The ocean is as beautiful as it is scary. The 2018 Underwater Photography Of The Year (UPY) contest have just announced its winners, and they have perfectly captured the many treasures of the world down below.
All photos had to be taken underwater (split-level images were permitted too, as long as a part of the image was underwater). There were also no restrictions on post processing. Photographers from 63 countries submitted more than 5,000 photos to compete in the 11 categories as well as the grand prize.
German photographer, Tobias Friedrich, was the one who got it. Tobias’ piece is called ‘CYCLE-WAR’ and shows a panoramic view of the shipwrecked SS Thistlegorm, stocked with rows of 16H motorbikes loaded into Fordson WOT 3 trucks. Friedrich said he chose the location because he had been there a few years previous, but hadn’t caught the right shot. The second time around still proved to be a challenge.
“It took my an entire dive to place the lights and the diver in the background like I had it in mind. On the second attempt the panoramic image worked out as well.”
For underwater photography there is more to a shoot than getting the right angle, the photographer elaborated.
British Waters Compact Category: “Peek-A-Boo!” By Martin Edser, Uk
Portrait Category Winner: “A Sand Tiger Shark Surrounded By Tiny Bait Fish” By Tanya Houppermans, USA
Black & White Category: “Morning Flight” By Filippo Borghi, Italy
Black & White Category: “Hypnosis” By Wendy Timmermans, Netherlands
British Underwater Photographer Of The Year. “Love Birds” By Grant Thomas, Uk
Macro Category: “Pretty Lady” By Tianhong Wang, China
Wide Angle Category: “Blacktip Rendezvous” By Renee Capozzola, USA
Wide Angle Category Winner: “Humpback Whale Spy Hopping” By Greg Lecoeur, France
Macro Category Winner: “Seahorse Density” By Shane Gross, Canada
Black & White Category Winner: “Crocodile Reflections” By Borut Furlan, Slovenia
Macro Category: Runner Up “Friend Or Food?!” By Songda Cai, China