Fascinated and intrigued with life below the ocean’s surface? Come and explore weird and wonderful marine species, long-forgotten shipwrecks, incredible underwater seascapes and baffling animal behaviour at the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016 exhibition in Cape Town. Valid Wild Card members will enjoy an exclusive discount.

From 1 May to 30 September the Chavonnes Battery Museum (Clock Tower) at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is hosting the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016 exhibition. The exhibition, on show in South Africa for the first time, boasts 41 pictures across eight categories – a selection of the best of the best from 54 countries.

Underwater photographer of the year-Sara Bowring-Court Chavonnes Battery Museum

This picture, titled Hello give us a kiss by Sarah Bowring from the UK, is one of this year’s highly commended entries at the Underwater Photographer of the Year exhibition in Cape Town. Pictures courtesy of Chavonnes Battery Museum

South Africa can be especially proud as our own Pier Mane’s picture, Three Pillars (below), won in the category Up & Coming Underwater Photographer. One of the judges, Martin Edge, said: “Throughout the judging process, this image grew and grew on me. It got better every time I viewed it.” And we can see why!

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The exhibition reveals some of the incredible creatures that call the ocean home, like this luminescent fish photographed by Scotland’s George Stoyle.

Underwater photographer of the year-Alejandro Prieto-Court Chavonnes Battery Museum

This remarkable image by Mexican Alejandro Prieto, entitled What Feeds Beneath, puts the viewer in the picture by capturing a seabird at the very moment it dives below the surface.

Underwater photographer of the year-Davide Lopresti-Court Chavonnes Battery Museum

The overall winning picture by Italian Davide Lopresti, Gold, is a true underwater art piece with a spiny seahorse as his subject.

Visitor’s info

The exhibition and museum is open daily from 09:00 to 16:00.

Adults: R70
Valid Wild Card members: R50 (remember to produce your Wild Card upon entry)
Seniors and students: R50
Children (6-16): R30 (children under the age of 6 entre for free)
Family of four: R200
Interest & school groups: Prices available on request

Tickets are available at the door, or buy your tickets online at Webtickets. All donations accumulated during the exhibition will be presented to the National Sea Rescue Institute.