The search is on for the best underwater photographs in the world. UPY – the Underwater Photographer of the Year – The 2022 competition is open for entries today (November 1) and ends on January 4, 2022. The competition is widely regarded as the leading underwater photography competition in the world, attracting thousands of entries, with the winners being featured worldwide in mainstream media. The previous edition attracted over 500 photographers and was won by Renee Capozzola the United States.
President of the judges, Alex Mustard, said: “The previous edition of UPY created our biggest success to date. During the pandemic, the stunning photos proved so popular that an escape into the underwater world. Last year also saw our first female overall winner, Renee taking first place in the entire competition with Shark Skylight. We are already excited about what UPY 2022 will bring. For many photographers the last couple of years have brought more local diving, and it really makes for some very fresh underwater images. So we’re continuing our new My Backyard Award to celebrate images taken near you, anywhere for you. Last year it was won by Mark Kirkland of central Glasgow with While You Sleep.
UPY is an annual competition that celebrates photography below the surface of the ocean, lakes, rivers and even swimming pools. British photographer Phil Smith was the first underwater photographer of the year, nominated in 1965. Today the competition is truly international, has 13 categories, testing photographers with themes such as macro, wide-angle photography. , handling, wreckage and conservation, as well as four categories for photos taken specifically in UK waters. UPY already has over 30 prizes up for grabs for this year’s competition from top diving and travel brands, with more to be confirmed in the coming weeks. The contest incorporates a tailor-made results system, providing feedback to photographers on the progress of each image in the contest, so that each participant will benefit from their participation. The experienced jury remains underwater photographers Peter Rowlands, Martin Edge and Alex Mustard.