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Underwater photographer of the year 2017 winners (12 Photos)

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    French photographer Gabriel Barathieu has been named this year’s winner for his ‘balletic, malevolent’ dancing octopus.

    Photograph by Gabriel Barathieu of an octopus underwater

    Location: Island of Mayotte, off the coast of south-east Africa


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    British underwater photographer of the year – winner. Out of the Blue by Nick Blake (UK).

    Amazing underwater picture of divers in the sea taken by Nick Blake

    Location: Yukatán peninsula, Kukulkan


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    Up-and-coming underwater photographer of the year – winner. Oceanic in the Sky by Horacio Martinez (Argentina).

    Amazing photo of a shark doing his thing from afar.

     Location: the Red Sea


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    Most promising underwater photographer of the year – winner. Orca Pod by Nicholai Georgiou (UK).

    Killer Whale orkas under the sea

    Location: Tromsø, Norway


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    Wide-angle category – highly commended. Frozen Hunting by Fabrice Guerin (France).

    photo of a humpback whale near the sea floor with lots of fish around him.

    Location: Andenes, Norway



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    Macro category – commended. Larval Lionfish by Steven Kovacs (USA).

    Cool pic by Steven Kovacs of a small marine life form

    Location: Palm Beach, Florida


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    Wrecks category – highly commended. The Haunted Room by Nadya Kulagina (Kazakhstan).

    Nadya Kulagina pic taken of underwater ship wrecks

    Location: the Red Sea


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    Behavior category – winner. Your Home and My Home by Qing Lin (Canada).

    Amazing picture of clown fish by Qing Lin

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    Behavior category – highly commended. Dolphins Hunting by Greg Lecoeur (France).

    Greg Lecoeur picture of dolphins hunting off the coast of South Africa

    Location: Port Saint Johns, South Africa


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    Behavior category – commended. The Contenders by Simone Caprodossi (UAE).

    Simone Caprodossi picture of birds by the water.

    Location: Bahia Magdalena, Mexico

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