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In 2000 Swiss photographer Franco Banfi gave up his day job to become a professional photographer specializing in underwater and wildlife images. Franco is a Canon ambassador in Italy, he is member of IEPA.org (International Environment Photographers Association) and was team member of the Wild Wonders of Europe project.
Franco is an award-winning photographer (World Champion in underwater photography in Cuba) and is regularly successful in the most prestigious international photo-competitions, for example Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY), Nature’s Best and International Photography Awards (IPA).
Recently he founded a company to run trips for small groups of enthusiasts to travel and enjoy wildlife both above and below the water’s surface.
Great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) swimming over sandy seabed, South Bimini, Bahamas. The Bahamas National Shark Sanctuary, West Atlantic Ocean.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) swimming over sandy seabed, South Bimini, Bahamas. The Bahamas National Shark Sanctuary, West Atlantic Ocean.
Great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) swimming over sandy seabed, South Bimini, Bahamas. The Bahamas National Shark Sanctuary, West Atlantic Ocean.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) swimming over sandy seabed, South Bimini, Bahamas. The Bahamas National Shark Sanctuary, West Atlantic Ocean.
Devilray (Mobula tarapacana) swimming near the surface with remoras, Ambrosio dive site, Santa Maria Island, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Devilray (Mobula tarapacana) swimming near the surface with remoras, Ambrosio dive site, Santa Maria Island, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean
School of Munk's devil ray, (Mobula munkiana), feeding on plankton at night, Espiritu Santo Island, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / School of Munk's devil ray, (Mobula munkiana), feeding on plankton at night, Espiritu Santo Island, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean
School of Munk's devil ray  (Mobula munkiana), feeding on plankton at night, photographed on a long exposure, Espiritu Santo Island, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / School of Munk's devil ray (Mobula munkiana), feeding on plankton at night, photographed on a long exposure, Espiritu Santo Island, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean
Beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) swimming under ice, Arctic circle Dive Center, White Sea, Karelia, northern Russia, captive  -  Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) swimming under ice, Arctic circle Dive Center, White Sea, Karelia, northern Russia, captive
Beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) swimming under ice and exhaling air, with scuba diver in background, Arctic circle Dive Center, White Sea, Karelia, northern Russia, captive  -  Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) swimming under ice and exhaling air, with scuba diver in background, Arctic circle Dive Center, White Sea, Karelia, northern Russia, captive
Beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) swimming under ice, Arctic circle Dive Center, White Sea, Karelia, northern Russia. Captive  -  Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) swimming under ice, Arctic circle Dive Center, White Sea, Karelia, northern Russia. Captive
Beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) two swimming under ice, Arctic circle Dive Center, White Sea, Karelia, northern Russia, captive  -  Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) two swimming under ice, Arctic circle Dive Center, White Sea, Karelia, northern Russia, captive
Scuba diver under ice and ice formation, Arctic circle Dive Center, White Sea, Karelia, northern Russia March 2010. No release available.  -  Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Scuba diver under ice and ice formation, Arctic circle Dive Center, White Sea, Karelia, northern Russia March 2010. No release available.
Southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) with calluses covered in parasitic crustaceans named cyamids or whale lice (Cyamus ovalis). Golfo Nuevo, Peninsula Valdes, UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site...  -  Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) with calluses covered in parasitic crustaceans named cyamids or whale lice (Cyamus ovalis). Golfo Nuevo, Peninsula Valdes, UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site...
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway, Arctic Ocean. July.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway, Arctic Ocean. July.
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) two swimming underwater, Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway, Arctic Ocean. July.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) two swimming underwater, Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway, Arctic Ocean. July.
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway, Arctic Ocean. July.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway, Arctic Ocean. July.
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) hauled out in shallow water, Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway, Arctic Ocean. July.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) hauled out in shallow water, Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway, Arctic Ocean. July.
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) hauled out in shallow water, Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway, Arctic Ocean. July.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) hauled out in shallow water, Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway, Arctic Ocean. July.
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) hauled out in shallow water, Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway, Arctic Ocean. July.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) hauled out in shallow water, Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway, Arctic Ocean. July.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) approaching boat with curiosity, with photographer taking picture,  Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, Arctic Ocean.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) approaching boat with curiosity, with photographer taking picture, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, Arctic Ocean.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) footprints compared to print from human shoe, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, Arctic Ocean.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) footprints compared to print from human shoe, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, Arctic Ocean.
Passage made in wake of sailing boat through ice. Photographed from the top of the mast, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, Arctic Ocean. July 2014.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Passage made in wake of sailing boat through ice. Photographed from the top of the mast, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, Arctic Ocean. July 2014.
Passage made in wake of sailing boat through ice. Photographed from the top of the mast, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, Arctic Ocean. July 2014.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Passage made in wake of sailing boat through ice. Photographed from the top of the mast, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, Arctic Ocean. July 2014.
