For one week, the island hosted the 1st Spanish Inclusive Photography Championship, the 35th Spanish Underwater Photography Championship and the 24th Spanish Underwater Video Championship
The island’s seabed was the protagonist of the 1st Spanish Championship of Inclusive Photography, the 35th Spanish Championship of Underwater Photography and the 24th Spanish Championship of Underwater Video. The tranquility of its waters, the beauty of its seabed and the great biodiversity found on the coasts of Lanzarote were the main attractions for hosting the three competitions.
At the beginning of September the teams aiming to participate in the three competitions arrived on the island in order to train and learn about the seabed. The island is one of the main destinations for national and international divers and many of the teams had already been under the Atlantic waters that surround it. From the beginning, the teams valued positively that the diving centre and the hotel were just a few metres away, which helped a lot with the logistics of the entire event.
The first to start the competition were the participants of the 24th Spanish Underwater Video Championship (CEVISUB), with 5 boats leaving from Puerto Calero to start their first dives. The next day this group went out again to carry out the last recordings of this competition. The participants have a limited time to make their videos and must choose the best ones in order to obtain the best final score. The members of the BurbuSub Diving Club of Torrevieja, Manuel Blasco and Iván Andreu, were the winners of this category.
The second competition that started was the Spanish Underwater Photography Championship (NAFOSUB). The participants were taken from Puerto Calero to Puerto del Carmen to take the spectacular underwater photographs. The orography of the seabed, the fauna and flora were captured by the specialists in this discipline. After the two days of the competition and after the judges’ deliberation, Jesús Yeray Delgado and Abigail Martín were proclaimed champions of the competition, who also took first place in the Angular with Diver and Free Photo categories. Jesús Osorio, with Celia Padilla as model, was the champion in the Angular category. In Close Up the winners were Rafael Fernández and Óscar Luna. In the Fish category the winner was Eladio Frías and Rachel Parry. Finally, the winner in Thematic Photo was Arturo Telle and Débora Colombo. Two days of intense competition in which the spectacular backdrops of the island were demonstrated with marvellous snapshots.
The last competition to be held was the 1st Spanish Championship of Inclusive Photography, a milestone for the island and for this sport, which gives people with functional diversity the chance to take part in a national competition. At the presentation of the event, Francisco Martín, head of Inclusion of the Spanish Federation of Underwater Activities, commented that “this event is a great way to bring this sport closer to everyone”. The participants of this competition stayed at Casas Heddy, a perfectly adapted lodging with the finest services for its guests. The dives took place from the Marina Rubicón Marina and all the dives were carried out in the south of the island. In this category, Carlos López and Vicente Renovell were crowned champions of Spain in Inclusive Photography. All the participants were very satisfied with having had the opportunity to be in a national competition and grateful for the treatment received inside and outside the event during their stay on the island.
Una gran gala de entrega de premios celebrada en Puerto Calero clausuró las tres competiciones. Lanzarote volvió a ser el epicentro de eventos deportivos nacionales, ratificando las buenas condiciones que tiene la isla para el deporte al aire libre durante los 365 días del año, destacando en esta ocasión la buena acogida de la celebración de una competición inclusiva.