The winning images from underwater photographer of the year 2016

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The winning photos have just been announced for the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016 contest. The grand prize was awarded to Italian photographer Davide Lopresti for his image “Gold,” a portrait of a spiny seahorse.

“Over the years the Mediterranean’s population of seahorses has drastically reduced,” writes Lopresti. “Their numbers have only recovered thanks to public awareness and a significant restocking campaign.”

“Areas of the sea have now been set aside, protected from harmful fishing methods, like trawling. This has allowed vulnerable and delicate creatures, like sea horses, to return. This is what I hoped to celebrate with this image.”

For his prize-winning shot, he used a long exposure and camera panning to add some blur to the portrait. The seahorse was frozen with a beam of light from his strobe. “My aim was to give the scene a sense of grace and strength simultaneously,” he says.

Entries were received from 54 different countries around the world this year. Here are some of the other photos that were honored:

 

British Underwater Photographer of the Year (Winner)

"Catshark Supernova." Dan Bolt/UPY 2016
“Catshark Supernova.” Dan Bolt/UPY 2016

 

International Wide Angle (Winner)

"Underwater fisherman." Mike Korostelev/UPY 2016
“Underwater fisherman.” Mike Korostelev/UPY 2016

 

Wide Angle (Highly Commended)

"Beach Guardians". Alejandro Prieto/UPA 2016
“Beach Guardians”. Alejandro Prieto/UPY 2016

 

Wide Angle (Highly Commended)

"Pilot Whales." Greg Lecoeur/UPY 2016
“Pilot Whales.” Greg Lecoeur/UPY 2016

 

Wide Angle (Commended)

"Icebreaker." Tobias Friedrich/UPY 2016
“Icebreaker.” Tobias Friedrich/UPY 2016

 

International Wrecks (Winner)

"A Family Affair." Thomas Heckmann/UPY 2016
“A Family Affair.” Thomas Heckmann/UPY 2016

 

See more at the original source post on petapixel.com

You can find a complete gallery of winning photos from this year’s contest on the UPY website.

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