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Outdoor Photographer of the Year

Published 11/02/2016 | 06:35

Ireland:
Ireland: "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." Photo: George Karbus/OPOTY.co.uk
The Blasket Islands, off the Dingle Peninsula in West Kerry. "I wanted to capture the Atlantic breakers and the feeling of otherworldliness for which it is famed," says photographer Christopher May. "I needed a storm and a sunset, and I was lucky to get both, but it did take nearly a year." Photo: Christopher May/OPOTY.co.uk
Wallabies and kangaroos gather on a beach at Cape Hillsborough near Mackay in north Queensland, Australia. Photo: Judith Conning/OPOTY.co.uk
Outdoor Photographer of the Year: Portfolio One
This panoramic image with the moonset was taken at the Three Peaks of Lavaredo (also known as Drei Zinnen) in the Dolomites region of north east Italy. From the ‘Light on the Land’ category. Photo: Ivan Pedretti/OPOTY.co.uk
The banded darter dragonfly, a species that lives in freshwater environments, trapped by a sundew. "Nature can be cruel from time to time," says Johannes Klapwjik. Photo: Johannes Klapwjik/OPOTY.co.uk
Maldives: "Fernando Stalla 
is one of the best ocean men I’ve seen," says George Karbus. "I already knew that he was a great spear fisherman, surfer and paddle surfer but when we started to do some underwater body surfing his skills blew my mind." Photo: George Karbus/OPOTY.co.uk
"St Cwyfan’s church sits on its own mini island off the coast of Anglesey in north Wales. I captured this image during a high spring tide," says Ian Mountford, who won the ‘At The Water’s Edge’ category. Photo: Ian Mountford/OPOTY.co.uk
Bir, Himachal Pradesh, northern India. Photo: Arpit Vyas/OPOTY.co.uk
"A couple of friends, Graeme and Justin, and I were climbing as a team of three on the classic Grooved Arete route on the east face of Tryfan in Snowdonia, north Wales. It was a grey and cloudy day, which made it very atmospheric." Photo: Andy Teasdale/OPOTY.co.uk
A school of big-eye trevally being harassed by a juvenile bottlenose dolphin off Lady Elliot Island on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, in Queensland, Australia. Photo: Justin Bruhn/OPOTY.co.uk

The Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition has published its first book, and it will give you serious wanderlust.

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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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