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2024 London award ceremony

The UPY2024 award ceremony in central London

The 2024 Underwater Photographer of the Year awards were announced at a special awards evening in Mayfair, London. Alex Mustard, chair of the UPY jury, presented the awards on stage with winners travelling to London from as far away as Brazil.

Although UPY’s history stretches back to 1965, this was the 10th edition of the modern awards, and the event celebrated this rich history. “A real highlight was fortuitously having five of our UPYs [Underwater Photographer of the Year overall winners] attending,” commented Alex Mustard. “Alex Dawson was obviously just crowned, and Tobi is a judge, but Rafa, Kat and Nuno were all category winners again this year. It was also great to see an even split between the sexes – with the boys and girls each claiming 6 of our 12 categories. Although female photographers edged it with the big awards, 3 to 2.”

“Although the UPY Awards Evening was instigated to celebrate the 10 year anniversary, its popularity means that we plan for it to become a regular event. There are very few such socials that allow top photographers to come together with the only obligation of building friendships and exchanging ideas and information. And most of the well-lubricated audience headed out in London’s West End for a memorable after-party.”

The event was hosted by long-time UPY sponsors The Crown Estate at their prestigious property One Heddon Street, London W1.