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The Winning Photos of Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018


The Underwater Photographer of the Year photo competition has just unveiled its winners for 2018. The photos provide gorgeous glimpses into the aquatic world that’s normally out of sight.

This year’s overall winner was German photographer Tobias Friedrich with an image titled “Cycle War” (shown above). It shows Norton 16H motorcycles loaded into the backs of submerged Fordson WOT 3 trucks. You can see a school of soldierfish above the wreck.

“I had had this image in mind for a few years, but it is impossible to capture in one photo, because there is not space inside the wreck to photograph this scene in a single frame,” says Friedrich. “My solution was take a series pictures and stitch them together as a panorama.”

Here are the other top photographs honored in this year’s contest:

British Underwater Photographer of the Year

‘Love Birds’ by Grant Thomas (UK)/UPY 2018

Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year

‘ROAR’ by ManBd UiDive (Malaysia)/UPY 2018

Here are the first place winners from all of the categories in this year’s contest:

Most Promising British Underwater Photographer

‘How many pike?’ by Tony Stephenson (UK)/UPY 2018


‘Humpback whale spy hopping’ by Greg Lecoeur (France)/UPY 2018


‘Seahorse Density’ by Shane Gross (Canada)/UPY 2018


‘The Fisherman’ by Filippo Borghi (Italy)/UPY 2018


‘A sand tiger shark surrounded by tiny bait fish’ by Tanya Houppermans (USA)/UPY 2018

Black & White

‘Crocodile reflections’ by Borut Furlan (Slovenia)/UPY 2018


‘Dancing with the giants’ by Simone Matucci (New Zealand)/UPY 2018

British Waters Macro

‘Battle of the Tompots’ by Henley Spiers (UK)/UPY 2018

British Waters Compact

‘Scratchy Seal’ by Vicky Paynter (UK)/UPY 2018

To see more of the awarded entries, head to the Underwater Photographer of the Year website. You can also see the previous winners for the contest in 2017 and 2016.