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Underwater Photographer of the Year 2024

© Alex Dawson

UPY2024 Winner: Alex Dawson. See the winner's gallery.

London Award Ceremony

Photos from the UPY2024 Award Ceremony in central London.

Yearbook cover

Download and keep the free UPY2024 Yearbook.

Our sponsors

Our valued sponsors come from around the globe.

Media partners

Working with over 300 media partners creates unrivalled press coverage for our winners.

The Underwater Photographer of the Year 2024 has been named as Alex Dawson from Sweden, for his arresting image: "Whale Bones".

The full set of UPY2024 results is now available to view in the Winners' gallery, and the complete collection is available to download and keep in the free Yearbook.

UPY is the world’s most important underwater photography contest. British photographer, Phil Smith was the first Underwater Photographer of the Year, named in 1965. Today the competition is fully international and attracts entries from all continents, with the results promoted by the mainstream media around the world.

Our entire judging process takes place in one room, with all named judges seeing every single image on the same screen and make every decision together. This doesn’t just produce iconic winners, it also allows UPY to provide entrants with individual feedback on how each of their photos faired, using our bespoke results system. UPY is supported by some of the best brands in diving as prize donors and is proud to be associated with The Crown Estate, Marelux and the Save Our Seas Foundation as Category sponsors. Please reach out to us if you would like to collaborate.


© Alex Dawson

See the 2024 winners gallery

Click to see a gallery of all 130 stunning underwater images - the UPY 2024 winners

Video collection

Check out past videos on our youtube channel

Meet the judges

Meet our top team of international judges

UPY on the road

Want to attract visitors to your venue? See how you can host the UPY 2024 Exhibition

© Bryan H. Blauvelt

Stories from our winners

See what it means to be a winner with some stories of past entrants enjoying their prizes

© Rodolphe Guignard

Competition Rules

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