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Underwater photographer of the year 2016 winners – in pictures

British waters wide angle category runner-upShocked Shark by Will Clark (UK)Location: Penzance, Cornwall, UK‘This juvenile blue shark was the first to arrive at our boat after an hour of chumming. We were alerted to its presence by the bobbing of a small buoy which had fresh mackerel tied to it. I leaned over the side of the boat with my camera housing not quite fully submerged as the skipper tried to coax the shark nearer to the boat. He got the blue very close to me, and then just at the…

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Blue Shark, harmless can grow up to about 6 feet long, often caught off the coast of Cornwall

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Photographer captures breathtaking images as he swims with blue whale

Around 10 to 15 miles away from the coast, the photographer decided to free dive under the surface to watch the majestic animal

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Photographer captures breathtaking images as he swims with blue whale

Having a whale of a time: The beautiful images show the whale plunging into the deepest depths of the clear blue sea

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From the gaping jaws of a giant shark to the intricate dance of mating seahorses - the Best Underwater Photographer of the Year Competition reveals its winner

From the gaping jaws of a giant shark to the intricate dance of mating seahorses…

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whale shark - an incredible animal. Largest fish in the ocean. Had the privilege of seeing one in Hawaii.

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Swimmer-songwriters: Whales have their own tunes that spread around the world 'like hit singles'

humpback whale aka LARRY SYDNEY's MAGESTICAL WHALE FREIND THAT GOES WITH HER ON ALL OF HER ADVENTURES

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