Sunday, July 14

Winning Photographs of Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022

Winners of the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022 were announced on 10th February. Awards were given under several categories including an overall winner, the Underwater Photographer of the Year. The scope of the awards is not limited to underwater wildlife as one might guess, but many other artistic applications underwater. Scroll down to see the amazing winning photographs.

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Overall Winners

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022: ‘Dancing with the giants of the night’
Rafael Fernandez Caballero (Spain)
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Up and coming Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022: ‘Supernova in paradise’
Quico Abadal (Spain)
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022: ‘A 3.5m great white curiously approaches my lens’
Matty Smith (Australia)
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Most Promising British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022: ‘Diamonds and Rust’
Paul Pettitt (UK)

Category Winners

Wide Angle

Winner: ‘Dancing with the giants of the night’
Rafael Fernandez Caballero (Spain)
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Runner Up: ‘Sunset Ray’
Andy Schmid (Switzerland)
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Third: ‘Against All Odds’
Hannah Le Leu (Australia)

Macro

Winner: ‘Mimicry’
Javier Murcia (Spain)
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Runner Up: ‘City of Angels’
David Alpert (UK)
Third: ‘Green Fire’
Hannes Klostermann (Mexico)

Wrecks

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Winner: ‘Abandoned ship’
Alex Dawson (Sweden)
Runner Up: ‘Glassfish Synchronicity’
Catherine Holmes (UK)
Third: ‘Coral on the Kittiwake’
Karlo Macas (Croatia)

Behaviour

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Winner: ‘All You Need Is Love’
Pekka Tuuri (Finland)
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Runner Up: ‘The circle of life’
Javier Murcia (Spain)
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Third: ‘Hunting’
Damir Zurub (Croatia)

Portrait

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Winner: ‘Rapunzel on Fire’
Thomas Heckmann (Germany)
Runner Up: ‘A 3.5m great white curiously approaches my lens’
Matty Smith (Australia)
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Third: ‘Longevity Meditation’
Daniele Comin (Italy)

Black and white

Winner: ‘Sarah’s Underwater World’
Kerrie Burow (Australia)
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Runner Up: ‘Evening with sharks and birds’
Borut Furlan (Slovenia)
Third: ‘Water Dimension’
James Rokop (United States)

Compact

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Winner: ‘Peace’
Enrico Somogyi (Germany)
Runner Up: ‘Headspace’
James Rokop (United States)
Third: ‘Colors of a Quarry’
Enrico Somogyi (Germany)

Up and coming

Winner: ‘Supernova in paradise’
Quico Abadal (Spain)
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Runner Up: ‘Beauty on a red anemone skirt’
Yazid El Shaari (Oman)
Third: ‘The adventures of Captain Lisa’
Quico Abadal (Spain)

British Waters Wide Angle

Winner: ‘Gannet Storm’
Henley Spiers (UK)
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Runner Up: ‘Grayling in summer sunlight’
Paul Colley (UK)
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Third: ‘Yawn’
Henley Spiers (UK)

British Waters Macro

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Winner: ‘Best Buddies’
Dan Bolt (UK)
Runner Up: ‘Hello!’
Dan Bolt (UK)
Third: ‘Diamonds and Rust’
Paul Pettitt (UK)

British Waters Living Together

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Winner: ‘A peaceful coexistence’
Lewis Michael Jefferies (UK)
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Runner Up: ‘SS Persier’
Kirsty Andrews (UK)
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Third: ‘Snug in my pipe’
Alison Pettitt (UK)

British Waters Compact

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Winner: ‘Rock pool star’
Martin Stevens (UK)
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Runner Up: ‘Fluorescent Fireworks’
James Lynott (UK)
Third: ‘The Dragonets lair’
Tony Reed (UK)

‘Save our Seas Foundation’ Marine Conservation

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Winner: ‘Season of anchovy fishery’
Thien Nguyen Ngoc (Viet Nam)
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Runner Up: ‘Fishermen camp’
Fabrice Dudenhofer (France)
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022
Third: ‘In the net’
Pasquale Vassallo (Italy)

My Backyard

Winner: ‘All You Need Is Love’
Pekka Tuuri (Finland)
Runner Up: ‘Mimicry’
Javier Murcia (Spain)
Third: ‘Hello!’
Dan Bolt (UK)

Highly commended and commended photographs are not included here since the article would be pretty long. Visit the results page if you would love to see them also. And don’t forget to share your thoughts on these amazing works, in the comments sections below.

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