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Brilliant Underwater Shots from the European Championships

Photographer Francois Xavier Marit used an underwater camera to capture the European Swimming Championships in a unique way this summer in Budapest. By staying underwater with his camera, instead of using a remote trigger, he composed his frames and tripped his shutter at just the right moments.

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Team Ukraine competes during the synchronized swimming free combination final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 8, 2010.

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France's Alain Bernard competing during the men's 100m freestyle qualifications at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 12, 2010.

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Italy's Samuel Pizzetti competing during the men's 1500m freestyle qualifications at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 10, 2010.

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Germany's Marco Koch competes during the men's 200m breaststroke final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 12, 2010.

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Poland's Pawel Korzeniowski competes during the men's 200m butterfly final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 12, 2010.

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Russian Evgeny Korotyshkin competes during the men's 50m butterfly qualifications at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August, 9, 2010.

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France's Sebastien Rouault competing during the men's 800m freestyle qualifications at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 12, 2010.

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France's Aurore Mongel competing during the women's 100m butterfly qualifications at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 12, 2010.

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Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem competes during the women's 100m freestyle final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 11, 2010.

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Great Britain's Elizabeth Simmonds competing during the women's 200m backstroke final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 10, 2010.

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Spain's Mireia Belmonte Garcia competing during the women's 400m individual medley qualifications at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August, 9, 2010.

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Italy's Federica Pellegrini competing during the women's 800m freestyle qualifications at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 11, 2010.

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Poland's Marcin Cieslak competing during the men's 200m butterfly qualifications at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 11, 2010.

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Poland's Pawel Korzeniowski competes during the men's 200m butterfly final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 12, 2010.

Pictures: AFP PHOTO

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