The International Diving Center María la Gorda plays host every year to the biggest party of underwater photography in Cuba. The striking landscape shows the morphology of the seabed of the Guanahacabibes National Park, where the large white sand surfaces are adorned with coral formations of incomparable beauty, its vast impenetrable blue walls with diverse manifestations of caves, tunnels and passages, together to a proliferating fauna of significant variety of colors and the wide transparency of its waters during almost all the year, make of this scene an unique place for the practice of underwater photography. That is why IMASUB has made this environment permanently yours and invites you to live an unforgettable experience.



Any photo that shows a wider angle of view than the human eye (35mm focal length), including over-under shots (half in the water, half out) and close-focus wide-angle photos.


Any photo where the living reef is the subject of the photo, similar to an underwater landscape shot. Reefscapes may use the close focus wide-angle technique and also may incorporate large fish, diver or other animal, as long as they are shown in the reef habitat among the hard and soft corals, sponges and other reef life.


Any photo where the subject is recorded as lifesize or greater on the camera's image sensor, also known as a 1:1 (or greater) reproduction ratio. As a guideline, macro subjects are generally 6 inches across or smaller and shot with a lens focal length greater than 35mm.


A portrait shot of an animal underwater including fish, sharks, sea lions, octopus, marine birds, etc. A portrait shot usually focuses on a single subject and shows their personality. Portraits can be full body shots or framed tightly around the face/head.


An underwater photograph that will show the theme selected by the organizing committee next to the jury of the event and that will be used to promote it next year. The chosen theme will be announced at the pre-competition briefing.


An underwater photograph showing marine life in action (e.g. feeding, cleaning, schooling, yawning, playing).


An underwater photograph showing marine life at night. It is important that you can perceive in the photo that the exhibition is only nocturnal life, although living elements of day and night habits can be accepted.


  • "Contest Rules"

    • Each participant will choose up to 3 pictures in each category.

    • The organizing committee has the right of accepting or discarding some cameras or camera housings that could be manipulated.

    • You can take as many photos as the stipulated time for each dive allows (90 minutes). Only JPEG images will be accepted.

    • Pictures can not undergo any modifications or manipulations unless performed in or by the same competing camera.

    • Competition dives will be performed at previously selected dive points. All competitors must visit these sites.

  • "General Information"

    • A room with computers will be enabled for review and selection of photographs.

    • Each photographer will be assigned a password to access his section, it will contain sub-folders for each category where they will locate the photos to compete according to their choice.

    • Each competitor will receive the access password and pseudonym, through a draw that will be made during the briefing.

    • Photos that are not located in the SELECTION folder of each competitor will not be able to compete.

    • The delivery of the photos to compete will close the second day of competition, at 20 hrs.

    • Each photographer will receive a tank for each dive, with capacity of 12 liters, loaded at 200 bar (190 bar minimum permissible) and the necessary ballast. The bottles will be the same for all participants.

    • The maximum recommended depth will be 30 meters and the maximum permissible 40 meters.

    • The time of competition for diving will be 1:30 hours and is valid for all participants.

  • • No photographer will be able to participate without a dive partner, if not, one will be assigned.

    • Participants in need of some diving equipment can request it at the dive center.

    • Each boat will have an assigned JUDGE that will provide all the necessary support and information, from whom the first photo will be taken. It is mandatory for every competitor that the first photo that contains the card delivered is the one of the judge assigned to his boat.

    • During the time of diving, the photographer can arrive at the boat and with the presence of the judge change optics, card (the judge must verify that it is empty and take the picture again) or solve any problem that has arisen with his photographic equipment or of diving and to return to the water to continue the competition if he still has time.

    • Facilities (tables, towels, etc.) will be enabled for the drying of the cameras and the safe extraction of the cards. These will be located in the area near the dive center, where the designated person will be to pick up the cards and deliver them for download.

  • "Inscriptions"

    • There is no registration fee.

    • Participants must be certified as members of the RSTC or CMAS member organizations, have an updated record of medical fitness, and complete the waiver that will be given to them at the beginning of the event.

    • Reservations will be valid until 30 days before the event start date.

  • "Included Services"

    • All transfers provided in the program (collective): International Airport-Hotel in Havana-International Airport. Hotel in Havana-María la Gorda-Hotel in Havana.

    • Six Nights lodging: two nights in Hotel in Havana in Plan CP. (Bed and breakfast) and four nights in Villa María la Gorda in Plan AP. (Full board: accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner).

    • Six Dives for competitors: one of recognition and five of competition. Dives include: boat, bottles, ballast and instructor.



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