The Best Underwater Photos Of 2018 Were Just Announced, And They’ll Take Your Breath Away


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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 explained that he had had the idea for the photo for a few years, but finding a way to compose the shot was tricky.

“The wall is very close and you can’t move backwards enough to capture the whole scenery. As a result, I had to create a panoramic image of the same scene to capture the whole cargo deck, including some lights that give the image more depth.”

Competition judge Peter Rowlands pointed out that while this is not the first time someone has taken this photo, it is the artistic composition that set Friedrich apart.

“Perfectly lit and composed, I predict that there will never be a better shot of this subject from now on.”

More info: underwaterphotographeroftheyear.com

Underwater Photographer of the Year. “CYCLE-WAR” by Tobias Friedrich, Germany

Image credits: Tobias Friedrich

British Underwater Photographer of the Year. “Love Birds” by Grant Thomas, UK

Image credits: Grant Thomas

Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year. “ROAR” by Man BD, Malaysia

Image credits: Man BD

Most Promising British Underwater Photographer. “How many pike?” by Tony Stephenson, UK

Image credits: Tony Stephenson

Wide Angle Category Winner: “Humpback whale spy hopping” by Greg Lecoeur, France

Image credits: Greg Lecoeur

Wide Angle Category: Runner Up “Surrounded” by Fan Ping, China

Image credits: Fan Ping

Wide Angle Category: Third “Evening Snorkel” by Brook Peterson, USA

Image credits: Brook Peterson

Wide Angle Category: “Breathtaking” by Tobias Friedrich, Germany

Image credits: Tobias Friedrich

Wide Angle Category: “The real illusion”by Konstantin Killer, Germany

Image credits: Konstantin Killer

Wide Angle Category: “Cenote Nariz” by Herbert Meyrl, Germany

Image credits: Herbert Meyrl

Wide Angle Category: “Cooking Sausage” by Pekka Tuuri, Finland

Image credits: Pekka Tuuri

Wide Angle Category: “Blacktip Rendezvous” by Renee Capozzola, USA

Image credits: Renee Capozzola

Wide Angle Category: “Tannic water at Cenote Carwash” by Tom St George, Mexico

Image credits: Tom St George

Wide Angle Category: “Down the stream” by Wendy Timmermans, Netherlands

Image credits: Wendy Timmermans

Macro Category Winner: “Seahorse Density” by Shane Gross, Canada

Image credits: Shane Gross

Macro Category: Runner Up “Friend or Food?!” by Songda Cai, China

Image credits: Songda Cai

Macro Category: Third “The Shadow” by Kenji Cheow, Malaysia

Image credits: Kenji Cheow

Macro Category: “Ghost” by Davide Lopresti, Italy

Image credits: Davide Lopresti

Macro Category: “Pretty lady” by TianHong Wang, China

Image credits: TianHong Wang

Macro Category: “Blue fish” by Ace Wu, Taiwan

Image credits: Ace Wu

Macro Category: “Black-Saddle Snake Eel” by Marchione dott. Giacomo, Italy

Image credits: Marchione dott. Giacomo

Macro Category: “Lovers on the bridge” by Yatwaiso, Hong Kong

Image credits: Yatwaiso

Macro Category: “Blue nudibranch” by Ace Wu, Taiwan

Image credits: Ace Wu

Macro Category: “Bubble” by K.Zhang, China

Image credits: K.Zhang

Wrecks Category: Runner Up “Safe Navigation” by Gianni Pecchiar, Italy

Image credits: Gianni Pecchiar

Wrecks Category: “TRUCK-NOBIA” by Tobias Friedrich, Germany

Image credits: Tobias Friedrich

Wrecks Category: “Perfect Wheel” by Pekka Tuuri, Finland

Image credits: Pekka Tuuri

Wrecks Category: “Stuka” by Pekka Tuuri, Finland

Image credits: Pekka Tuuri

Wrecks Category: “Unusually Parked Car” by Pekka Tuuri, Finland

Image credits: Pekka Tuuri

Wrecks Category: “OCD Diver Tries To Right Shipwreck” by Susannah H. Snowden-Smith, Cayman Islands

Image credits: Susannah H. Snowden-Smith

Wrecks Category: “MV Karwela” by Marcus Blatchford, UK

Image credits: Marcus Blatchford

Wrecks Category: “Bells n Helms” by Kieran Hatton, UK

Image credits: Kieran Hatton

Wrecks Category: “BSA M20 Motorbike” by Anders Nyberg, Sweden

Image credits: Anders Nyberg

Behaviour Category: “The Fisherman” by Filippo Borghi, Italy

Image credits: Filippo Borghi

Behaviour Category: “In Hinding” by Scott Gutsy Tuason, Philippines

Image credits: Scott Gutsy Tuason

Behaviour Category: “Gannets feeding” by Greg Lecoeur, France

Image credits: Greg Lecoeur

Behaviour Category: “Nurse shark mating is no gentle affair” by Shane Gross, Canada

