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Featured Photographer | Carlos Ortola Orihuel

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Almost all my life I have lived in the small town of Pego in Alicante, Spain,11km from the sea and I have spent most summers swimming in the magical waters of the Mediterranean and on the beach of Les Deveses, in Denia. When I was young I started doing spearfishing, spending afternoons and weekends underwater and discovering that wonderful world, I then became environmentally aware and stopped spearfishing and started scuba diving in 2006. Years later after becoming a divemaster, I bought a compact camera with an underwater housing and the world of underwater photography opened up to me. All I can think about is the weekend when I can take photographs in the waters I call my home. I hope my photos do justice to the Mediterranean sea. By the way, I’m in love with seahorses and jellyfish.


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Coloured tube anemone  Cap de Sant Antoni, Xàbia, Spain 

 

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Ascending from El Vaporet wreck Denia, Spain 

 

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Ringneck blenny Xàbia, Spain

 

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Glass shrimp in anemone Portitxol Island, Xàvia, Spain 

 

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Dorsal of a barrel jellyfish Les Deveses Beach, Denia, Spain 

 

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Seahorse Les Deveses Beach, Denia, Spain 

 

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Aeolid nudibranch  (Facelina quatrefagesi) Nature Reserve of Cap de Sant Antoni, Denia, Spain 

 

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 Dorid nudibranch (Hypselodoris tricolor) Nature Reserve of Cap de Sant Antoni, Xàvia, Spain 

 

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Hermit crab (Calcinus tubularis) Nature Reserve of Cap de Sant Antoni, Denia, Spain 

 

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Barrel jellyfish Nature Reserve of Cap de Sant Antoni, Denia, Spain 

 

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Nudibranch (Nancockia uncinata) Nature Reserve of Cap de Sant Antoni, Denia, Spain 

 

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Crested aeolis Les Marines beach, Denia, Spain 

 

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Portrait of a seahorse during a night dive Denia, Spain 

 

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Ringneck blenny Nature Reserve of Cap de Sant Antoni, Xàvia, Spain 

 

 

Find Carlos on Instagram @pollidepego


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