Siberian Husky sled dogs resting in snow, inside Riisitunturi national park, Lapland, Finland  -  Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Siberian Husky sled dogs resting in snow, inside Riisitunturi national park, Lapland, Finland
Siberian Husky sled dogs, Riisitunturi National Park, Lapland, Finland, February  -  Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Siberian Husky sled dogs, Riisitunturi National Park, Lapland, Finland, February
Portrait of Siberian Husky dog face used as sled dogs inside Riisitunturi National Park, Lapland, Finland  -  Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Portrait of Siberian Husky dog face used as sled dogs inside Riisitunturi National Park, Lapland, Finland
Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) with a free diver swimming, Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Vulnerable species.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) with a free diver swimming, Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Vulnerable species.
Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) portrait, with remora fish, Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Vulnerable.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) portrait, with remora fish, Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Vulnerable.
Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) mother surfacing with calf below, Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Vulnerable species.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) mother surfacing with calf below, Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Vulnerable species.
Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) with open mouth, showing the teeth, Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Vulnerable species.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) with open mouth, showing the teeth, Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Vulnerable species.
Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) with mouth open, Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean. Vulnerable species.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) with mouth open, Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean. Vulnerable species.
Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) socialising with free diver stopped between two individuals,  Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, January, Vulnerable species. Model released.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) socialising with free diver stopped between two individuals, Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, January, Vulnerable species. Model released.
Killer whale (Orcinus orca) hunting for herring fish (Clupea harengus), Andenes, Andoya island, North Atlantic Ocean, Norway, April  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Killer whale (Orcinus orca) hunting for herring fish (Clupea harengus), Andenes, Andoya island, North Atlantic Ocean, Norway, April
Killer whale (Orcinus orca) hunting inside herring baitball (Clupea harengus), Andenes, Andoya island, North Atlantic Ocean, Norway, April  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Killer whale (Orcinus orca) hunting inside herring baitball (Clupea harengus), Andenes, Andoya island, North Atlantic Ocean, Norway, April
Killer whale (Orcinus orca) surfacing to breath whilst hunting herring fish (Clupea harengus), Andenes, Andoya island, North Atlantic Ocean, Norway, April  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Killer whale (Orcinus orca) surfacing to breath whilst hunting herring fish (Clupea harengus), Andenes, Andoya island, North Atlantic Ocean, Norway, April
Killer whale (Orcinus orca) diving and hunting for herring fish (Clupea harengus), Andenes, Andoya island, North Atlantic Ocean, Norway, April  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Killer whale (Orcinus orca) diving and hunting for herring fish (Clupea harengus), Andenes, Andoya island, North Atlantic Ocean, Norway, April
Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) with parasitic copepod (Ommatokoita elongata), under ice, Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, northern Baffin Island, Canada, Arctic.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) with parasitic copepod (Ommatokoita elongata), under ice, Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, northern Baffin Island, Canada, Arctic.
White-plumed anemone (Metridium senile) Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, Pacific Ocean  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / White-plumed anemone (Metridium senile) Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, Pacific Ocean
Basket star (Gorgonocephalus caryi / eucnemis ) Arctic circle Dive Center, White Sea, Karelia, Northern Russia, September  -  Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Basket star (Gorgonocephalus caryi / eucnemis ) Arctic circle Dive Center, White Sea, Karelia, Northern Russia, September
Aggregating anemone (Metridium senile) White Sea, Arctic circle Dive Center, Karelia, Northern Russia, September  -  Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Aggregating anemone (Metridium senile) White Sea, Arctic circle Dive Center, Karelia, Northern Russia, September
Spotted ratfish (Hydrolagus colliei) Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, Pacific Ocean.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Spotted ratfish (Hydrolagus colliei) Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, Pacific Ocean.
Piraputanga (Brycon hilarii) Balneario Municipal, Formoso River, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Piraputanga (Brycon hilarii) Balneario Municipal, Formoso River, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Piraputanga (Brycon hilarii) reflecting on the water surface, Aquario Natural, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Piraputanga (Brycon hilarii) reflecting on the water surface, Aquario Natural, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Green anaconda (Eunectes murinus) underwater inFormoso River, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Green anaconda (Eunectes murinus) underwater inFormoso River, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Pink River dolphin / Boto (Inia geoffrensis) Acajatuba Lake, Negro River, Amazonas, Brazil  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Pink River dolphin / Boto (Inia geoffrensis) Acajatuba Lake, Negro River, Amazonas, Brazil
Spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus) Rio Baia Bonita, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil  -  Franco Banfi,Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi,Franco Banfi / Spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus) Rio Baia Bonita, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
River stingray (Potamotrygon sp) Triste River, Nobres, Mato Grosso, Brazil  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / River stingray (Potamotrygon sp) Triste River, Nobres, Mato Grosso, Brazil
River stingray (Potamotrygon sp.), Paraguay River, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / River stingray (Potamotrygon sp.), Paraguay River, Pantanal, Brazil
Banded archerfish (Toxotes jaculatrix) Kot malan kary, Blue water mangrove, Raja Ampat, Irian Jaya, West Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean  -  Franco Banfi,Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi,Franco Banfi / Banded archerfish (Toxotes jaculatrix) Kot malan kary, Blue water mangrove, Raja Ampat, Irian Jaya, West Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean
Tentacles of Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas) at night off Loreto, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Tentacles of Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas) at night off Loreto, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean.
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