Stunning Shots From The 2018 Underwater Photographer Of The Year Competition

Image: © Grant Thomas/UPY2018

The winners for the Underwater Photography of the Year competition have just been announced and the images are absolutely spectacular. Here are the winning shots across the eight international and three British categories.

Although the inagural competition was only started four years ago, it finds its origins in the Brighton Underwater Film Festival, which has been celebrating underwater video and photography since 1965.

Here are the best of the best from this year's entries.

Underwater Photographer of the Year

Image: © TobiasFriedrich/UPY2018

Cycle-War by Tobias Friedrich (Germany)

This was also the winner of the 'Wrecks' category.

British Underwater Photographer Of The Year

Image: © Grant Thomas/UPY2018

Love Birds by Grant Thomas (UK)

This was also the winner of the 'British Waters Wide Angle' category.

Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year

Image: © Man BD/UPY2018

Roar by Man BD (Malaysia)

Most Promising British Underwater Photographer

Image: © Tony Stephenson/UPY2018

How Many Pike? by Tony Stephenson (UK)


Image: © Greg Lecoeur/UPY2018

Humpback Whale Spy Hopping by Greg Lecoeur (France)


Image: © Shane Gross/UPY2018

Seahorse Density by Shane Gross (Canada)


Image: © Filippo Borghi/UPY2018

The Fisherman by Filippo Borghi (Italy)


Image: © Tanya Houppermans/UPY2018

A Sand Tiger Shark Surrounded By Tiny Bait Fish by Tanya Houppermans

Black & White

Image: © Borut Furlan/UPY2018

Crocodile Reflections by Borut Furlan (Slovenia)

Compact Cameras

Image: © Simone Matucci/UPY2018

Dancing With The Giants by Simone Matucci (New Zealand)

British Waters Macro

Image: © Henley Spiers/UPY2018

Battle of the Tompots by Henley Spiers (UK)

British Waters Compact

Image: © Vicky Paynter/UPY2018

Scratchy Seal by Vicky Paynter (UK)

You can see all short listed entries and read more about the photographs at the Underwater Photographer Of The Year website.

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