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Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022 Results Announced
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, February 13, 2022 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

Wide Angle category winner and Underwater Photographer of the Year: Rafael Fernandez Caballero (Spain)

UPY has announced the winners of the 2022 contest, naming Rafael Fernandez Caballero Underwater Photographer of the Year for his mind-blowing shot of five whale sharks attracted to plankton aggregating in the light from a boat. As usual, there are plenty of DPGers among the other category winners and runners-up, but it’s also wonderful to see many new names among the winners.

Congratulations to everyone who placed in the competition! Check out the category winners below and the full winners gallery here.

Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year and Most Promising British Underwater Photographer: Quico Abadal (Spain)

British Underwater Photographer of the Year: Matty Smith (Australia)

Most Promising British Underwater Photographer of the Year: Paul Pettitt (UK)

My Backyard Award and Behavior category winner: Pekka Tuuri (Finland)

“Save Our Seas Foundation” Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year: Thien Nguyen Ngoc (Vietnam)

Macro category winner: Javier Murcia (Spain)

Wrecks category winner: Alex Dawson (Sweden)

Portrait category winner: Thomas Heckmann (Germany)

Black and White category winner: Kerrie Burow (Australia)

Compact category winner: Enrico Somogyi (Germany)

British Waters Wide Angle category winner: Henley Spiers (UK)

British Waters Macro category winner: Dan Bolt (UK)

British Waters Living Together category winner: Lewis Michael Jefferies (UK)

British Waters Compact Category winner: Martin Stevens (UK)



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