The Competition for Underwater Photographer of the Year 2024 Is Now Open

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The Competition for Underwater Photographer of the Year 2024 Is Now Open

Submissions for the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2024 competition are being accepted. The deadline is January 5, 2024.

Kat Zhou’s shot of an Amazonian dolphin named “Boto Encantado” won the previous season.

Judge Alex Mustard, the chair, stated:

“The previous edition of UPY received our biggest entry, with 546 underwater photographers submitting almost 6000 photos. That’s a huge jump from the 2500 images we received 10 years ago when this contest was re-born. The 2024 edition is the tenth UPY since this contest was relaunched, although UPY traces its roots back to 1965 when British photographer Phil Smith was named the first Underwater Photographer of the Year.”

In addition to their customary presentation of prints at the Go Diving Show in the UK, organizers are planning an exhibition featuring the winners from all ten years of the competition, a stand-alone award ceremony in central London, and exhibitions both domestically and abroad to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the modern UPY.

In addition to four categories reserved for images shot only in British waters, the competition has thirteen categories with topics including Macro, Wide Angle, Behavior, Wreck, and Conservation photography.

Every participant benefits from the contest’s unique results system, which gives photographers feedback on how far each shot has advanced in the competition.

Photographers Peter Rowlands, Tobias Friedrich, and Alex Mustard make up the judging panel, and they will meet in person to evaluate each entry submitted for UPY2024.

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