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Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018, the magic of the marine world in the winning photos

The underwater world bustles with colours and life. The winning pictures of the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018 take us into a magic, submerged reality.

The underwater world is a treasure chest of life, colours and biodiversity that is yet still partly unknown, in a way that its abysses appear as an obscure and difficult-to-imagine reality. This is why the most beautiful underwater photos are awarded every year by the Underwater Photographer of the Year contest in order to celebrate the world’s fascinating depths. The photo contest was established in the UK in 1965 and is divided into eight international categories and three dedicated to British waters. It aims to celebrate underwater photography thanks to thousands of images sent from all over the world.

The winning pictures of the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018

Underwater photographer of the year 2018, who won the title

A panorama photograph of a World War II shipwreck surrounded by schools of soldierfish in the Red Sea has led German photographer Tobias Friedrich to win this year’s Underwater Photographer of the Year title. With his shot, named Cycle war, Friedrich stood out among over 5,000 photos from 63 countries for his “artistic skill to visualise such an image and the photographic talent to achieve it,” has commented chair judge Peter Rowlands.

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018
Winner. Cicle War © Tobias Friedrich/Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018

The jury chooses the best photos of underwater realities, from oceans and seas depths to lakes or even pools. Most of the images portray the most varied animal species in their natural habitat, giving life to a photo gallery that makes us discover new environments, unexpected creatures and behaviours.

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