In line with the UK tradition of hosting prestigious wildlife and underwater photography competitions, three brilliant underwater photographers and writers Alexander Mustard, Peter Rowlands and Martin Edge launched in 2015 UPYLondon, an international competition consisting of 8 categories, exclusively dedicated to underwater photography. The international press picked up on the results; now being published to a huge audience around the world.

Just recently, UPYLondon announced the 2016 winners of the Awards of the “Underwater photographer of the Year” and the winners of the different categories and prizes added this year.

The Award for “Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016” goes to a young and talented Italian photographer, Davide Lopresti, who won for his extraordinary, majestic image of a seahorse, aptly titled ‘Gold’ (see above).

The British photographer Dan Bolt won the prize for “British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016” for his beautiful photograph of a juvenile shark in its egg-case ‘Catshark Supernova’, the fragility and delicacy of new life stunningly captured.

Catshark Supernova by Dan Bolt UK

Among the other awards, the prize for “Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016” was offered to South African, Pier Mane.


And British photographer Marty Engels Dunmore was awarded “Most Promising British Underwater Photographer 2016”.


To see all 80 winning images from the 2016 Underwater Photographer of the Year awards, click here.