The winners of the 2023 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition have been announced with a picture of a paddling monkey taking home the grand prize.
This year, there were 14 categories covering all aspects of underwater photography; but it is the winner of the Portrait category that was crowned Best in Show.
Suliman Alatiqi’s shot of a crab-eating macaque swimming around the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand where the photographer spent two weeks observing and documenting the species impressed the judges enough to call it “the world’s best underwater image.”
“Although the AI revolution has quickly changed the global photographic landscape, this year’s winners are a testament to humanity’s creative perseverance over machine,” the competition’s organizers, Underwater Photography Guide, write in a press release.
“With new rules against the use of generative AI imagery in our primary categories, these photos are 100% real.”
Over $120,000 worth of prizes were handed out. For more information and to learn more about this year’s contest, head to the competition’s website.