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UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION (FOTOSUB) AT THE ISLE OF YOUTH – APRIL 2011

 

The Isle of Youth, 100km off Cuba’s southern coast, was the venue for Cuba’s 2011 Fotosub (Underwater Photographic Competition). One of Cuba’s top dive spots, this area is known for its stunning underwater environment, with plummeting and vibrant walls, gullies filled with tarpon and a plethora of other fish life.

 

The competition opened on the 10th April at the Hotel Colony. Coming from Chile, Spain, Russia, Switzerland and Cuba the photographers were faced with the task of obtaining four superb underwater pictures within the categories of: Fish, Environment The Environment with a Model and Macro. The conditions for the photographers over the next three days were good. The sea was generally calm and the hot sunny days brought a lot of light into the water.

 

The journalists covering the event were also treated to the Isle of Youth’s underwater delights, including diving on two very colourful and lively wrecks (the Jibacoa and the Sparta) in shallow water. The mode of transport to these sites was in a large catamaran run by a company called Amazing Fleet.  Normally used as a liveaboard operating in Cuba’s south-western waters, this comfortable and handsome looking catamaran was a perfect, if not decadent, way to visit the dive sites.

 

By 11am on the fifth day of the Fotosub, the judges from Argentina, Italy, Spain and Cuba were ready to announce the winners. The atmosphere was electric. After some preliminary videos and speeches, including an address by Deborah Andollo – Cuba’s famous free diver, it was soon clear who the absolute champion was going to be. The name Fernando Olivares was announced for two first places in relation to the Macro and Fish category, with his pictures of a soft coral and a rock hind, as well as a second place for Environment with a Model. He had to have the most points. By the time he was declared absolute champion, he had secured a plethora of prizes - including diving kit.

 

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Absolute Champion – Fernando Olivares

Ist prize – Fish Category – Fernando Olivares

1st – Macro, F. Olivares

Ist prize – Environment - Javier Gascón

1stEn with model, Julio Santos

 

 

Daniel G Perez of Cuba had also fared well, securing two second places in relation to the Macro and Fish categories, as well as a third place in the Environment with a Model section.

 

The winner in the Environment category was Javier Gascón of Spain, with his picture of gorgonians and blue-striped grunts. Gascón also obtained third place in the Macro category.

 

Julio Santos of Cuba obtained first place in the Environment with a Model section and a third place for his Environment picture.

 

Etel Von Muhler of Chile received a second place in the Environment category, and Eduardo Menares, also from Chile, obtained a third place with his Fish picture.

 

There was also a prize for the best model, and this was given to Themis Garcia Ojeda of Cuba.

 

In true Cuban style, the Fotosub competion ended with some elaborate entertainment. Holding ribbons, dancers in brightly coloured dress, wove and whirled their way skilfully around a centre pole.

 

In the final address, the Delegate of the Ministry of Tourism in the Isle of Youth - Mayda García Pérez - thanked all the competitors and journalists for attending, reminding them of an important date to put in their diary - The CMAS Underwater Photography World Championship in Cayo Largo (Cuba) May 2013.

 

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2nd Place – Fish Category - Daniel G Perez

 

2nd Place – Macro – Daniel G Perez

3rd E & Model D. G. Perez

3rd Place – Fish Category – Eduardo Menares

 

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2nd Place – Environment – Etel Von Muhler

 

3rd Place – Macro - Javier Gascón

2nd E & Model F. Olivares

3rd Environ J. Santos

 

 

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