Stunning photos capture marine biodiversity

The winners of BirdLife South Africa's annual Oceans of Life photography contest

Topics: marine conservation, marine life, Photography, Birds, sharks, wildlife,

Stunning photos capture marine biodiversity (Credit: Gunther Riehle/Oceans of Life 2013)

Seabirds in flight (and their landbound brethren), sharks, seals and other creatures of the coasts are on full display at the South African Museum, as part of BirdLife South Africa’s annual Save Our Seabirds (SOS) festival. The festival’s Oceans of Life photography contest aims to promote the conservation of marine ecosystems by drawing attention to some of the most stunning inhabitants of the world’s coastlines.

The contest’s winners were announced last night in Cape Town. Check them out below:



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    Allen Walker/Oceans of Life 2013

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    3rd place winner: Gannets dive for anchovies at Port St. Johns, on South Africa's Transkei Wild Coast.

    Gunther Riehle/Oceans of Life 2013

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    Chinstrap penguins pose on Half Moon Island, Antarctica.

    Robert Tarr/Oceans of Life 2013

    Oceans of Life 2013

    1st place winner: A gannat stretches its wings on Malgas Island, South Africa.

    Laura Dyer/Oceans of Life 2013

    Oceans of Life 2013

    2nd place winner: A black-legged kittiwake shelters on an iceberg during a snowstorm in Spitsbergen, Norway.

    Allen Walker/Oceans of Life 2013

    Oceans of Life 2013

    An oceanic blacktip shark swims in the waters of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

    Bill Klipp/Oceans of Life 2013

    Oceans of Life 2013

    A petrel glides over Antarctica's Southern Ocean.

    William Goodwin/Oceans of Life 2013

    Oceans of Life 2013

    A peppermint shrimp found at the bottom of a branching vase sponge in Belize's Lighthouse Atoll.

    Peter Chadwick/Oceans of Life 2013

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    Cape gannets and an African penguin, both threatened species, at sunset on Bird Island in Algoa Bay, South Africa.

    Graham Fenwick/Oceans of Life 2013

    Oceans of Life 2013

    Dusky, blacktip and bronze whaler sharks compete for anchovies in Port St. Johns, South Africa.

    Jean Tresfon/Oceans of Life 2013

    Oceans of Life 2013

    Swimming with a humpback whale in Port St. Johns, South Africa.

    Philippe Moës/Oceans of Life 2013

    Oceans of Life 2013

    Seals "play" in the waves off Namibia's Skeleton Coast.

    Johan Siggesson/Oceans of Life 2013

    Oceans of Life 2013

    A puffin "proposes" to the photographer on Fair Isle, Scotland.

    Craig Nash/Oceans of Life 2013

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    A Salvin's albatross swims off Kaikoura, New Zealand.

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Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email labrams@salon.com.

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