Photographers capture underwater life in amazing detail for competition

"The idea for this photo came from the need to show people that freediving is not only about going down and up on a line ...
Catalin Craciun/UPY 2017

"The idea for this photo came from the need to show people that freediving is not only about going down and up on a line but rather exploring, dreaming and applying it for having fun and to explore."

Beneath the surface of the sea, lakes, rivers and even swimming pools lies spectacular photo opportunities. 

That's what photographers from 67 countries found when they entered the annual Underwater Photographer of the Year awards.

But among the amazing shipwrecks, a stunning photograph of a hunting octopus took out the top prize.

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017: Gabriel Barathieu's “Dancing Octopus” photo was taken in the lagoon of the ...
Gabriel Barathieu/UPY 2017

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017: Gabriel Barathieu's “Dancing Octopus” photo was taken in the lagoon of the tiny island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean.

French diver Gabriel Barathieu was named the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 for his photo of a  "dancing octopus", taken in the lagoon of the tiny island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean.

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Francis Pérez spent four hours getting close to sea lions in Mexico to capture this incredible image.
Francis Pérez/UPY 2017

Francis Pérez spent four hours getting close to sea lions in Mexico to capture this incredible image.

"I had to wait for a low spring tide when the water was just 30cm deep so that the octopus would fill the water column. I got as close as possible with a wide angle lens to create this image, which makes the octopus look huge."

Other categories included British Underwater Photographer of the Year, which actually went to Irish man, Nick Blake, for his photo, Out Of The Blue, taken in a freshwater sinkhole in Mexico.

Here are a few of our favourite images from the comeptition. 

Nick Blake's award-winning image was taken in a freshwater sinkhole in Mexico, known as Chac Mool Cenote.
Nick Blake/UPY 2017

Nick Blake's award-winning image was taken in a freshwater sinkhole in Mexico, known as Chac Mool Cenote.


Argentinian Horacio Martinez was named as Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 for his image "Oceanic In The Sky" photographed in Egypt. 
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Greg Lecoeur was commended for this photo, taken in Tenerfie.
Greg Lecoeur/UPY 2017

Greg Lecoeur was commended for this photo, taken in Tenerfie.

This is the wreck of the Louilla resting on top of Gordon reef in the Straits of Tiran on the edge of the Sinai.
Csaba Tökölyi/UPY 2017

This is the wreck of the Louilla resting on top of Gordon reef in the Straits of Tiran on the edge of the Sinai.

Highly commended in the Macro category was Backlight Shrimp, taken on Bonaire Island.
Fábio Freitas/UPY 2017

Highly commended in the Macro category was Backlight Shrimp, taken on Bonaire Island.

Most Promising British Underwater Photographer, 2017 goes to Nicholai Georgiou for his image “Orca Pod” taken in the ...
Nicholai Georgiou/UPY 2017

Most Promising British Underwater Photographer, 2017 goes to Nicholai Georgiou for his image “Orca Pod” taken in the depths of winter in northern Norway.

 - Stuff

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