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Take a look at the incredible winners of Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022

From technicolour fish to dramatic shipwrecks, these are some of the finest ocean snaps of the year

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson

Flickering against the wine-red backdrop, this technicolour fish looks a bit like a flame – albeit one with tiger stripes and jewels for eyes. The photo, taken by Yazid Shaari from Oman, was among the winners at this year’s Underwater Photographer of the Year awards. The competition has been running since 1965, and supports both new talent and established photographers. 

From cheerful seals – clearly thrilled to be caught on camera – to dramatic shipwrecks, the competition offers a vibrant, exhilarating peep at life under water. You can check out the full list of winners on the awards website, but in the meantime, here are a few of our faves:

Wide angle category: Andy Schmid

A manta ray and fish swim through the ocean
Photograph: Andy Schmid / UPY2022

Macro category: Hannes Klostermann

Photograph: Hannes Klostermann / UPY2022

Wrecks category: Karlo Macas

Photograph: Karlo Macas / UPY2022

Behaviour category: Francisco Javier Murcia Requena

On an Adventure
Photograph: Francisco Javier Murcia Requena / UPY2022

Black and white category: Borut Furlan

Photograph: Borut Furlan / UPY2022

Portrait category: Matthew Smith

Photograph: Matthew Smith / UPY2022

British waters wide angle category: Henley Spiers

Under the sea
Photograph: Henley Spiers / UPY2022

British waters macro category: Paul Pettitt

Photograph: Paul Pettitt / UPY2022

Looking for more epic photography? This majestic elephant is among the winning snaps at the Sony World Photography Awards 2022.

Plus: check out these aerial shots from the Drone Photo Awards.

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