The Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest have just announced the winning photographers and images for 2018, with German photographer Tobias Friedrich being named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018. With more than 5,000 images submitted this year by photographers all around the world, the judges had a tough choice picking the best ones. Here’s some of our favourites…

UUUULove Birds. Photographer Grant Thomas was named British Underwater Photographer of the Year, and this photo won in the British Waters Wide Angle category. Photographed at Luss Pier, Loch Lomond, Scotland.

UUUUUUUUFresh Otter at Sea. Photographer Greg Lecoeur and Richard Shucksmith. Third Place, British Waters Wide Angle. Photographed near Shetland, Scotland.

UUU1Cenote Nariz. Herbert Meyrl. Highly Commended, Wide Angle. Photographed in Cenote Nariz, Yucatan, Mexico.

UUUU11Oceanic White Tip Shark. Greg Lecoeur. Highly Commended, Portrait.

Snorklers Enter the SeaSunset Snorkel. Third Place, Wide Angle. Photographer Brook Peterson. Photographed at Ras Um Sid, Red Sea, Egypt

Basking shark feedingBasking Shark Feeding. Commended, British Waters Wide Angle. Photographer Will Clark. Photographed off the Isle of Coll, Scotland.

UUUU2Humpback Whale Spy Hopping. Photographer Greg Lecoeur. Wide angle category Winner. 

UUUU21A Sand Tiger Shark Surrounded by Tiny Bait Fish. Photographer Tanya Houppermans. Wreck of Caribsea, North Carolina. 

UUUU212Under The Wave by Rodney Bursiel, United States 

UUU221The Fisherman. Winner of Behaviour Category. Photographed by Fillippo Borghi. Japan’s Izu Peninsula. 

UUUUU3333This panoramic photograph of British World War II military vehicles deep inside a shipwreck in the Red Sea saw German Photographer Tobias Friedrick named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018.

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