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A stunning shot of sharks cruising under a French Polynesian sunset wins Underwater Photographer of the Year 2021

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February 10, 2021

Grace Ebert

Category winner. Underwater Photographer of the Year 2021 © Renee Capozzola (USA) / UPY2021. All images courtesy of UPY 2021, shared with permission

An exquisite shot of blacktip reef sharks circling under a jewel-colored sky in French Polynesia tops this year Underwater Photographer of the Year Competition (previously). Captured from California Renee CapozzolaThe winning entry frames a pair of white-bellied fish and seagulls in the air, forming a random composition that combines air, land and sea. “I devoted several evenings to photography in the shallows at sunset and was eventually rewarded with this scene: glassy water, a rich sunset, sharks and even birds,” she said.

This year’s competition received more than 4,500 entries from photographers in 68 countries, including images of wrecked barges, frogs peeking out of a muddy pond, and two Ornery Blenny in the middle of a fight. Capozzola is the first woman to win the UK-based competition since its inception in 1965.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorites below, but you can see all of the winning shots and interviews with the photographers on the website Competition website. (over This is not luck)

Winner. Wide angle of British water, my backyard © Mark Kirkland (UK) / UPY2021

Third place. Aspiring Underwater Photographer of the Year 2021. © Danny Lee (Australia) / UPY2021

Runner up. Behavior. © Jing Gong Zhang (China) / UPY2021

Left: winner. Portrait. © Ryohei Ito (Japan) / UPY202. Right: second. Portrait. © Keigo Kawamura (Japan) / UPY2021

Winner. Wrecks © Tobias Friedrich (Germany) / UPY2021

Runner up. Macro © Steven Kovacs (USA) / UPY2021

Third place. Underwater Photographer of the Year 2021 © Oleg Gaponyuk (Russian Federation) / UPY2021

Runner up. Wide angle © Martin Broen (USA) / UPY2021

Third place. Wide angle of UK waters © Kirsty Andrews (UK) / UPY2021

#Animals
#competitions
#Fish
#underwater
#Water

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