Friday, March 24

Winners of the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023

The Underwater Photographer of the Year competition (UPY) is an annual international photography competition dedicated to showcasing the best underwater photography from around the world. The competition was founded in 2015 by a group of experienced underwater photographers who recognized the need for a high-profile platform to celebrate the beauty and diversity of marine life.

The winning images are displayed in a public exhibition in the UK and featured in a stunning coffee table book. The UPY competition is not only a celebration of the art of underwater photography but also an important platform for promoting awareness of the fragility and importance of the marine environment. The winners of the competition have been announced recently and the winning photographs are breathtaking.

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OVERALL WINNER / UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2023

Kat Zhou (United States)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
Boto encantado

BRITISH UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2023

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
The swarm

MOST PROMISING BRITISH UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2023

An island’s wild seas

‘SAVE OUR SEAS FOUNDATION’ MARINE CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2023

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
Hopeless

MARELUX WIDE ANGLE

Winner – J. Gregory Sherman (United States)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
Fade

Runner Up – Andy Schmid (Switzerland)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023

Third – Rafael Fernandez Caballero (Spain)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
Sky full of rays

MARELUX MACRO

Winner – Shane Gross (Canada)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
Unsung

Runner Up – Sage Ono ( United States)

New life

Third – Kat Zhou (United States)

Relentless gaze

WRECKS

Winner – Brett Eldridge (United States)

Engine with a saddle

Runner Up – Nicolai Posininsky (Germany)

Salem feeling

Third – René B. Andersen (Denmark)

Mahusan wreck

BEHAVIOUR

Winner – Yury Ivanov (Indonesia)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
Make love not war

Runner Up – Wojciech Dopierala (Poland)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
Double whale time

Third – Bryant Turffs (United States)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
Chew with your mouth closed

PORTRAIT

Winner – Suliman Alatiqi (Kuwait)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
The trunk

Runner Up – Rafael Fernandez Caballero (Spain)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
Curiosity among icebergs

Third – Thomas Heckmann (Germany)

Marilyn bubble 2.0

BLACK & WHITE

Winner – Don Silcock (Australia)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
El Blanco – The White One

Runner Up – Victor Huertas (Australia)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
Jaws reborn

Third – FABRICE GUÉRIN (France)

The cloud

COMPACT

Winner – Enrico Somogyi (Germany)

Klunzinger’s wrasse in motion

Runner Up – Takeshi Iioka (Japan)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
Welcome

Third – James Rokop (United States)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
Water ballet

UP & COMING

Winner – Kat Zhou (United States)

Boto encantado

Runner Up – Ollie Clarke (Australia)

The swarm

Third – Barney Smith (United Kingdom)

Quintuple exposure

BRITISH WATERS WIDE ANGLE

Winner – Theo Vickers (United Kingdom)

An island’s wild seas

Runner Up – MNimmo (United Kingdom)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
Scillonian reflections

Third – Nicholas More (United Kingdom)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
Oily blue

BRITISH WATERS MACRO

Winner – Kirsty Andrews (United Kingdom)

Egg eaters

Runner Up – MNimmo (United Kingdom)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
Sanctuary

Third – Ryan Stalker (United Kingdom)

Companion

BRITISH WATERS LIVING TOGETHER

Winner – Dan Bolt (United Kingdom)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
Pipe reef

Runner Up – Lukasz Jan Kowalski (United Kingdom)

Wandering mermaid

Third – Henley Spiers (United Kingdom)

Mussel lines

BRITISH WATERS COMPACT

Winner – Tony Reed (United Kingdom)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
Crack rock blenny

Runner Up – James Lynott (United Kingdom)

Autumn above and below

Third – Tony Reed (United Kingdom)

Beauty in the blow hole

SAVE OUR SEAS FOUNDATION MARINE CONSERVATION

Winner – Alvaro Herrero (Mekan) (Spain)

Hopeless

Runner Up – David Alpert (United Kingdom)

Million dollar fish

Third – Celia Kujala (United States)

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023
Unfortunate piercing

Visit the results gallery of their website to see other highly commended photographs. And don’t forget to share your thoughts on these stunning photographs.

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