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The UPY awards

Rewarding excellence and potential

About the UPY Awards

In addition to the results and prizes, seven prestigious titles will be awarded by the judges, some of which trace their origins back to the original Brighton Festival. Four of these titles are open to eligible photographers from every country:

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022 is the top award of the UPY competition, and will go to the photographer whose single image is the best in the show (so therefore is likely to also be one of the category winners). All entrants are automatically considered for this award.

Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022 will be awarded to the overall winner of the Up & Coming Worldwide category.

Underwater Photography Book Of The Year 2022 will be awarded to the (print) book that most impresses the judges. Please see the description of the Underwater Photography Book category.

'Save Our Seas Foundation' Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year 2022 will be awarded to the winning image in this new category (which is free to enter). Open to both underwater and above water images.

My Backyard. With travel restrictions still affecting many people, we have retained this award to showcase images taken in "My Backyard" where very little travel was involved (certainly no flights, and limited mileage from your home). Shore or short-trip boat dives count and for those who are lucky to live close to exotic diving that is to your advantage, while some photographers may not live close enough to water to enter. We will leave it to entrants to be honest - just check the My Backyard box when you submit your images to be considered.

 


The other two titles will be awarded to British Photographers only. To be eligible, you must be one or all of either British National, British Passport holder or British Resident. This means that British expat underwater photographers, of which there are many around the world, are eligible. It also means that non-British photographers, who live in the UK are also eligible.

Please mark the appropriate boxes on the entry form to be considered for these awards.

British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022 will be awarded to the British photographer whose single image is judged most outstanding in the competition (from any category). All British photographers who enter are automatically considered for this award.

Most Promising British Underwater Photographer 2022 will be awarded to a rising star on the British underwater photography scene. It will go to the British photographer, who has not won 1st place in a major underwater photography competition or been published significantly (meaning regular or big solo spreads rather than one or two shots in a general article) in publications, whose single image is judged most worthy in the competition. The winning image could be chosen from any category.