Dive into the stunning winning photos of 2019 Underwater Photographer of the Year

Feb 27, 2019

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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.

Dive into the stunning winning photos of 2019 Underwater Photographer of the Year

Feb 27, 2019

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 has announced the winners of the 2019 competition. Just like last year, it’s a stunning selection of images, chosen from over 5000 entries from 65 countries all over the world. We bring you the winning images in all categories, so let’s dive in!

The overall winner of the 2019 contest is British photographer Richard Barnden. His image titled The Gauntlet shows the exact moment a pack of grey reef sharks catch and devour a parrotfish. The photo was taken underwater, late at night on the reefs of French Polynesia in the center of the Pacific Ocean. Barnden explains the story behind his image:

“As I descended, hundreds of sharks covered the bottom. This unlucky parrotfish flinched, and that tiny movement alerted the swarm of sharks. The mayhem hurtled straight towards me and I instinctively pressed the shutter, moments later all that remained was a rain of parrotfish scales in the darkness, and this photo on my camera.”

©Richard Barnden (UK)/UPY2019 (also the winner of Behavior category)

Underwater Photographer of the Year is an annual competition based in the UK. The first underwater Photographer of the Year was named in 1965, and it was British photographer Phil Smith. Today, the competition has thirteen categories and receives thousands of entries from all over the globe. These are the categories:

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

Spanish photographer, Eduardo Acevedo from Tenerife, was named Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year 2019 for his photo showing a loggerhead turtle entangled in a discarded plastic fishing net.

© Eduardo Acevedo (Spain)/UPY2019

The Underwater Photographer of the Year competition also aims to promote new photographic talent with the Up & Coming category. Korean photographer Taeyup Kim was named Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019. His winning photo, Paradise, shows healthy corals growing in front of a resort in French Polynesia.

© Taeyup Kim (Korea)/UPY2019

The title of Most Promising British Underwater Photographer, 2019 goes to Malcolm Nimmo from Plymouth in England. His image Marine Compass was taken while snorkeling in the Scilly Islands, UK.

Here are the remaining category winners of the 2019 Underwater Photographer of the Year:

Wide angle: © François Baelen (Réunion)/UPY2019
Macro: © Fabio Iardino (Italy)/UPY2019
Wrecks: © René B. Andersen (Denmark)/UPY2019
Portrait: © Nicholas Samaras (Greece)/UPY2019
Black and White: © Henley Spiers (Philippines)/UPY2019
Compact: © Enrico Somogyi (Germany)/UPY2019
British Waters Wide Angle: © Robert Bailey (UK)/UPY2019
British Waters Macro: © Arthur Kingdon (UK)/UPY2019
British Waters Living Together: © Victoria Walker (UK)/UPY2019
British Waters Compact: © Martin Edser (UK)/UPY2019

If you’d like to check out all the winning images of the 2019 contest, check out the Underwater Photographer of the Year’s website. The photos, along with the back-stories and judges’ comments, are also available in The Underwater Photographer of the Year Yearbook, which you can download via this link.

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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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