Sweet and gentle Namu, the first killer whale anyone ever befriended and swam with, the first killer whale the public got to see up close, thanks to his performances and the underwater footage by Ted Griffin.
Most promising underwater photographer of the year – winner.
Orca Pod by Nicholai Georgiou (UK).
Location: Tromsø, Norway
Georgiou got this shot during a winter sunset, with the water down to just 5C. As an envious judge pointed out, “Most underwater photographers would be happy to get a shot of a single killer whale, but Nicholai had the composure not to panic and time the shot perfectly as a pod of killer whales passed by heading into the setting sun. I’m jealous.”