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The overall winner was Giants of the Night, a study of five whale sharks feeding together at night in the waters of the Maldives

The overall winner was Giants of the Night, a study of five whale sharks feeding together at night in the waters of the Maldives

RAFAEL FERNANDEZ CABALLERO/UPY 2022

Yawn Country, featuring a playful gray seal pup, was third in the British Wide Angle category

Yawn Country, featuring a playful gray seal pup, was third in the British Wide Angle category

HENLEY SPIERS/UPY 2022

Best buddies — of two Yarrell's blennies captured in the depths of Loch Carron — won the British Waters Macro category

Best buddies — of two Yarrell’s blennies captured in the depths of Loch Carron — won the British Waters Macro category

DAN BOLT/UPY 2022

Among the runners up in the Wrecks category was Glassfish Synchronicity, taken in the Red Sea off Egypt

Among the runners up in the Wrecks category was Glassfish Synchronicity, taken in the Red Sea off Egypt

CATHERINE HOLMES/UPY 2022

This runner-up in the British Underwater Photographer of the Year award was taken in Australia's Neptune Islands and has the self-explanatory title A 3.5m Great White Curiously Approaches My Lens

This runner-up in the British Underwater Photographer of the Year award was taken in Australia’s Neptune Islands and has the self-explanatory title A 3.5m Great White Curiously Approaches My Lens

MATTY SMITH/UPY 2022

Beauty on a Red Anemone Skirt, taken in Oman, was runner-up in the Up and Coming category

Beauty on a Red Anemone Skirt, taken in Oman, was runner-up in the Up and Coming category

YAZID EL SHAARI/UPY 2022

Fishermen Camp, taken at Baja California Sur, Mexico, was runner up in the Save our Seas Foundation Marine Conservation category

Fishermen Camp, taken at Baja California Sur, Mexico, was runner up in the Save our Seas Foundation Marine Conservation category

FABRICE DUDENHOFER/UPY 2022

The winner of the My Backyard category was All You Need is Love, taken in the Finnish photographer's back garden pond

The winner of the My Backyard category was All You Need is Love, taken in the Finnish photographer’s back garden pond

PEKKA TUURI/UPY 2022

A Peaceful Co-existence, taken in Falmouth, won the British Waters Living Together category

A Peaceful Co-existence, taken in Falmouth, won the British Waters Living Together category

LEWIS MICHAEL JEFFERIES /UPY 2022

Longevity Meditation, capturing a green turtle in the Galapagos islands, was third in the Portrait category

Longevity Meditation, capturing a green turtle in the Galapagos islands, was third in the Portrait category

DANIELE COMIN/UPY 2022

Third in the Behavior category was this image of a striped marling in Mexico titled Hunting

Third in the Behavior category was this image of a striped marling in Mexico titled Hunting

DAMIR ZURUB/UPY 2022

Diamonds and Rust, a colorful image of sea gooseberries near Swanage pier, was third in the British Waters Macro category

Diamonds and Rust, a colorful image of sea gooseberries near Swanage pier, was third in the British Waters Macro category

PAUL PETTITT/UPY 2022

Coral on the Kittiwake, a haunting image of a wreck off Grand Cayman, was third in the Wrecks category

Coral on the Kittiwake, a haunting image of a wreck off Grand Cayman, was third in the Wrecks category

KARLO MACAS/UPY 2022

In the Net, taken in the Gulf of Naples, was third in the Save our Seas Foundation Marine Conservation category

In the Net, taken in the Gulf of Naples, was third in the Save our Seas Foundation Marine Conservation category

PASQUALE VASSALLO/UPY 2022

Winner of the Save Our Seas Foundation' Marine Conservation category was Season of Anchovy Fishery, taken off the coast of Hon Yen in Phu Yen province, Vietnam

Winner of the Save Our Seas Foundation’ Marine Conservation category was Season of Anchovy Fishery, taken off the coast of Hon Yen in Phu Yen province, Vietnam

THIEN NGUYEN NGOC/UPY 2022

The photographer's daughter strikes a synchronized swimming pose known as a “barracuda” in this image titled Headspace, runner-up in the Compact category

The photographer’s daughter strikes a synchronized swimming pose known as a “barracuda” in this image titled Headspace, runner-up in the Compact category

JAMES ROKOP /UPY 2022

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Javier Murcia/UPY 2022 The Circle of Life, taken in the Mediterranean off the Spanish coast, was runner-up in the Behavior category

JAVIER MURCIA/UPY 2022

Mating time for toads in Germany lasts only a few days but was long enough for the photographer to take this startling image titled Peace, which won the Compact category

Mating time for toads in Germany lasts only a few days but was long enough for the photographer to take this startling image titled Peace, which won the Compact category

ENRICO SOMOGYI/UPY 2022

Fluorescent Fireworks, taken in Loch Long, was the aptly titled runner-up in the British Waters Compact category

Fluorescent Fireworks, taken in Loch Long, was the aptly titled runner-up in the British Waters Compact category

JAMES LYNOTT/UPY 2022

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