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This gallery of spectacular underwater images, shot by professional underwater photographer and adventure journalist Fiona Ayerst showcases the beauty of life seen submerged beneath the surface in the scuba diving haven of Sodwana Bay, South Africa.

Sodwana Bay, in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa's First UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to myriad thriving species of fish and marine life on its beautiful reefs. It is also, as Fiona has documented, a popular release site for the reintroduction of rehabilitated turtles back into the ocean.


The Sodwana Shootout Festival


From 22-27 May 2017 the annual iSimangaliso Sodwana Bay Shootout Underwater Photography event will take place in this colourful playground.

A proportion of the Shootout event entry fees contribute directly towards the iSimangaliso Rare and Endangered Species Fund which is used exclusively for the protection, reintroduction, monitoring and research of species such as these two turtles, within the park.


Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2017


This year, one lucky entrant into Africa Geographic 2017 Photographer of the Year competition will win a getaway to iSimangaliso Wetland Park, inclusive of three nights accommodation for two, on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis, at Mseni Lodge in Sodwana Bay. Prize also includes two nights of turtling with Ufudu Tours, a day excursion to the nearby uMkhuze section of iSimangaliso for Big Five game viewing and a forest walk and park entrance fees. Enter now for your chance to win!


Navigation: Click on the 'Next’ or ‘Back’ buttons above each image to view this gallery of the wonder of life beneath the surface in Sodwana