Waters and Wild: 10 of the best outdoor photos you'll see this year
Outdoor Photographer of the Year
Published 11/02/2016 | 06:35
The Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition has published its first book, and it will give you serious wanderlust.
12,000 entries were received from pro and amateur snappers alike for the fifth year of the competition, with 150 featuring in the book, 'Portfolio One'.
They range from the wilds of Australia to Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, where George Karbus shot the freediver and jellyfish featured in our gallery (above).
"After 11 years of freediving in Irish waters I have seen many types of beautiful jellyfish, but the summer last year was exceptionally warm and sunny and the ocean was a different place," says Karbus, who won the underwater category.
"My girlfriend and I were on a freedive session when we discovered these amazing clouds of moon jellyfish. We immediately began swimming among them, enjoying the pulsing as they propelled themselves along."
Karbus previously won the overall OPOTY award in 2010.
Another stunning image, captured by photographer Christopher May, shows West Kerry's Blasket Islands in all their weather-beaten glory.
"I wanted to capture the Atlantic breakers and the feeling of otherworldliness for which it is famed," May says. "I needed a storm and a sunset, and I was lucky to get both, but it did take nearly a year."
Other categories include the Spirit of Travel, won by a photo of students from northern Pakistan, and the Young OPOTY, won by a 15-year-old from Greece.
The overall winner will be announced on February 13, 2016.
Outdoor Photographer of the Year: Portfolio One is published by Ammonite Press this March, with a RRP of £25 (€32 approx.).
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