Winners of the 2018 Underwater Photographer of the Year competition have just been unveiled. With a total of 5,000 entries to the competition from around the whole, a panel of expert judges has crown winners in 11 different categories.

2018 Underwater Photographer of the Year Competition Winner Unveiled

Taking home the grand prize is German photographer Tobias Friedrich for his incredible portraying of an underwater wreckage of World War II inventory called Cycle War, which features motorcycles, supply trucks, and armies of soldierfish swarming around the wreckage.

On winning, Friedrich said; “For a few years now I had had this image in mind as the motorcycles on this truck inside the Thistlegorm lie so perfectly together, but you can only barely capture it […] As a result I had to create a panoramic image of the same scene to capture the whole cargo deck.”

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British Underwater Photographer of the Year went to Grant Thomas for his image of two swans feeding in Loch Lomand called Love Birds; “I waded slowly into the shallow water, allowing the swans to become comfortable with my presence. When they began searching for food below the water line I just had to wait for that perfect moment of synchronicity.”

In the ‘Macro’ category, the overall Winner was Shane Gross’ Seahorse Density, while the Runner-Up was taken by Songda Cai for Friend or Food?!, which shows a conger eel making eye contact with its prey before striking.

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Our favourite images, however, come from the ‘Wide Angle’ category with Greg Lecoeur’s Humpback whale spy hopping taking home first prize. Taken in Tonga, Lecoeur’s image shows a Humpback whale ‘spy hopping’ with incredible agility, holding itself vertically in the water.

Check out all the winners over at the Underwater Photography of the Year Website.

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Last week, the winners for the 2017 International Landscape Photographer of the Year awards were announced.

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