This year the Sony World Photography Awards received over 230 000 entries from 186 countries, making this year’s competition the largest one to date. Pictured above is a member of the Scyphozoa class of jellyfish captured by Alexander Semenov. This photograph has been shortlisted in the Environment category.

Alexander writes: “I’m marine biologist, explorer and underwater photographer, head of the divers’ team at Moscow State University’s White sea biological station. My team and I are used to diving in unfavourable and often harsh conditions where we successfully conduct complex research projects. My own goal is to study underwater life through camera lenses and to boost people’s interest in marine biology, sharing all my finding on social media and in real life through public lectures, exhibitions and media events. I have the amazing opportunity to see beauty in the darkness underwater, and this led me to multiple collaborations with the National Geographic, Discovery Channel, the BBC, Nature, Smithsonian and many more. I’m also working with the museums and scientists from all over the world.”

Visit Alexander Semenov’s website for more images of free-swimming marine animals.

Image credit: Alexander Semenov