See the incredible winning images of the Underwater Photographer of the Year contest

A photograph of an octopus hunting in the lagoon of the tiny island of Mayotte has taken home the top prize in the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 competition.

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017.
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017. Image by Gabriel Barathieu/UPY2017

The image, shot by French diver Gabriel Barathieu, beat more than 4500 pictures entered by photographers from 67 different countries. The image, entitled ‘Dancing Octopus’, was near the small island in the Indian Ocean.

 

“I had to wait for a low spring tide when the water was just 30cm deep (one foot) so that the octopus would fill the water column. I got as close as possible with a wide angle lens to create this image, which makes the octopus look huge,” Barathieu said in a statement.

British Underwater Photographer of the Year.
British Underwater Photographer of the Year. Image by Nick Blake/UPY2017

Other awards were also given, including the British Underwater Photographer of the Year, which was awarded to Nick Blake who lives in Dublin, Ireland for a photograph taken in a freshwater sinkhole in Mexico, known as Chac Mool Cenote.

Up and coming Underwater Photographer of the Year.
Up and coming Underwater Photographer of the Year. Image by Horacio Martinez/UPY2017

Also awarded was Horacio Martinez of Argentina, who was named the Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 for his image ‘Oceanic In The Sky’ photographed in Egypt.

Most Promising British Underwater Photographer 2017.
Most Promising British Underwater Photographer 2017. Image by Nicholai Georgiou /UPY2017

Nicholai Georgiou took home the title of Most Promising British Underwater Photographer, 2017 for his image of an orca pod in northern Norway.  

 

The annual competition is designed to celebrate underwater photographs taken in the sea, lakes, rivers and even pools, with categories like macro, wide-angle, wreck photography and more.

 

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