Underwater Photographer of the Year

The best underwater photos
of the year

Photo: Nick Blake / UPY 2017

Stunning photography isn’t just created on land or by drone. With 71% of the Earth’s surface covered by water, there are some fascinating sights to be seen in the ocean. Marvel at the best underwater photographs of the year  

Each year, the UK hosts the Underwater Photographer of the Year awards, showcasing the best photos taken under the sea. This year, the jury made their selections from more than 4,500 submissions from photographers from 67 countries


These are the entries that won:

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Underwater Photographer of the Year
"Dancing Octopus" by Gabriel Barathieu (France)

Barathieu’s photo was taken in the lagoon of the tiny island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean. “I had to wait for a low spring tide when the water was just 30 cm deep (1 foot) so the octopus would fill the water column. I got as close as possible with the wide angle lens to create this image, which makes the octopus look huge.”

© Gabriel Barathieu / UPY 2017

British Underwater Photographer of the Year
“Out of the Blue” by Nick Blake (UK)

Nick Blake’s “Out of the Blue” was taken in a freshwater sinkhole known as Chac Mool Cenote, in Mexico. “Underwater photographers can move freely in these dimensions, so I adjusted my position in the water to capture the symmetrical framing of the light beams by the rocks”.

© Nick Blake / UPY 2017

Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year
"Oceanic in the Sky" by Horacio Martinez (Argentina)

“I noticed this oceanic whitetip shark patrolling in the distance and exposed for the sun beams, and was pleased by the dreamlike effect. Oceanics are great subjects for close ups as they are anything but shy. Yet, I wanted to capture their apparent loneliness in the big blue.”

© Horacio Martinez / UPY 2017

Most Promising British Underwater Photographer
"Orca Pod" by Nicholai Georgiou (UK)

Nicholai Georgiou headed to the depths of winter in northern Norway for his “Orca Pod” image. “The days are short and the water is barely above freezing, but with orca around, the cold is quickly forgotten. The light was beautiful as the sun skimmed the horizon, but the water was dark and foreboding. Then these orca swam by, nice and close. It was a moment which will be hard to top.”

© Nicholai Georgiou / UPY 2017

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The winners of the other categories also created some fascinating photographs…

Wide Angle
"One in a Million" by Ron Watkins (USA)

© Ron Watkins / UPY

Macro
"Prey?" by So Yat Wai (Hong Kong)

© So Yat Wai / UPY 2017

Wrecks
"The wreck of the Louilla at sunset" Csaba Tökölyi (Hungary)

© Csaba Tökölyi / UPY 2017

Behaviour
"Your home and my home" by Qing Lin (Canada)

© Qing Lin / UPY 2017

Portrait
"Face to face" by Lorincz Ferenc. (Hungary)

© Lorincz Ferenc jr. / UPY 2017

Compact
"I've got my eye on you" by Jenny Strömvoll (Mozambique)

© Jenny Strömvoll / UPY 2017

British Waters Wide Angle 
"Eye to eye" by Melvin Redeker (Netherlands)

© Melvin Redeker / UPY 2017

British Waters Macro 
"Dragon display" by Kirsty Andrews (UK)

© Kirsty Andrews / UPY 2017

British Waters Compact 
"Scottish Fireworks Anemone" by Simon Yates (UK)

© Simon Yates / UPY 2017

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