Image credits: Shane Gross

Behaviour Category: “The Birth” by Filippo Borghi, Italy

Image credits: Filippo Borghi

Behaviour Category: “Tiger sharks feeding on sperm whale carcass” by Chris Burville, Bermuda

Image credits: Chris Burville

Behaviour Category: “Honu Love At Dusk” by Renee Capozzola, USA

Image credits: Renee Capozzola

Behaviour Category: “Spinning Anthias” by Anders Nyberg, Sweden

Image credits: Anders Nyberg

Behaviour Category: “Hyppocampus guttulatus coupling dance” by Adriano Morettin, Italy

Image credits: Adriano Morettin

Behaviour Category: “Attack” by Mika Saareila, Finland

Image credits: Mika Saareila

Portrait Category Winner: “A sand tiger shark surrounded by tiny bait fish” by Tanya Houppermans, USA

Image credits: Tanya Houppermans

Portrait Category Runner Up: “The Nose” by Mike Korostelev, Russian Federation

Image credits: Mike Korostelev

Portrait Category: Third “Under The Wave” by Rodney Bursiel, USA

Image credits: Rodney Bursiel

Portrait Category: “A reflective green turtle hatchling” by Matt Curnock, Australia

Image credits: Matt Curnock

Portrait Category: “Pretty In Pink” by Nicholas More, UK

Image credits: Nicholas More

Portrait Category: “One of the last ones” by Robert Marc Lehmann, Germany

Image credits: Robert Marc Lehmann

Portrait Category: “Oceanic white tip shark” by Greg Lecoeur, France

Image credits: Greg Lecoeur

Portrait Category: “Imprisonment”, by André Musgrove, Bahamas

Image credits: André Musgrove

Portrait Category: “Australian Sea Lion” by Greg Lecoeur, France

Image credits: Greg Lecoeur

Portrait Category:”Jump” by Davide Lopresti, Italy

Image credits: Davide Lopresti

Black & White Category Winner: “Crocodile reflections” by Borut Furlan, Slovenia

Image credits: Borut Furlan

Black & White Category Runner Up: “Graceful manta” by Sylvie Ayer, Switzerland

Image credits: Sylvie Ayer

Black & White Category: Third “Angels of the Deep” by Santosh Shanmuga, USA

Image credits: Santosh Shanmuga

Black & White Category: “Nohoch Na Chich” by Herbert Meyrl, Germany

Image credits: Herbert Meyrl

Black & White Category: “Gravity” by Miguel Pereira, Portugal

Image credits: Miguel Pereira

Black & White Category: “The Talk” by c USA

Image credits: Rodney Bursiel

Black & White Category: “Morning Flight” by Filippo Borghi, Italy

Image credits: Filippo Borghi

Black & White Category: “BW Goby” by Anders Nyberg, Sweden

Image credits: Anders Nyberg

Black & White Category: “Hypnosis” by Wendy Timmermans, Netherlands

Image credits: Wendy Timmermans

Black & White Category: “Seal” by Sylvie Ayer, Switzerland

Image credits: Sylvie Ayer

Compact Category Winner: “Dancing with the giants” by Simone Matucci, New Zealand

Image credits: Simone Matucci

Compact Category Runner Up: “Flower power” by Jack Berthomier, New Caledonia

Image credits: Jack Berthomier

Compact Category Third: “Frogfish Illusion” by Ipah UiD, Malaysia

Image credits: Ipah UiD

Compact Category: “Night reflection of a juvenile garfish” by Jack Berthomier, New Caledonia

Image credits: Jack Berthomier

Compact Category: “At the Surface” by Stephen Holinski, Canada

Image credits: Stephen Holinsk

Compact Category: “Crop Circle”by Ipah UiD, Malaysia

Image credits: Ipah UiD

Compact Category: “Kootenay Lake” by Stephen Holinski, Canada

Image credits: Stephen Holinski

Compact Category: “Tres Amigos” by Sarah Vasend, USA

Image credits: Sarah Vasend

Compact Category: “Elvis” by Stefano Cerbai, Italy

Image credits: Stefano Cerbai

Compact Category: “Manta Frenzy” by Ali Shujau, Maldives

Image credits: “Manta Frenzy”

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