5th International Underwater Photography Competition - IMASUB '2015

IMASUB '2015
Monday, 08 June 2015 to Sunday, 14 June 2015
"A Fascinating Landscape"

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 '2015 underwater photography competition which is open to photographers from any country. The only entry requirement is to comply with the event's regulations.

Competition Categories

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Macro: Images obtained from 1:1 scale increasing the reality 10 times.

Rules and Conditions

  • Each participant can select up to three (3) photos per category
  • All entrants will shoot photos in four designated diving sites
  • All digital cameras must be sealed. The Organizing Committee will have the 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 from the sealed camera itself
  • 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 used provided the camera permits conversion from both formats. Only JPEG images will be downloaded from the memory card

Registrations

  • 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

Awards

13 prizes will be awarded. Three first prizes for each category and a Special Prize for the best overall photographer. Any given competitor can win more than one prize. The overall winner will be awarded a three night stay fot two people in María la Gorda at half board with 5 dives per person.

Program of the Event

  • 1st Day
    08.Jun.2015

    Welcoming. Overnight at the hotel in Havana. Free Night.

  • 2nd Day
    09.Jun.2015

    Transfer to María la Gorda. Welcome Reception and Cocktail. Accreditation, accommodation and lunch. Briefing. Immersion of recognition. Opening Dinner.

  • 3rd Day
    10.Jun.2015

    2 competition dives in the morning. Lunch. Free immersion in the afternoon. Dinner. Optional night dive (minimum 5 people).

  • 4th Day
    11.Jun.2015

    2 competition dives in the morning. Lunch. Free immersion in the afternoon. Dinner. Optional night dive (minimum 5 people).

  • 5th Day
    12.Jun.2015

    Tagging pictures and submitted to the jury. Optional Activity. Return to María la Gorda. Lunch. Afternoon at leisure. Farewell Dinner. Awards Ceremony with a projection of the Top 10.

  • 6th Day
    13.Jun.2015

    Breakfast. Transfer to hotel in Havana and lodging. Free time.

  • 7th Day
    14.Jun.2015

    Check out. Transfer to the airport.

Tourist Package

Cubazul Tour & Travel designed a tourist package that includes:

For Contestants

The following lodging combinations are available:

CUC USD GBP CAD EUR
Double Room $ 505.00 $ 505.00 $ 338.00 $ 585.00 $ 421.00
Single Room $ 589.00 $ 589.00 $ 393.00 $ 684.00 $ 491.00
3rd Pax $ 473.00 $ 473.00 $ 316.00 $ 549.00 $ 395.00
CUC USD GBP CAD EUR
Double Room $ 475.00 $ 475.00 $ 318.00 $ 551.00 $ 396.00
Single Room $ 549.00 $ 549.00 $ 368.00 $ 637.00 $ 458.00
3rd Pax $ 461.00 $ 461.00 $ 309.00 $ 535.00 $ 385.00
CUC USD GBP CAD EUR
Double Room $ 431.00 $ 431.00 $ 289.00 $ 499.00 $ 360.00
Single Room $ 489.00 $ 489.00 $ 328.00 $ 568.00 $ 408.00
3rd Pax $ 405.00 $ 405.00 $ 272.00 $ 470.00 $ 338.00

The prices include:

  • Guided Service

Havana

  • Transfer in Havana Airport – Havana hotel
  • Welcome cocktail in the hotel
  • Accommodation in the hotel (2 nights) in BB Plan (Bed + Breakfast)
  • Transfers according to the program
  • Collective Transfer Havana - I.D.C "María La Gorda"

I.D.C "María La Gorda"

  • Accommodation as booked in I.D.C "María la Gorda" (4 nights) in Plan FB (Accommodation + 3 Meals)
  • 6 Dives

    • 1 recognition dive
    • 4 competition dives
    • 1 FREE dive (optional)

(*) The dives include: boat, bottles, ballast and instructor.

