Wet & Great: Underwater Photographer of the Year, 2019

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
Judged the International Photographer of the Year in the 2019 competition, photographer Richard Barnden caaptured the last moments of a parrotfish – and a  clutch of frenzied sharks that zoomed right past him – in “The Gauntlet.”

WINNERS FOR THE UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR’S 2019 COMPETITION have been announced and as usual, the results are stunning.

Drawing entries from around the world, the United- Kingdom-based group judges photos in eight categories – Wide-Angle, Macro, Portrait, Compact, Behavior, Black & White and Up and Coming – plus three British Waters categories, Wide Angle, Macro and Compact.

Here are several samples from this year’s winners.

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
Fabio Iardino’s “Fast cuttlefish” was the 2019 macro winner.
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
François Baelen’s “Gentle Giants” was the winner in the wide-angle category.


You can view the all the winning images, plus a list of more than two dozen sponsors, at the Underwater Photographer of the Year website. Click on the “full results list” link to access a slide show of all winning images in one album. Or scroll down to 2019 Winners Gallery to access photos individually along with details about the photos and photographers.