm

    just plain and simple genius, beautiful work I am truly inpressed with the quality and creativity and hope only to come one tenth as close to your work, thank you so much!

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    Really beautiful!

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    superbb, mind blowing!

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    very atteractive pictures

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    I love it.
    Unfortunately I have no hope to come any way near with my humble g12

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      Hi Tom,

      You would be surprised at the results professional photographers are able to accomplish with the G12. Many contest like the HP Red Sea are not dominated by compact cameras. Last years winner, Amir Stern, used a Canon S100.

      Tal
      Mozaik Underwater Cameras

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    i love it, it is very osomevery good picture

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    stunning.. lost for words!!

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    Wow, amazing,beautiful, what an insperation your pictures are,I love the colour ,the flow,they are just perfection

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