German photographer Tobias Friedrich has taken out the prestigious Underwater Photographer of the Year award for his photo of World War II Norton 16H motorcycles lying on the back of Fordson WOT 3 trucks, themselves loaded on the British naval ship SS Thistlegorm. The vessel was dispatched from Glasgow, Scotland on June 2, 1941, bound for Alexandria, Egypt, when the German Luftwaffe bombed her and sank the vessel in the Red Sea. The Nortons have been lying dormant on the ocean floor ever since, undisturbed until now. Also submitted for judging at this year’s awards was another shot from the Thistlegorm, by Sweden’s Anders Nyberg – a rather stunning and haunting image of a BSA M20, bound for Egypt and now frozen in time.
Detail of Tobias Friedrich’s award winning photograph of Norton 16H motorcycles aboard the SS Thistlegorm in the Red Sea.