The Underwater Photographer of the Year awards winners has been announced, with breathtaking images of mostly hidden worlds.
This year saw a record-breaking 5,500 entries from 500 photographers. The diverse entrants included photos taken in the polar oceans to swimming pools.
Each photographer received points for a photo that placed in the top 10 of each category. Then according to a hierarchy of winners, each chose their prize from the pool.
Prizes in the pool include expert underwater camera equipment, cash prizes, travel vouchers and wetsuits.
The competition judged photographs in twelve main categories: Wide angle, macro, wrecks, behaviour, portrait, black&white, compact, up&coming, British waters wide-angle, British waters macro, British waters ‘living together’ and British waters compact.
There were two additional categories, Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year and Underwater Photography Book of the Year. Have a look at the impressive winners:
Underwater Photographer of the Year and Wide Angle winner
Up and coming Underwater Photographer of the Year
British Underwater Photographer of the Year
Most Promising British Underwater Photographer of the Year
Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year
Underwater Photography Book of the Year
Black & White Winner
British Wide Angle Winner
British Waters Living Together Winner
British Waters Compact Winner