The UPY awards
Rewarding excellence and potential
About the UPY Awards
In addition to the results and prizes, five prestigious titles will be awarded by the judges, some of which trace their origins back to the original 1965 Brighton Festival. Three of these titles are open to eligible photographers from every country:
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023 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 2023 will be awarded to the overall winner of the Up & Coming Worldwide category.
'Save Our Seas Foundation' Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year 2023 will be awarded to the winning image in this category (which is free to enter). Open to both underwater and above water images.
The other two titles will be awarded to British Photographers only. To be eligible, you must be at least one of a British National, a British Passport holder or a 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 fully eligible.
Please mark the appropriate boxes on the entry form to be considered for these awards.
British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023 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 2023 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 can be chosen from any category.