UPY2018

Beautiful winners from the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018 competition

The winning photos from UPY2018 have been announced, with stunning images from around the world of the waters below.

The world under water is as mysterious to many of us as the Moon and the stars, but intrepid underwater photographers are braving the deep to capture stunning, captivating and extraordinary images of life under the waves. The annual Underwater Photographer of the Year competition celebrates the best of these pictures, and the UPY2018 is one of the best collections yet.

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Here are the first, second and third place images in each of the categories but you can see the full set of winners, runners-up and highly commended underwater photos at underwaterphotographeroftheyear.com.

All images © UPY2018

101GregLecoeur

Humpback whale spy hopping

Wide Angle Winner – Greg Lecoeur (France)

102FanPing

Surrounded

Wide Angle Runner Up –  Fan Ping (China)

103BrookPeterson

Sunset Snorkel

Wide Angle Third – Brook Peterson (United States)

201ShaneGross

Seahorse Density

Macro Winner – Shane Gross (Canada)

202SongdaCai

Friend or Food?!

Macro Runner Up – Songda Cai (China)

203KenjiCheow

The Shadow

Macro Third – Kenji Cheow (Malaysia)

301TobiasFriedrich

CYCLE-WAR

Wrecks Winner – Tobias Friedrich (Germany)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018

302GianniPecchiar

Safe Navigation

Wrecks Runner Up – Gianni Pecchiar (Italy)

303TobiasFriedrich

TRUCK-NOBIA

Wrecks Third – Tobias Friedrich (Germany)

401filippoborghi

The fisherman

Behaviour Winner – Filippo Borghi (Italy)

402ScottTuason

In Hinding

Behaviour Runner Up – Scott Tuason (Philippines)

403GregLecoeur

Gannets feeding

Behaviour Third – Greg Lecoeur (France)

501TanyaHouppermans

A sand tiger shark surrounded by tiny bait fish

Portrait Winner – Tanya Houppermans (United States)

502MikeKorostelyov

The nose

Portrait Runner Up – Mike Korostelev (Russian Federation)

503RodneyBursiel

Under The Wave

Portrait Third – Rodney Bursiel (United States)

601BorutFurlan

Crocodile reflections

Black & White Winner – Borut Furlan (Slovenia)

602SylvieAyer

Graceful manta

Black & White Runner Up – Sylvie Ayer (Switzerland)

603SantoshShanmuga

Angels of the Deep

Black & White Third – Santosh Shanmuga (United States)

701SimoneMatucci

Dancing with the giants

Compact Winner – Simone Matucci (New Zealand)

702JackBERTHOMIER

Flower power © Jack BERTHOMIER/UPY2018

Compact Runner Up – Jack BERTHOMIER (New Caledonia)

703IpahUid

Frogfish Illusion

Compact Third – Ipah Uid (Malaysia)

801ABDUL RAHMANJAMALUDIN

ROAR

Up & Coming Winner – ABDUL RAHMAN JAMALUDIN (Malaysia)

Up and Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018

802JacobDegee

The Hammer

Up & Coming Runner Up – Jacob Degee (Poland)

803AustinFerguson

Migration

Up & Coming Third – Austin Ferguson (United States)

901GrantThomas

Love Birds

British Waters Wide Angle Winner – Grant Thomas (United Kingdom)

British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018

902Nicholas More

Shark Speed

British Waters Wide Angle Runner Up – Nicholas More (United Kingdom)

903GregLecoeur

Fresh Otter at Sea

British Waters Wide Angle Third – Greg Lecoeur (France)

906TonyStephenson

How many pike?

British Waters Wide Angle Highly Commended – Tony Stephenson (United Kingdom)

Most Promising British Underwater Photographer 2018

1001HenleySpiers_0

Battle of the Tompots

British Waters Macro Winner – Henley Spiers (United Kingdom)

1002CathyLewis_0

Topshell tapestry

British Waters Macro Runner Up – Cathy Lewis (United Kingdom)

1003KirstyAndrews_0

Colourful Corkwing

British Waters Macro Third – Kirsty Andrews (United Kingdom)

1101VickyPaynter

Scratchy Seal

British Waters Compact Winner – Vicky Paynter (United Kingdom)

1102IanWade

Intertwined Mute Swans

British Waters Compact Runner Up – Ian Wade (United Kingdom)

1103JamesLynott

Curled Octopus

British Waters Compact Third – James Lynott (United Kingdom)


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