Winners of Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018

The winners of the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018 competition have just been announced, and if you were fascinated by the underwater world shown to us by Blue Planet II, then this will be no different.

The competition saw over 5,000 entries from beneath the waves, with photographers all around the world coming together to compete in this prestigious award.

The overall winner this year, and named Underwater Photographer of the Year, goes to German photographer Tobias Friedrich. His image, titled “Cycle War,” shows Norton 16H motorbikes loaded in Fordson WOT 3 trucks. Soldierfish can be seen schooling above the shipwreck.

Panoramic view of the cargo deck inside the SS Thistlegorm with the motorcycles in the middle and light to lighten the trucks on the side of the cargo deck, near Sharm el Sheikh, Northern Red Sea, Egypt.

“I had had this image in mind for a few years, but it is impossible to capture in one photo, because there is not space inside the wreck to photograph this scene in a single frame,” said Friedrich. “My solution was take a series pictures and stitch them together as a panorama.”

Two other prestigious awards are up for grabs each year, and this year’s winners are shown below:

British Underwater Photographer of the Year

Grant Thomas, Glasgow, Scotland

Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year

Man BD, Malaysia

A pair of sea slugs with the gaping mouth of a moray eel in the background.

Here are the first place winners from all of the categories in this year’s contest:

Most Promising British Underwater Photographer

Tony Stephenson, East Midlands, England

Pike courtship behaviour.


Greg Lecoeur, France


Shane Gross, Canada


Filippo Borghi, Italy


Tanya Houppermans, USA

Black & White

Borut Furlan, Slovenia


Simone Matucci, New Zealand

British Waters Macro

Henley Spiers, UK

British Waters Compact

Vicky Paynter, UK

To see the rest of the awarded entries, visit the Underwater Photographer of the Year website.


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