Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019

From frolicking grey seals to resting gentle giants, view the winning images from Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019.

British Waters Compact Winner. Playtime? (Grey seal) © Martin Edser/UPY 2019

About the competition

The Underwater Photographer of the Year Competition was born in 2014/15, and judged by Alex Mustard, Peter Rowlands and Martin Edge. It is an annual competition that seeks to celebrate photography beneath the surface of the sea, lakes, and rivers.

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Since its inaugural year, the competition has grown and the 2018 competition received more than 5000 underwater photographs from photographers in more than 60 countries.

Find out on the Underwater Photographer of the Year Competition website.

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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. Gentle Giants (humpback whale). © François Baelen/UPY 2018
Wide Angle Category Winner. Gentle Giants (humpback whale). © François Baelen/UPY 2019
Macro Category Winner. Fast cuttlefish (Sepiola sp.). © Fabio Iardino/UPY 2019
Macro Category Winner. Fast cuttlefish (Sepiola sp.). © Fabio Iardino/UPY 2019
Wrecks Category Winner. Big Guns (HMS Audacious). © René B. Anderson/UPY 2019
Wrecks Category Winner. Big Guns (HMS Audacious). © René B. Anderson/UPY 2019
Behaviour Category Winner, also Underwater Photographer of the Year and British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019. The Gauntlet (parrotfish and grey reef sharks). © Richard Barnden/UPY 2019
Behaviour Category Winner, also Underwater Photographer of the Year and British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019. The Gauntlet (parrotfish and grey reef sharks). © Richard Barnden/UPY 2019
Portrait Category Winner. Fly high and smile (ray). © Nicholas Samaras/UPY 2019
Portrait Category Winner. Fly high and smile (ray). © Nicholas Samaras/UPY 2019
Black & White Category Winner. Between Two Worlds (cormorant). © Henley Spiers/UPY 2019
Black & White Category Winner. Between Two Worlds (cormorant). © Henley Spiers/UPY 2019
Compact Category Winner. Hairy in the Sunrise (hair frogfish). © Enrico Somogyi/UPY 2019
Compact Category Winner. Hairy in the Sunrise (hair frogfish). © Enrico Somogyi/UPY 2019
Up & Coming Underwater Photography of the Year Category Winner. Paradise (coral reefs). © Taeyup Kim/UPY 2019
Up & Coming Underwater Photography of the Year Category Winner. Paradise (coral reefs). © Taeyup Kim/UPY 2019
British Waters Wide Angle Category Winner. Off the wall (jewel anemones). © Robert Bailey/UPY 2019
British Waters Wide Angle Category Winner. Off the wall (jewel anemones). © Robert Bailey/UPY 2019
British Waters Macro Category Winner. Beauty in the Mud (long clawed squat lobster). © Arthur Kingdon/UPY 2019
British Waters Macro Category Winner. Beauty in the Mud (long clawed squat lobster). © Arthur Kingdon/UPY 2019
British Waters Living Together Category Winner. Morning Tide Mackerel. © Victoria Walker/UPY 2019
British Waters Living Together Category Winner. Morning Tide Mackerel. © Victoria Walker/UPY 2019
British Waters Compact Winner. Playtime? (Grey seal) © Martin Edser/UPY 2019
British Waters Compact Winner. Playtime? (Grey seal) © Martin Edser/UPY 2019
Marine Conservation Category Winner. Caretta caretta turtle. © Acevdeo/UPY 2019
Marine Conservation Category Winner. Caretta caretta turtle. © Acevdeo/UPY 2019