2020 Underwater Photographer of the Year winners will take you to the incredible worlds below the water surface

Feb 25, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

2020 Underwater Photographer of the Year winners will take you to the incredible worlds below the water surface

Feb 25, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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The Underwater Photographer of the Year contest never fails to bring us some breathtaking images from below the water surface. The 2020 winners have just been announced, and as always, they’re absolutely gorgeous. We bring you more details and this year’s category winners below, so – let’s dive in!

This contest has been around for the impressive 55 years. The first Underwater Photographer of the Year was named way back in 1965, and it was British photographer Phil Smith. This year, the competition received over 5,500 entries from 70 countries, across thirteen categories:

  1. Wide Angle
  2. Macro
  3. Wrecks
  4. Behaviour
  5. Portrait
  6. Black & White
  7. Compact
  8. Up & Coming
  9. British Waters Wide Angle
  10. British Waters Macro
  11. British Waters Compact
  12. British Waters Living Together
  13. Marine Conservation

French photographer Greg Lecoeur was named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2020 for his photo “Frozen Mobile Home.” He’s also the category winner of the Wide Angle category. In order to shoot his photo, Lecouer traveled to Antarctica on a small yacht, enabling him to document the wildlife on icebergs as they drift at the whim of polar currents.  The photographer explains:

“Little is known about how wildlife thrives around these mobile homes. Icebergs fertilize the oceans by carrying nutrients from land that spark blooms of marine life and also provide homes for larger animals, like these crabeater seals.”

© Greg Lecoeur (France)/UPY2020; Wide Angle Winner and Underwater Photographer of the Year 2020

Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year 2020 is Pasquale Vassallo from Italy for his moving image “Last Dawn, Last Gasp.” Anita Kainrath from Austria was named as Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year 2020. As for British photographers, Nick More from Devon was named British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2020, whereas the title of Most Promising British Underwater Photographer 2020 goes to Nur Tucker from Wimbledon, London.

© Pasquale Vassallo (Italy)/UPY 2020, Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year 2020
© Anita Kainrath (Austria)/UPY 2020, Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year 2020
© Nick More (UK)/UPY 2020, British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2020
© Nur Tucker (UK)/UPY 2020, Most Promising British Underwater Photographer 2020

Take a look at the rest of the category winners below. You can check out the full winners’ gallery on UPY’s website. There’s also a wonderful Yearbook which brings together the 125 winning images from the 2020 competition, and it’s available for download.

© Hannes Klostermann (Germany)/UPY 2020, Macro category winner
© Tobias Friedrich (Germany)/UPY 2020, Wrecks category winner
© Pasquale Vassallo (Italy)/UPY 2020, Behaviour category winner
© Lilian Koh (Singapore)/UPY 2020, Portrait category winner
© Mok Wai Hoe (Singapore)/UPY 2020, Black & White category winner
© MANBD (Malaysia)/UPY 2020, Compact category winner
© Arthur Kingdon (UK)/UPY 2020, British Waters Wide Angle category winner
© Laura Storm (UK)/UPY 2020, British Waters Macro category winner
© Dan Bolt (UK)/UPY 2020, British Waters Living Together category winner
© Colin Garrett (UK)/UPY 2020, British Waters Compact category winner

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Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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    Matt Wesley

    Gug Underwater is my favorite underwater photographer!!!