  • Collective transfer I.D.C "María la Gorda" - Hotel in Havana
  • Transfer out

The prices do not include:

  • Airport Taxes

For Companions

The following lodging combinations are available:

CUC USD GBP CAD EUR
Double Room $ 391.00 $ 391.00 $ 262.00 $ 454.00 $ 326.00
Single Room $ 475.00 $ 475.00 $ 318.00 $ 551.00 $ 396.00
3rd Pax $ 349.00 $ 349.00 $ 234.00 $ 405.00 $ 291.00
CUC USD GBP CAD EUR
Double Room $ 381.00 $ 381.00 $ 256.00 $ 442.00 $ 318.00
Single Room $ 455.00 $ 455.00 $ 305.00 $ 528.00 $ 380.00
3rd Pax $ 339.00 $ 339.00 $ 228.00 $ 394.00 $ 283.00
CUC USD GBP CAD EUR
Double Room $ 335.00 $ 335.00 $ 225.00 $ 389.00 $ 280.00
Single Room $ 391.00 $ 391.00 $ 262.00 $ 454.00 $ 326.00
3rd Pax $ 273.00 $ 273.00 $ 184.00 $ 317.00 $ 338.00

The prices include:

  • Guided Service

Havana

  • Transfer in Havana Airport – Havana hotel
  • Welcome cocktail in the hotel
  • Accommodation in the hotel (2 nights) in BB Plan (Bed + Breakfast)
  • Transfers according to the program
  • Collective Transfer Havana - I.D.C "María La Gorda"

I.D.C "María La Gorda"

  • Accommodation as booked in I.D.C "María la Gorda" (4 nights) in FB Plan (Accommodation + 3 Meals)
  • Collective transfer I.D.C "María la Gorda" - Hotel in Havana
  • Transfer out

The prices do not include:

  • Airport Taxes
  • Dives

Package Supplements

Accommodation pre-event and post-event

Accommodations in La Habana

CUC USD GBP CAD EUR
Double Room $ 42.00 $ 42.00 $ 30.00 $ 49.00 $ 35.00
Single Room $ 64.00 $ 64.00 $ 44.00 $ 75.00 $ 54.00
CUC USD GBP CAD EUR
Double Room $ 37.00 $ 37.00 $ 26.00 $ 43.00 $ 31.00
Single Room $ 54.00 $ 54.00 $ 38.00 $ 63.00 $ 45.00
CUC USD GBP CAD EUR
Double Room $ 22.00 $ 22.00 $ 16.00 $ 26.00 $ 19.00
Single Room $ 32.00 $ 32.00 $ 23.00 $ 38.00 $ 27.00

(*) Reflected prices are per Pax per night.

Accommodations in Pinar del Río

CUC USD GBP CAD EUR
Double Room $ 41.00 $ 41.00 $ 29.00 $ 48.00 $ 35.00
Single Room $ 53.00 $ 53.00 $ 37.00 $ 62.00 $ 45.00
CUC USD GBP CAD EUR
Double Room $ 46.00 $ 46.00 $ 32.00 $ 54.00 $ 39.00
Single Room $ 64.00 $ 64.00 $ 44.00 $ 75.00 $ 54.00

(*) Reflected prices are per Pax per night.

Optional Transfers

Private transfers during the Event Havana - I.D.C "María la Gorda", must by paid by the customer according to the following prices:

1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4-8 Pax
$ 213.00 CUC $ 107.00 CUC $ 71.00 CUC $ 75.00 CUC

Optionals at I.D.C "María La Gorda"

  • Daytime Diving: $ 25.00 CUC per Pax
  • Night Diving: $ 35.00 CUC per Pax
  • IMASUB Diving Plus: Going out by boat at 09:00 hrs to enjoy 2 divings in Cabo Corrientes. Lunch at "Las Canas" beach (fruits cocktail, vegetable salad, mixed roasted meat in coal, creole moro rice, dessert and a national beverage: softdrink, beer, water)

    • Price for Divers: $ 35.00 CUC per Pax
    • Price for adult companion: $ 15.00 CUC per Pax
    • Children under 12 years: FREE
  • Tour "Sunset": Going out by boat at 18:30 hrs. Romantic getaway with tour around the bay to enjoy the sunset. Free bar (cocktails, softdrinks, water, rum y domestic beers). Return: 20:00 hrs.

    • Price: $ 24.00 CUC per Pax

I.D.C "María La Gorda"

Península de Guanahacabibes
Cabo Corrientes , Pinar del Río
Cuba
21° 49' 8.8212" N, 84° 29' 44.736" W
Pinar del Río CU