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10 Stunning Images From The Underwater Photographer Of The Year 2016 Competition

10 Stunning Images From The Underwater Photographer Of The Year 2016 Competition - The results of the 2016 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest have been announced and the winning entries are simply captivating.

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©UPY/Davide Lopresti


All of the amazing images featured here are winners in this year's Underwater Photographer of the Year contest where Italian Davide Lopresti beat entrants from 54 different countries to be named Underwater Photographer of the Year for his image 'Gold'.

'Gold' is an artistic portrait of a spiny seahorse taken in Trieste, Italy and it combines panning and a long exposure, which create painterly textures from the seabed. Davide then used a flash-restricted to a spotlight to pick out the details of the seahorse. 

"It is beautiful and creative, a very worthy overall winner," commented chair of the judging panel, underwater photographer and marine biologist Dr Alexander Mustard. 


Catshark Supernova

©UPY/Dan Bolt 


The title of British Underwater Photographer of the Year was awarded to Dan Bolt from Devon for his photo 'Catshark Supernova'. The image was captured close to Thurlstone Bay in a reef system where small spotted catshark are known to favour. 

 "The (spotted catshark) eggs are known as mermaid’s purses. I carefully positioned my strobe behind the egg to reveal its hidden beauty," explained Dan Bolt.

The title of Most Promising British Underwater Photographer, 2016, was awarded to Marty Engels Dunmore from Suffolk for her image 'Fired Up' taken on the Kittiwake wreck in Grand Cayman while Pier Mane from South Africa was named as Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year for his image 'Three Pillars' photographed in the Bahamas.



©UPY/Marty Engels Dunmore



©UPY/Pier Mane 


"Pier deserves particular praise in producing such a powerful composition, when most of us would have our eyes and lenses fixed only on the sharks,"  said Dr Alexander Mustard.

In addition to these four special awards, the competition was divided into 8 categories, testing photographers’ skills in macro, wide angle, wrecks and behaviour. There were also categories just for photos taken in UK waters. The full results can be seen on the UPY London website



©UPY/Greg Lecoeur



©UPY/Helen Brierley


Harlequin shrimp

©UPY/Matteo Vvisconti


SS Thistlegorm

©UPY/Anders Nyberg



©UPY/Alejandro Prieto


The Majestic Purple Dame

©UPY/Pier Mane

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