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The winners of the competition Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019

The Underwater Photographer of the Year competition has collected thousands of works from dozens of countries for the fourth year in a row. “Though we are a special niche in the world of photography, underwater photography is very diverse,” the jury chairman said.

“I hope you are as impressed with the work of the winners as the judges of this competition: Martin Edge, Peter Rowlands and me. “Underwater Photographer – 2019” (UPY-2019) attracted more participants than ever before. Competition entries were received from 65 countries. The competition was even tougher. But no matter how much I love the winners of special awards, the most valuable for me is the competitive collection as a whole, because it demonstrates the art of underwater photography from various sides. Please enjoy every job, ”wrote Alex Mustard, chairman of the jury of Underwater Photographer of the Year .
More than five thousand photographs from around the world were submitted to judges. Contestants demonstrated their skills in the categories of “Macro”, “Wide Angle”, “Fragments”, “Behavior”, “Portrait”, “Black and White Photo”.

Underwater photographer in 2019 named Richard Barnden. Victory brought him a photo called “Call”.


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Underwater photographer of the year, Richard Barnden (UK). “Call”.

“When the sun sets on the South Pass of Fakarava Island, about 700 sharks patrolling the mouth of the canal begin their hunt. Descending into the darkness, I feel my heart beating faster and faster. Hundreds of sharks cover the bottom. This hapless parrotfish swam in coral thickets, seeking refuge, and swarms of sharks followed her hot on the heels. ” (Richard Barnden)


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Winner in the Wide Angle category. “Gentle giants.” Author photo: Francois Baelen (France).

“Gentle giants Francois Baelen, taken off the island of Reunion. At the very end of the day, this humpback whale rested at a depth of 15 meters. I invited him to take part in the shooting. He did not force himself to beg: he was very curious. From below the scene looked unreal, and I am glad that this moment was captured in the photo. Humpback whales are amazing and peaceful animals, and I still can not believe that humanity still hunts them. ” (Francois Baelen)


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2nd place in the category of “wide angle”. “Crabber”. Author photo: Jessica Farrer (USA).

A curious crabeater seal shot in the Gulf of Plino (Antarctic Peninsula) was photographed on a snowy day when a group of eight of its brethren dived near icebergs. “They splashed and circled around us. It was one of the most memorable days of dealing with seals. ” (Jessica Farrer, biologist)


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Winner in the Macro category. “Fast cuttlefish.” Author photo: Fabio Yardino (Italy).

“In the first three months of the year, I often go to the Gulf of Trieste in northeastern Italy, where I make night dives to photograph small cuttlefish. The method of moving these sea creatures made me think of taking a panoramic picture and capturing the effect of movement to give dynamism to the image. Using the slow flash sync technique, I managed to make this shot. ” (Flavio Yardino)


The life of the sea depths in the works of the winners of the contest “Underwater Photographer of the Year - 2019” 42nd place in the category of “Macro.” “Inside the egg.” Author photo: Flavio Waylati (Italy).

“To take this picture, I went to the Philippines and photographed these creatures. I had to wait for this being to be in the position that I imagined. ” (Flavio Wailati)


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3rd place in the category of “Macro.” “Tiger Wave”. Author photo: Henley Spears (Philippines).

The head of a big tiger fish with open mouth overwhelmed the blue wave. The male of this fish is responsible for the protection of caviar until it is ready for the appearance of fry. “I spent three dives, gradually gaining confidence so that the male would allow me to capture it in close-up.” (Henley Spears)


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Winner in the wreckage category. “Big guns”. Author photo: Rene Andersen (Denmark).

His Majesty’s Ship Odyses (Audacious HMS) was a dreadnought-type battleship that hit a mine and sank in 1914 off the coast of Ireland. I used a tripod and 3 large blue video flashlights to illuminate the tower with stately 13.5-inch cannons. ” (Rene Andersen)


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2nd place in the category of “wreck”. The wreckage of the sunken ship Chrysula Kay, Egypt.  Author photo: Tobias Friedrich (Germany).

“Because the nose of the sunken ship of Hrisul Kay in the Red Sea is too big to fit in one picture, my idea was to create panoramic photos from several frames and combine them into one big panorama to get a good overview piles of wreckage from this point of view. ” (Tobias Friedrich)


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2nd place in the category “Behavior”. “Chase”.  Author photo: Scott Portelli (Australia).

Scott Portelli’s “chase” is an incredible encounter with wildlife when several whales compete for a female. The chase can last for several hours or even days. “This is truly heartbreaking and adrenaline action.” (Scott Portelli)


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3rd place in the category “Behavior”. “On the top”. Author photo: Liang Fu (China).

“The photo was taken in Lemba (Indonesia). Snake eel with gorgeous shrimp hanging on it. My goal is to use a strong shadow to enhance the interactive behavior of snake eel and shrimp. Therefore, I shot vertically so that the object filled the frame. ” (Liang Fu)


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Winner in the “Portrait” category. “Fly and smile.” Author photo: Nicholas Samaras (Greece).

“I visited Stratoni (Chalkidiki peninsula, northern Greece) three times in August 2018, doing a project related to shooting seahorses. And suddenly this happy ray appeared. I managed to swim with him and take a picture of him. ” (Nicholas Samaras)


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2nd place in the “Portrait” category. Godzilla.  Author photo: Bruce Sudviks (USA).


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Winner in the Black and White category. “Between two worlds.” Author photo: Henley Spears.


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2nd place in the category “Black and White”. Author photo: Ken Kiefer (USA).


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Winner in the “Compact” category. Photographed near the island of Ambon, Indonesia. Author photo: Enrico Somogi.


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2nd place in the “Compact” category. Author photo: Man BD (Malaysia).


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Winner in the “Promising” category. “Paradise”. Author photo: Tayip Kim (Korea).


The life of the sea depths in the works of the winners of the contest “Underwater Photographer of the Year - 2019” 182nd place in the category “Promising”. Author photo: Matej Bergok (Slovenia).


The life of the sea depths in the works of the winners of the contest “Underwater Photographer of the Year - 2019” 19Winner in the British waters wide angle category. Author photo: Robert Bailey (UK).


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2nd place in the “British waters, wide angle” category. Author photo: Jack Perks (UK).


The life of the sea depths in the works of the winners of the contest “Underwater Photographer of the Year - 2019” 21The winner in the category “British waters, macro.” Author photo: Arthur Kingdon (UK).


The life of the sea depths in the works of the winners of the contest “Underwater Photographer of the Year - 2019” 222nd place in the category “British waters, macro.” Author photo: Paul Pettitt (UK).


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Winner in the “British waters living together” category. Author photo: Victoria Walker (UK).


The life of the sea depths in the works of the winners of the contest “Underwater Photographer of the Year - 2019” 242nd place in the category “British waters living together.” Author photo: Arthur Kingdon (UK) .


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Winner in the “British waters compact” category. “Rest time?”  Author photo: Martin Edser (UK).


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2nd place in the “British waters compact” category. Author photo: Michael Wade (UK).


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The winner in the category “Protection of the Seas.” Author photo: Eduardo Acevedo (Spain).


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2nd place in the category “Protection of the Seas.” Author photo: João Rodriguez (Portugal).


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3rd place in the category “Protection of the Seas.” “A silent killer”. Author photo: Noam Kortler (Israel).


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Category “Wide Angle”. Author photo: Mike Korostelev (Russia).


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