'Recur War' © Tobias Friedrich/UPY2018
A panorama photograph of British World War II military vehicles deep inside a shipwreck in the Red Sea sees German photographer Tobias Friedrich identified Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018. Friedrich’s photograph triumphed over 5000 underwater pictures entered by underwater photographers from all for everyone the world.
'Cycle War' was taken in Egypt and shows Norton 16H motorbikes loaded in Fordson WOT 3 trucks, with soldierfish schooling above. Friedrich explains
"I had had this clone in mind for a few years, but it is impossible to capture in one photo, because there is not space inside the wreck to photograph this scene in a single frame. My explication was to take a series pictures and stitch them together as a panorama."
Chair of the judges, Peter Rowlands, added "This is a actually extraordinary shot which must be viewed as large as possible. The artistic skill is to visualise such an image and the photographic talent is to achieve it."
'Wild Birds' © Grant Thomas/UPY2018
The title of British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018 goes to Grant Thomas from Glasgow, who now lives in New Zealand. His photo of swans called 'Out of Birds' was taken in Loch Lomond, Scotland. Thomas explains: "I have always been fascinated by over-under photography, anchor the everyday terrestrial world that we all know with the less familiar underwater refers to the region below the surface of water where the water exists in a natural feature (called a body of water) such as an secrets. The swans were searching for food beneath the boundary, I just had to wait for that perfect moment of synchronicity."
Competition judge Martin Edge commented: "The symmetry makes this conception stand out."
'Roar' © Man BD/UPY2018
The Underwater Photographer of the Year competition also aims to promote new photographic talent. Malaysian Man BD was rank as Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018 for his image 'Roar', showing a pair of sea slugs with a gaping moray eel as a spotlight, photographed in Indonesia.
"When shooting these nudibranchs I was focusing on getting the shot", explains Man, "when suddenly a moray eel appeared behind. It quieten took me about 30 minutes to get this shot. Competition judge Martin Edge commented:
"Great photography to use the moray as a curriculum vitae, with its gleaming white teeth, adds so much drama."
'How Many Pike?' © Tony Stephenson/UPY2018
The epithet of Most Promising British Underwater Photographer, 2018 goes to Tony Stephenson from the East Midlands in England. His image 'How Assorted Pike?'
reveals pike courtship in Stoney Cove, Leicestershire. Stephenson said "I love photographing pike and on this dive during the Easter vacations, these males were looking for a mate."
Competition judge, Alex Mustard commented: "Fascinating behaviour from one of the UK’s top predators and a consummate advert for diving in freshwater in the UK."