Winners of the 2018 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest
Organizers of the Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest have just announced the winning photographers and images for 2018, with German photographer Tobias Friedrich being named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018. More than 5,000 images were submitted this year by photographers from around the world. Prizes and commendations were handed out in a number of categories including Wide Angle, Macro, Wrecks, Behavior, Portrait, Black & White, Compact, Up & Coming, and, in British waters, Wide Angle, Compact, and Macro shots. UPY was once again kind enough to share some of this year’s honorees with us below, with captions written by the photographers.
Tannic Water at Cenote Carwash. Commended, Wide Angle. “Maybe once a year, due to prolonged and heavy rainfall, the water at Cenote Carwash can become very tannic, meaning the water is stained a reddish brown by the tannins from decaying [leaves] and other organic matter in the run-off from the jungle. As soon as we dropped down through the water, it was clear that things were very different from a usual dive at Cenote Carwash. It was extremely dark due to the tannic water filtering out a lot of the light (hence the high ISO). The light coming through the water was very red and a bit like diving on Mars! I knew immediately that I wanted to take the classic ‘Cenote Car Wash entrance’ shot, but with this very different background with the intense shades of red.” Photographed in Cenote Carwash, Mexico.