The Underwater Photographer of the Year 2020 Yearbook

All the 2020 winning images, all the back-stories, all the judges comments, alltogether in one stunning publication

Click here to download the 2020 Yearbook (30Mb pdf document)

Highly Commended – Wide angle
‘Underwater Fashion’
Wayne Lai (China)
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Highly Commended – Portraits
‘Bargi Hope’
David Alpert (United Kingdom)
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Winner – Portraits
‘Butterfly Effect’
Lilian Koh (Singapore)
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Third – British Waters Wide Angle
‘Fireworks anemone sunburst’
Trevor Rees (United Kingdom)
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Highly Commended – Macro
‘Lemons’
Mika Saareila (Finland)
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In conjunction with Underwater Photography Magazine the UPY team have once again produced this stunning Yearbook which brings together the 125 winning images from the 2020 competition.
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The Yearbook is a free to download PDF document
more at Underwater Photographer of the Year

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Images to lift your spirits

Every Friday the team at the World Photography Organisation will be showcasing images to help uplift, entertain and – most importantly – inspire you to keep taking pictures. The next few months are going to be an uncertain and unsettling time for all of us, so we hope these feelgood Friday image round-ups will take the edge off, even if it’s just a little bit. For our first post, we’ve delved into the archives to share our favourite images recognised in the last three years of the Sony World Photography Awards.

Trung Pham Huy, Viet Nam, Shortlist, Open competition, Travel, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
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Yonathan Kellerman, Canada, Shortlist, Open competition, Motion , 2018 Sony World Photography Awards
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Tobias Friedrich, Germany, Shortlist, Professional competition, Natural World & Wildlife, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
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Mauro Battistelli, Italy, Shortlist, Professional competition, Landscape , 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
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from: “That Friday feeling: nine spectacular images to lift your spirits”
more at World Photography Organisation

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Can You See the Jaguar Hiding in the Tree?

Ron Magill, Nikon Ambassador, wildlife photographer and zoologist regularly travels the globe photographing and documenting wildlife. He normally takes his pro gear for these images but in recent years he’s also begun taking bridge-zoom COOLPIX cameras along for the trip. On a recent research trip to the Pantanal in Brazil to study, among other things, jaguars, Ron took along his COOLPIX P1000, “to see if there may be some opportunities to see what it could do in this environment,” he explains.

Ron found the COOLPIX P1000 to be “worth its weight in gold when it comes to versatility and ease of use and transport!”

“When it comes to birds that often fly away before you can get close enough to get the shots you’re hoping for, that 3000mm optical zoom is priceless!” He adds, “It was able to capture some very nice shots for me that were just not possible with my other gear from the distances I had to work with.”

“While working with the jaguar researchers, we were tracking a collared jaguar and found her up in a tree where she was fairly relaxed,” Ron explained. “After getting what I needed with my D5 and D500, I decided to take out the P1000 to do a series for the researchers to illustrate how effectively a jaguar can conceal itself in a tree. If she had not had the radio collar on, we would have never found her!”

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COOLPIX P1000 Zoom Sequence Highlights the Camera’s Breathtaking Zoom
Super telephoto zoom bridge camera amazes
Featuring Nikon Ambassador Ron Magill

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more at Nikon

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Sony World Photography Awards — Winners’ Galleries

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the internationally acclaimed Sony World Photography Awards are one of the most important fixtures in the global photographic calendar.

The Awards are a global voice for photography and provide a vital insight into contemporary photography today. For both established and emerging artists, the Awards offer world-class opportunities for exposure of their work.

Now in its 13th year, the Awards consist of four competitions: Professional (for a body of work), Open (for a single image), Student (for academic institutions) and Youth (for 12-19 year-olds).

Always free to enter, there is a competition and a category for everyone – from Architecture, Documentary, Landscape, Portraiture, Sport, Street Photography, Wildlife, Travel, Culture and more.

Esteban Montero, National Award, Winner, Ecuador, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Adam Stevenson, National Award, Winner, Australia, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Сергей Савенко, National Award, Winner, Russian Federation, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Abbas Alkhamis, National Award, Winner, Saudi Arabia, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Tran Tuan, National Award, Winner, Viet Nam, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Sony World Photography Awards — Winners’ Galleries

more at world photo

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The World’s Best Photos of #Nature2020 by Agora

Free-to-use Agora app shares the finalist shots from its #Nature2020 competition where amateur and professional photographers from all around the world have submitted 11,086 participations to win the $1,000 top prize. The voting phase is now open on Agora to choose the winning photo, results will be revealed on Wednesday 4th March.

‘Nature in darkness’ by @caro.rovira (Spain)
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‘Nipa palm forest’ by @anhtrungqng (Vietnam)
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‘Follow the tracks’ by @heisen22 (Italy)
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‘The land of sunsets’ by @someguybehindthecamera (Pakistan)
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‘Strike’ by @georock888 (Indonesia)
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The World’s Best Photos of #Nature2020 by Agora

more at agora

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Underwater Photographer of the Year 2020 results gallery

Welcome to UPY 2020, in my view the strongest collection yet! As always the category winners are jaw-dropping, but this year every single image is worthy of your attention. UPY always aims to showcase the diversity of disciplines and photographic styles that comprise ‘underwater photography’ and we love seeing photographers pushing the technical and artistic boundaries of the genre. We also appreciate classic images, when taken to new heights, and I am thrilled that UPY 2020 contains all these and more, with a real diversity of photos taken in waters from the polar oceans to the swimming pool.

2020 was another record breaker for UPY with entries rising to 5500, and the number of photographers also jumping up to 500! Thank you to those who continue to support UPY as well as those entering for the first time. We appreciate and enjoy seeing every image we receive. We were also pleased that the Underwater Photography Book of the Year category was the strongest yet, with a very tight field of excellent submissions, all would be a worthy addition to any underwater enthusiast’s bookshelf.

Alex Mustard, on behalf of UPY.

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2020: ‘Frozen Mobile Home’
GREG LECOEUR (France)
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Most Promising British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2020: ‘Commotion in the Ocean’
Nur Tucker (UK)
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Black & White
Third: ‘Earthless’
Zena Holloway (UK)
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British Waters Wide Angle
Third: ‘Fireworks anemone sunburst’
Trevor Rees (UK)
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Macro
Winner: ‘Goby Goodness’
Hannes Klostermann (Germany)
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Underwater Photographer of the Year 2020 results gallery

more at UPY

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