Featured Photographer | Carlos Ortola Orihuel




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.


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 



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



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



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



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



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



Crested aeolis Les Marines beach, Denia, Spain 


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Portrait of a seahorse during a night dive Denia, Spain 



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



Find Carlos on Instagram @pollidepego

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