12/02/2018 23:19 SAST | Updated 13/02/2018 00:47 SAST

12 Underwater Photos That Show The Submerged World Is Magical

Sea for yourself.

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

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