The morphology of the seabed in the Guanahacabibes National
Park features a fascinating landscape formed by vast expanses of
white sands and unique rock formations known as cabezos or
mogotes. However, the most impressive features are the extensive
dark blue coloured cliffs and the variety of caves, caverns and
tunnels, with their vestiges of times gone by.
The marine fauna includes typical species such as barracudas, parrot
fish, lobsters, green morays, groupers, red porgies, angel sharks and
crabs. The vegetation features a rich variety of gorgonians– Acroporas, Madrasis, Oculina, Diploria and Scolima – as well as vast
and beautiful colonies of Black Coral which carpet the cliffs.
With its crystalline waters which permit a visibility of up to 30 meters
at depths of 25 to 30 meters, the seabed offers sharp contrasts
which are ideal for underwater photography.
This will be the setting for the IMASUB 2013 underwater
photography competition which is open to photographers from any
country. The only entry requirement is to comply with the event's
FAUNA: It´s possible to include different species such as: invertebrates,
marine mammals, turtles, birds, etc. Photos half water – half land are
allowed in this category.
MACRO: Images obtained from 1:1 scale increasing the reality 10 times.
SCENERY: Photo featuring underwater flora and fauna.
SCENERY WITH MODEL: Photo capturing the beauty of the underwater
scenery with a model or diver. It´s possible to include any external element
for artistic photos.
There is no registration fee.
Competitors must be certified as
being members of diving clubs which
are associated with the RSTC. They
must possess a valid medical
certificate and fill in the responsibility
waiver document provided to them at
the start of the event.
Registrations must be submitted 30
days prior to the event.
Results: 13 prizes will be awarded. Three first prizes for each category and an
overall prize for the best and most creative photograph. Any given
competitor can win more than one prize. The overall winner will be
awarded an original trophy and a three night stay for two people in Maria
la Gorda at half board with 5 dives per person.
Transfers on arrival and departure
(collective inter-hotels transfer).
2 nights in Havana: Breakfast included.
4 nights at Villa Maria la Gorda (3*)
with full board: accommodation,
breakfast, lunch and dinner.
1 Immersion of recognition
4 competition dives.
1 optional immersion (free).
Each dive included: boat, bottles,
ballast and instructor.
Optional immersions (payment in María la Gorda):
20.00 CUC daytime immersions and 25.00 CUC
The customer must pay (before the service) 50.00
CUC per pax in case of private. Transfer Havana-
María la Gorda.
RULES AND CONDITIONS
Each participant can select up to three Divers must use SCUBA diving
(3) photos per category.
All entrants will shoot photos in four
designated diving sites. used.
All digital cameras must be sealed. The
Organizing Committee will
right to reject cameras or housings
which could be manipulated.
The photos shall not be subject to any
form of modification or manipulation
which cannot be performed by or JPEG images will be downloaded
from the sealed camera itself. from the memory card.
The use of lighting equipment, filters
and masks is permitted.
Divers must use SCUBA diving
equipment. Pressure and depth
gauges and stabilizing jackets must be
used. Taking photos whilst apnoea
diving is not permitted.
A maximum of 200 photographs can
be taken, all of which must be in JPEG
format, TIFF or RAW can also be conversion from both formats. Only
JPEG images will be downloaded
from the memory card.
Day 1:10 th of June
Reception. Accommodation and dinner in a hotel in Havana. Free time in evening.
Day 2: 11 th of June
Transfer to Maria la Gorda. Reception with welcoming cocktail. Accreditation,
accommodation and lunch. Technical briefing. Immersion of recognition.
Day 3:12 th of June
2 competition dives in the morning. Lunch. Free immersion in the afternoon.
Optional tour (Sunset by Catamaran). Dinner. Optional night dive (minimum 5
Day 4:13 th of June
2 competition dives in the morning. Lunch. Dinner. Masterly lecture. Optional night
dive (minimum 5 persons). Dinner.
Day 5: 14 th of June
Selection of photographs to be given to the judges. Optional tour (maritime
excursion by Catamaran, includes an immersion and snack on board), return to
María la Gorda. Lunch. Afternoon at leisure. Farewell dinner. Award ceremony with
screening of the 10 best photographs.