A shocking picture exhibiting a bunch of seals swimming in sync beneath an Antarctic iceberg has captured a significant pictures award.

The ethereal {photograph}, taken by French photographer Greg Lecouer beneath an iceberg, exhibits 4 crabeater seals drifting within the frigid waters.

Lecouer’s image, titled “Frozen Cell House,” was chosen by judges from amongst greater than 5,500 submissions representing photographers from 70 nations, based on the Underwater Photographer of the Yr 2020 web site.

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In “Frozen Cell House,” crabeater seals cavort beneath an iceberg, close to Antarctica. This mesmerizing picture earned Greg Lecoeur the title of Underwater Photographer of the Yr 2020.
(© Copyright Greg Lecoeur/UPY2020)

“The balletic rhythm of those crabeater seals and the ethereal panorama of the pitted iceberg creates a composition that attracts you right into a nook of the world that few folks have witnessed. The a number of topics take my eyes on a journey by means of the body and into the icy ocean of Antarctica,” mentioned Alex Mustard, one of many contest judges, in an announcement.

Lecoeur mentioned in an announcement that “little is thought about how wildlife thrives round these cellular houses. Icebergs fertilize the oceans by carrying vitamins from land that spark blooms of marine life and in addition present houses for bigger animals, like these crabeater seals.”

Nicholas Extra, who gained the British Underwater Photographer of the Yr, snapped a beautiful image of a bunch of rabbit fish beneath a jetty in Indonesia.

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"Rabbit Fish Zoom Blur" incorporated motion blur to highlight a school of rabbitfish, captured in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. 

“Rabbit Fish Zoom Blur” integrated movement blur to focus on a college of rabbitfish, captured in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. 
(Copyright Nicholas Extra/UPY 2020)

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“I’ve been taking movement blur photos for just a few years now. I like how the approach provides dynamism to photos” Extra mentioned in an announcement.

All of this 12 months’s winners may be seen within the UPY picture gallery on-line.