Report: CMAS World Underwater Photography Championship
Final day and Awards Ceremony
As mentioned in the previous day’s coverage, the delays due to the inquiries of the previous day meant that the judging panel got a sleepless night! The online judges managed to get their votes in, with the last one arriving at around 7 pm.
Competition staff still had to collate the results and build a video program for the gala presentation, which was due to start at 7!
Once the program was prepared, the awards ceremony commenced.
Throughout the contest, Enrique Martinez of Buceo a Fondo has been filming. He presented as short video summarizing the events of the past 4 days:
The winners were called up onto podium for each category
Together with their national flags
The winners celebrated!
The final act of the ceremony was the President of the Spanish Federation (FEDAS), Eduard Centelles Alonso, returning the CMAS banner to the CMAS representative, Kerim Sabuncuoglu
The contestants gathered on stage
And were joined by the Canarian Carnival dancers and drum band
They were joined by some of the hard working staff and judges:
Everyone then adjourned back to the hotel where the party commenced!
We had Polynesian dancers:
And lots of celebrations!
There was also an unofficial presentation for the highest placed teams. The Italian team was the overall winner, which as you can imagine produced some pretty wild celebration!
This included a stage invasion:
- Day 1: Registration and competitors’ parade
- Day 2: Practice Day
- Day 3: Competition Day 1
- Day 4: Competition Day 2
- Day 5: Final day and Awards Ceremony
- Day 5: The Winners