Underwater Photographer of the Year


Underwater Photographer of the Year celebrates photography beneath the surface of the ocean, lakes and rivers.

More than 5,500 underwater pictures were entered in 13 categories by underwater photographers from 70 countries around the world.

image copyrightGreg Lecoeur
image captionGreg Lecoeur won Underwater Photographer of the Year 2020 with Frozen Mobile Home, showing seals around an iceberg in Antarctica.
image copyrightAnita Kainrath
image captionAnita Kainrath, from Austria, won Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year with Shark Nursery, showing baby lemon sharks in a mangrove in the Bahamas.
image copyrightPasquale Vassallo
image captionItalian Pasquale Vassallo won Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year with Last Dawn, Last Gasp, showing a tuna as it is hauled up towards a boat off the coast of Naples.
image copyrightNick More
image captionNick More, from Devon, won British Underwater Photographer of the Year with Rabbitfish Zoom Blur, taken in Indonesia.
image copyrightNur Tucker
image captionNur Tucker, from Wimbledon, won the Most Promising British Underwater Photographer, with Commotion in the Ocean, a panning photo of a seahorse.
image copyrightZena Holloway
image captionZena Holloway's image of Brazilian free-diver and conservationist Flavia Eberhard in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula was in the Black and White category.
image copyrightRenee Capozzola
image captionRenee Capozzola entry in the Wreck category was a split shot of the Georgios shipwreck, in Saudi Arabia. The ship ran aground in 1978 and now serves as an artificial reef.
image copyrightKeigo Kawamura
image captionKeigo Kawamura image of unicorn shrimp in Japan was in the Macro category.
image copyrightArthur Kingdon
image captionArthur Kingdon won the British Waters Wide Angle category with this image of Jewel Anemones taken off the Isles of Scilly.
image copyrightTrevor Rees
image captionTrevor Rees image of a fireworks anemone at the head of Loch Dutch, in Shetland was also in the British Waters Wide Angle category.
image copyrightShane Keena
image captionShane Keena's shot of a hermit crab on Peleliu Island using a discarded can as a temporary home was in the of the Conservation category.

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