Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018

Seahorse closeups and dancing whales make up some of the winners from the 2018 Underwater Photographer of the Year competition.

Macro Category Winner. Seahorse Density. © Shane Gross/UPY 2018.

About the competition

The Underwater Photographer of the Year Competition first started in 2014/15, and  is judged by Alex Mustard, Peter Rowlands and Martin Edge. It is an annual competition that celebrates all photography beneath the surface of the sea, lakes, rivers and even swimming pools.

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To view the images as a slideshow, click on the arrows in the top right hand corner of the photos below.

Wide Angle Category Winner. Humpback Whale spy hoping. © Greg Lecoeur/UPY 2018
Wide Angle Category Winner. Humpback Whale spy hoping. © Greg Lecoeur/UPY 2018
Wrecks Category Winner. CYCLE-WAR. © Tobias Friedrich/UPY 2018
Wrecks Category Winner. CYCLE-WAR. © Tobias Friedrich/UPY 2018.
Macro Category Winner. Seahorse Density. © Shane Gross/UPY 2018.
Macro Category Winner. Seahorse Density. © Shane Gross/UPY 2018
Behaviour Category Winner. The fisherman (Asiatic cormorant). © Filippo Borghi/UPY 2018.
Behaviour Category Winner. The fisherman (Asiatic cormorant). © Filippo Borghi/UPY 2018.
Portrait Category Winner. A sand tiger shark surrounded by tiny bait fish. © Tanya Houppermans/UPY 2018.
Portrait Category Winner. A sand tiger shark surrounded by tiny bait fish. © Tanya Houppermans/UPY 2018.
Black & White Category Winner. Crocodile reflections (seawater crocodile). © Borut Furlan/UPY 2018.
Black & White Category Winner. Crocodile reflections (seawater crocodile). © Borut Furlan/UPY 2018.
Compact Category Winner. Dancing with the giants (Humpback whale). © Simone Matucci/UPY 2018.
Compact Category Winner. Dancing with the giants (Humpback whale). © Simone Matucci/UPY 2018.
Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year Category Winner. Roar (Nudibranch and moray eel). © ManBd UiDive/UPY 2018.
Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year Category Winner. Roar (Nudibranch and moray eel). © ManBd UiDive/UPY 2018.
British Underwater Photographer of the Year Category Winner. Love Birds (Swans). © Grant Thomas/UPY 2018.
British Underwater Photographer of the Year Category Winner. Love Birds (Swans). © Grant Thomas/UPY 2018.
British Waters Macro Category Winner. Battle of the Tompot (Tompot blennies). © Henley Spiers/UPY 2018.
British Waters Macro Category Winner. Battle of the Tompot (Tompot blennies). © Henley Spiers/UPY 2018.
British Waters Compact Category Winner. Scratchy Seal (Grey seals). © Vicky Paynter/UPY 2018.
British Waters Compact Category Winner. Scratchy Seal (Grey seals). © Vicky Paynter/UPY 2018.