The Underwater Photographer of the Year has just announced the winners of its 2019 photo contest. More than 5,000 images were submitted by photographers from around the world. Photographer Richard Barnden won the title of Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019 with his shot, “Gauntlet.” Barnden’s image shows the exact moment a grey reef shark catches and chomps down on a parrotfish. Richard explains the story behind his image:

“As I descended, hundreds of sharks covered the bottom. This unlucky parrotfish flinched, and that tiny movement alerted the swarm of sharks. The mayhem hurtled straight towards me and I instinctively pressed the shutter, moments later all that remained was a rain of parrotfish scales in the darkness, and this photo on my camera.”

Judges have selected the best pictures across 13 categories including Wide Angle, Macro, Wrecks, Behavior, Portrait, Black and White, Compact, Up and Coming, and in British waters, Wide Angle, Living Together, Compact, and Macro Shots.

Fast cuttlefish by Fabio Iardino

Fast cuttlefish by Fabio Iardino

Curious Crabeater by Jessica Farrer

Curious Crabeater by Jessica Farrer

Big Guns by René B. Andersen

Big Guns by René B. Andersen

Swanage Sea Hare by Paul Pettitt

Swanage Sea Hare by Paul Pettitt

Silent Killer by Noam Kortler

Silent Killer by Noam Kortler

Playtime by Martin Edser

Playtime by Martin Edser

Morning Tide Mackerel by Victoria Walker

Morning Tide Mackerel by Victoria Walker

Killing angels by João Rodrigues

Killing angels by João Rodrigues

Caretta caretta turtle by Eduardo Acevedo

Caretta caretta turtle by Eduardo Acevedo

Beauty in the Mud by Arthur Kingdon

Beauty in the Mud by Arthur Kingdon

Paradise by Taeyup Kim

Paradise by Taeyup Kim

Oh no, Godzilla by Bruce Sudweeks

Oh no, Godzilla by Bruce Sudweeks

Off the wall by Robert Bailey

Off the wall by Robert Bailey

My place under the boat by Matej Bergoc

My place under the boat by Matej Bergoc

Mercury Tunnel by Ken Kiefer

Mercury Tunnel by Ken Kiefer

Hairy in the Sunrise by Enrico Somogyi

Hairy in the Sunrise by Enrico Somogyi

Grass snake swimming along a garden pond by Jack Perks

Grass snake swimming along a garden pond by Jack Perks

Glow in the Dark by Man BD

Glow in the Dark by Man BD

Fly high and smile by Nicholas Samaras

Fly high and smile by Nicholas Samaras

Between Two Worlds by Henley Spiers

Between Two Worlds by Henley Spiers

Wreck of the Chrisoula K by Tobias Friedrich

Wreck of the Chrisoula K by Tobias Friedrich

Tiger Wave by Henley Spiers

Tiger Wave by Henley Spiers

The Heat Run by Scott Portelli

The Heat Run by Scott Portelli

On the summit by Fu Liang

On the summit by Fu Liang

Inside the eggs by Flavio Vailati

Inside the eggs by Flavio Vailati

Gentle Giants by François Baelen

Gentle Giants by François Baelen

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