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OCEAN AZORES PHOTOGRAPHER 2024 WINNER

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© Pedro Madruga | Espaco Talassa

CATEGORY WINNER: ABOVE WATER

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© Roxane Rambert

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© João Quaresma
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© João Quaresma
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© João Quaresma
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© Pedro Madruga | Espaco Talassa

CATEGORY WINNER: BELOW WATER

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© David Ochoa

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© David Ochoa
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© David Ochoa
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© Ricardo Ventura
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© Francisco Garcia (NIR. 04-ORAC-2023)
Baitball offshore Pico island, Azores
© Francisco Garcia
Sperm whale around the coast of sao miguel island, Azores. Authorization 04-ORAC-2023
© Francisco Garcia | Terra Azul
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© Nuno Potes
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© Nuno Potes

CATEGORY WINNER: OCEAN TOURISM

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© Pedro Madruga | Espaco Talassa

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© Francis Glassup
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© Joel Rohrer
Freediving in sao miguel island
© Francisco Garcia | Terra Azul
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© Francis Glassup
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© Ricardo Ventura
Freediving in sao miguel island
© Francisco Garcia | Terra Azul

CATEGORY WINNER: MARINE TRASH

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© Joel Rohrer

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Location: Faial Island, Azores
Species: Hippocampus spp but I am not certain whether this is a long-snouted or lined seahorse. 
Description: I have free dived regularly in the Azores for years and always longed to see a seahorse. On a late season dive in about 15m depth I was enjoying the clear water and magical light when I suddenly came into a stream of murkier water filled with salps and rubbish, carried around the point by the current. I was filming pieces of plastic drifting past when I spotted this tiny seahorse using a piece of plastic as an anchor point. It was a bittersweet moment - I was delighted to see this beautiful, elusive creature at last but sad that it had attached itself to plastic instead of seaweed. Plastic is everywhere in the marine environement and adapting to its presence may be the only option for some creatures. I watched it for a long time, bobbing and twisting just below the choppy surface, trying to capture the beauty of the seahorse in the vast blue of the ocean. Lined seahorses have recently been discovered in the Azores, believed to have drifted 1000s of miles across the Atlantic from the Caribbean region.
© Kirstin Jones
Abandonned rope floating with triggerfish in São Miguel island, Azores.
© Francisco Garcia | Terra Azul
Trash underwater polluting the environment of the ocean in sao miguel island, azores
© Francisco Garcia | Terra Azul
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© Michael Vogelsang (DRAM/CETACEOS/2021xx/035xx)