Opening: November 1, 2019
Deadline: January 3, 2020
Entry fee: from £15 to £40
Prizes: £100, £200, $500, $750, $2,000 vouchers, valuable prizes
- Wide Angle
for wide angle images shot anywhere in the world. Wreck photos are welcome in this category. Open to all.
for close-up/macro images shot anywhere in the world. Open to all.
for wide angle to macro images shot on wrecks. The wreck can be the main subject, or simply the setting for a marine life, macro or diver photograph. Photos can be taken anywhere in the world. Open to all.
for wide angle to close-up and macro images showing interesting natural behaviour of underwater life. These images can be shot anywhere in the world. Open to all.
for wide angle to close-up and macro images depicting a sense of character of the chosen subject. These images can be shot anywhere in the world. Open to all.
- Black & White
for black and white images of any underwater subject (macro or wide angle) shot anywhere in the world. Toning and tinting is permitted. Black and white photos are eligible in all categories, but are more likely to be successful here. Open to all.
for wide angle or close-up/macro images shot anywhere in the world (including the UK) with a compact camera (includes stills from GoPro and other action cameras, does not include interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras). Open to all. Entrants to this category will only be accepted from photographers who’s ONLY underwater camera is of a ‘compact’ type.
- Up & Coming
for wide angle or close-up/macro images shot anywhere in the world (including the UK). Open only to underwater photographers who have not previously been awarded in an underwater photography competition or been published.
The aim of this category is to showcase the work of new talent.
- British Waters Wide Angle
for images shot anywhere in UK waters*. Open to all.
- British Waters Macro
for close-up/macro images shot anywhere in UK waters*. Open to all.
- British Waters ‘Living Together’
This category is sponsored by The Crown Estate. The Crown Estate play a role in managing activities on the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and wanted to create a category that showcases the co-existence of nature and human activities on the UK seabed. We are happy for photographers to interpret the Living Together theme in a broad fashion in the first year of this new category. We are looking for strong, striking images (both macro and wide angle) that show the value of natural and/or man-made habitats in British Seas, particularly offshore renewables. Open to all.
- British Waters Compact
for wide angle or close-up/macro images shot in British Waters with a compact camera (includes stills from GoPro and other action cameras, does not include interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras). Open to all. The aim of this category is to encourage more photographers to take photos in British waters and demonstrate what can be achieved with modest camera equipment. Therefore entrants to this category will only be accepted from photographers who’s ONLY underwater camera is of a ‘compact’ type.
- Agulhas House
1 x 2 divers double or twin room, 7 Nights full board, all transfers, 8 reef / wreck dives, 2 baited shark dives, cylinders, weights and nitrox, wifi
- Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort, Anilao, Philippines
7 day, 6 night in resort with 10 dive package (approx $1500 USD)
2 x $500 USD voucher for Backscatter.com
- Crystal Blue Resort, Philippines
7 Nights Full accommodation, 6 days x 3 dives (18 Guided boat dives)
- Dive into Lembeh
1 x 6 night stay with 5 days of diving ( 2 day boat dives per day ). This is full board and includes transfers and Nitrox (published price value of USD$ 1835)
3 x €400 voucher for I-Divesite products bought at Fotografit.eu
- Fourth Element
1 x £250 GBP vouchers for their online shop, 2 x £50 GBP vouchers for their online shop
- Go Aqaba
1 x 2 people, 4 days dive package for a couple, the prize includes
Daily diving with two dives a day, Nitrox 32%, Lunch, water and soft drink, Wadi Rum Excursion include one night accommodation at Rahayeb Desert Camp F.B, Petra Excursion include transfer, and lunch, Entrance fees is not included 50JD per Person
- Looking For Whales
3 x copy of Looking For Whales book by Wade & Robyn Hughes (including international postage)
- Magic Filters
1x £100GBP voucher to be spent on any Magic Filter products, 1x £75GBP voucher to be spent on any Magic Filter products, 1x £50GBP voucher to be spent on any Magic Filter products
1 x Nauticam MWL-1 lens, 1 x Nauticam SMC-1 lens, 1 x Nauticam CMC-1 lens
- Red Sea Diving
1 x 7 nights accommodation in a deluxe chalet for one person at Marsa Shagra, Marsa Nakari or Wadi Lahami, plus 5 days diving and transfers from Marsa Alam airport for one person.
- Scuba Travel
1 x £750GBP voucher, 1 x £500GBP voucher, 2 x £200GBP vouchers, 4 x £100GBP vouchers
1 x 1 person 5 night stay & 10 air dives
- Suunto UK
1 x EON Core dive computer
- The Crown Estate
1 x £500GBP Cash prize (for the Winner of the British Waters Living Together category), 1 x £300GBP Cash prize (for the Runner Up of the British Waters Living Together category), 1 x £200GBP Cash prize (for the Third place in the British Waters Living Together category)
- Thresher Shark Divers
1 x 10 Dive Package for 1 person
- November 1st 2019
Website opens for registration and entries to be submitted online
- January 3rd 2020
Closing date for all entries (midnight GMT), no other images will be accepted after this date
- January 5th & 6th 2020
Images judged by Peter Rowlands (chair, Alex Mustard and Martin Edge. All images entered into the competition will be seen by all three judges during our marathon judging process
- Mid January 2019
Winners notified, prizes chosen and high res files sent for exhibition
- End February 2019
Winners announced at GoDiving show in the UK and online – date and time to be finalised.
- £15 GBP – up to 3 images
- £30 GBP – up to 10 images
- £40 GBP – up to 20 images
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019 Winners
© Richard Barnden, United Kingdom
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
© Taeyup Kim, Korea
Up & Coming Category Winner
Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
Caretta Caretta Turtle
© Eduardo Acevedo, Spain
Marine Conservation Category Winner
Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year 2019
© Malcolm Nimmo, United Kingdom
Most Promising British Underwater Photographer 2019
Uber Wasser, Unter Wasser
© Tobias Friedrich, Germany
Underwater Photography Book Of The Year 2019
© François Baelen, Reunion Island
Wide Angle Category Winner
© Fabio Iardino, Italy
Macro Category Winner
© René B. Andersen, Denmark
Wrecks Category Winner
Fly high and smile
© Nicholas Samaras, Greece
Portrait Category Winner
Between Two Worlds
© Henley Spiers, Philippines
Black & White Category Winner
Hairy in the Sunrise
© Enrico Somogyi, Germany
Compact Category Winner
Off the Wall
© Robert Bailey, United Kingdom
British Waters Wide Angle Category Winner
Beauty in the Mud
© Arthur Kingdon, United Kingdom
British Waters Macro Category Winner
Morning Tide Mackerel
© Victoria Walker, United Kingdom
British Waters Living Together Category Winner
© Martin Edser, United Kingdom
British Waters Compact Category Winner