A glimpse of the deep blue: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 exhibition in Cape Town

2017-05-16 18:00 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - Calling all aspiration photographers and lovers of the deep blue sea. 

The world-renowned Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 exhibition is currently on show at the Chavonnes Battery Museum in Cape Town. 

Quick Info

Where: Chavonnes Battery Museum, Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town 
When: From 1 May to 30th September 2017 
Opening Times: Fridays to Mondays from 09:00 to 15:00, Tuesdays to Thursdays from 09:00 to 16:00 
Prices: FREE for Children under 16 years, R100 for Adults, R70 for Wild Card or Red Bus ticket holders, R50 for Seniors and Students.
NOTE: There is also an NSRI kiddie’s colouring-in table, lots of comfy seating, pause nooks, coffee table books and FREE WIFI. Direct access via P2 Clock Tower parking.
Get more info here

What to expect 

Immerse yourself for an hour or two this winter in the colourful images underwater then step below sea-level, meander over and between the ribs of the 18th Century Archaeology ruins and discover the story of the “Cape of Storms”.

Showcasing 50 intriguing images in 10 categories with underwater behaviour and two new categories for Portrait and Compact, the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 secured 100 finalists from 20 countries including South Africa, Mexico, Finland, Indonesia, Egypt, Sudan, Norway, Canada, France, Italy and the UK.

Images like the “Dancing Octopus”, shot in the lagoon of the island of Mayotte between Mozambique and Madagascar in the Indian Ocean are on show. 

The image secured Gabriel Barathieu from France the Underwater Photographer of the Year title for 2017.


Shot further south along the South Africa coast at Port St John’s is where the image “Dolphins Hunting” was captured during the annual Sardine Run. The image was Highly Commended in the behaviour category, and taken by Greg Lecoeur from France while on holiday in SA last year.

You can see all the winning images here: 2017 Underwater Photographer of the Year winners

Runner Up in the behaviour category was awarded to the South Africa diver Jean Tresfon for his spectacular image “Humpback whale feeding on Krill” taken a few miles off the Hout Bay coast in the Atlantic Ocean. 

READ MORE HERE: PICS: SA photographer named one of the best Underwater Photographers of 2017

The Underwater Photographer of the Year is a London-based annual competition that seeks to celebrate photography beneath the surface of the sea, lakes, rivers and even swimming pools. 

This year the competition saw 4500 entries taken in 67 countries. 

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