13/02/2018 8:19 AM AEDT | Updated 13/02/2018 9:47 AM AEDT

12 Underwater Photos That Show The Submerged World Is Magical

Photographers from around the world competed for the best underwater photo.

Photographers from around the world competed for the best underwater photo — and we are submerged in the results.

The 2018 Underwater Photographer of the Year awards were announced this week, encompassing categories from Behavior to Wrecks to Macro. See the winners from each category below.

  • Category: Wide Angle
    ©Greg Lecoeur/UPY2018
    Winner: "Humpback whale spy hopping"
  • Category: Macro
    ©Shane Gross/UPY2018
    Winner: "Seahorse Density"
  • Category: Wrecks
    ©Tobias Friedrich/UPY2018
    Winner: "CYCLE-WAR"
  • Category: Behavior
    ©Filippo Borghi/UPY2018
    Winner: "The Fisherman"
  • Category: Portrait
    ©Tanya Houppermans/UPY2018
    Winner: "A sand tiger shark surrounded by tiny bait fish"
  • Category: Black & White
    ©Borut Furlan/UPY2018
    Winner: "Crocodile reflections"
  • Category: Compact
    ©Simone Matucci/UPY2018
    Winner: 'Dancing with the giants"
  • Category: Up & Coming
    ©Man BD/UPY2018
    Winner: "ROAR"
  • Category: British Waters Wide Angle
    ©Grant Thomas/UPY2018
    Winner: "Love Birds"
  • Category: British Waters Macro
    ©Henley Spiers/UPY2018
    Winner: "Battle of the Tompots"
  • Category: British Waters Compact
    ©Vicky Paynter/UPY2018
    Winner: "Scratchy Seal"
  • Bonus: Most Promising British Underwater Photographer
    ©Tony Stephenson/UPY2018
    "How many pike?"

You can check out images of the runners up for each category at the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition website.

Sony World Photography Awards 2017

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