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.
“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
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
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.