Every year, the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition recognizes stunning photos of life below sea level. Talented photographers from around the world often brave rough waters, perilous dives, and close encounters with animals on the hunt to capture their shots.
The competition awards photos in categories such as “Behavior,” “Portrait,” and “My Backyard,” as well as an overall winner.
Here are the winners of this year’s contest. You can view last year’s winners here.