For the 16th year, Scuba Diving magazine has organized the Through Your Lens Underwater Photo Contest. Readers were asked to submit their best photographs; and this year, the contest had more entries than ever. With over 2,600 images entered, the judges had their hands full when selecting the winners.
This year’s winning image, taken by Evans Baudin in Baja California, Mexico, is an astonishing photo of a whale shark with 50 fish calmly riding in her mouth. The 39-foot female shark seemingly had no problem with her passengers and was happy to give them a ride where they needed to go. Baudin, a French marine wildlife expert, was in Mexico for a specially permitted dive to study the impact of COVID-19 on marine life.
As the grand prize winner, his work sits alongside the four category winners for Behavior, Macro, Wide Angle, and Compact Camera. Equally impressive is the work named to the honorable mention list, which goes to show just how strong the competition was. All of the winners received trips aboard different vessels to continue their diving adventures, while the second and third place category winners received camera equipment from Cressi and SeaLife.