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    • Under the Sea: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
    • Under the Sea: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
    • Under the Sea: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
    • Under the Sea: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
    • Under the Sea: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
    • Under the Sea: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
    • Under the Sea: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
    • Under the Sea: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
    • Under the Sea: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
    • Under the Sea: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
    • Under the Sea: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
    • Under the Sea: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
    • Under the Sea: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
    • Under the Sea: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
    • Under the Sea: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
    • Under the Sea: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
    • Under the Sea: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
    • Under the Sea: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019
    Winner of the Underwater Photographer of the Year contest 2019 British photographer Richard Barnden with a picture “The Gauntlet”.
    As the sun sets on Fakarava South Pass, the estimated 700 sharks that are patrolling the mouth of the channel by day, begins to hunt at night. The gauntlet is about to unfold. Descending into the darkness I can feel my heart beating a little faster than normal as hundreds of sharks are now covering the bottom. This unlucky parrotfish dodged in and out of the patch coral heads looking for somewhere to hide as swarms of sharks followed in hot pursuit. One grey reef shark suddenly grabbed the parrotfish by its head as the another twisted underneath it to get a better grip. In desperation it hurtled straight towards me as I snapped a few passing shots and curled up into a ball as the frenzy of sharks shot past, leaving only but a few falling parrotfish scales behind.

    For people who have note dived into the ocean the underwater world may seem unreal and magical.

    The ocean is as beautiful as it is dangerous and unpredictable. Have a look at these pictures from the Underwater Photography Of The Year 2019 competition.

    The best photos were chosen from almost 5,000 applications from photographers from all over the world.

    Photographers showed the unique beauty of the underwater world and their unexpected finds via their snaps. 

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