Rewarding Excellence and Potential
In addition to the results and prizes, four titles will be awarded by the judges. These titles bring back three prestigious awards from the era of Diver Magazine’s Brighton Festival and Image Competition:
Underwater Photographer of the Year, 2017 is the top award of the UPY Festival, and will go to the photographer whose single image is the best in the show (so therefore is likely to also be one of the category winners). All entrants are automatically considered for this award.
Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year, 2017 will be awarded to the overall winner of the Up & Coming Worldwide category.
Underwater Photography Book Of The Year, 2017 this category is new for the 2017 competition, and will be awarded to the (print) book that most impresses the judges. Please see the description of the Underwater Photography Book category.
The other two titles will be awarded to British Photographers only. To be eligible, you must one or all of British National, British Passport holder or British Resident. This means that British expat underwater photographers, of which there are many around the world, are eligible. It also means that non-British photographers, who live in the UK are also eligible.
Please mark the appropriate boxes on the entry form to be considered for these awards.
British Underwater Photographer of the Year, 2017 will be awarded to the British photographer whose single image is judged most outstanding in the competition (from any category). All British photographers who enter are automatically considered for this award.
Most Promising British Underwater Photographer, 2017 will be awarded to a rising star on the British underwater photography scene. It will go to the British photographer, who has not previously been published or won an award, whose single image is judged most worthy in the festival. The winning image could be chosen from any category.