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CMAS World Championship of Underwater Photography 2017, La Paz, Mexico

CMAS comp title copy

CMAS (World Underwater Federation) organizes an Underwater Photography World Championship every two years. Individual national federations pick teams to send to the event after two years of competition at home.

The venue for 2017 was La Paz, in  Baja California, Mexico. 

Competitors from 19 countries - Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Chile, South Korea, Croatia, Denmark, Slovenia, Spain, France, Holland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Portugal, and Turkey - joined the competition.

Medals for five different categories were on offer: Fish, Macro, Close-up with a theme (Sea Lions), Wide angle and Wide angle with a model. Competitors had to take their photographs during four dives over two days, and they were required to submit their entries without digital manipulation.

The judges - Víctor Isla (Cuba), Bruce Shafer (USA), Jacopo Brunetti (Italy), Rui Guerra (Portugal), Lasse Gustafsson (Sweden), Kurt Amsler (Switzerland) and Leonardo González (Venezuela) announced the winners:

Overall gold medal and World Champion: Rafael Caballero (Spain)
Silver medal: Jesús Dorta (Spain)
Bronze medal: Cenk Ceylanoğlu (Turkey)

Fish Category

CMAS top three in each category 1

Fish Category Bronze: Oscar Rulli / Argentina

CMAS top three in each category 3

Fish Category Silver: Jesús Dorta / Spain

CMAS top three in each category 5

Fish Category Gold: Rafael Caballero / Spain (Overall Gold Medallist)


Macro Category

CMAS top three in each category 7

Macro Category Bronze: Oscar Rulli / Argentina

CMAS top three in each category 9

Macro Category Silver: Stefano Proakis / Italy

CMAS top three in each category 11

Macro Category Gold: Dalibor Andres / Croatia


Close up category (Sea Lions)

CMAS top three in each category 13

Close Up With Theme Bronze: Stefano Proakis / Italy

CMAS top three in each category 15

Close Up With Theme Silver: Rafael Caballero / Spain

CMAS top three in each category 17

Close Up With Theme Gold: Peter Segerdahl / Sweden


Wide Angle Category

CMAS top three in each category 19

Wide Angle Category Bronze: Oscar Rulli / Argentina

CMAS top three in each category 21

Wide Angle Category Silver: Jesús Dorta / Spain

CMAS top three in each category 23

Wide Angle Category Gold: Rafael Caballero / Spain


Wide Angle With Model Category

CMAS top three in each category 25

Wide Angle With Model Bronze: Vidar Skalvik / Norway

CMAS top three in each category 27

Wide Angle With Model Silver: Berset Marc / Switzerland

CMAS top three in each category 29

Wide Angle With Model Gold: Cenk Ceylanoğlu / Turkey

 

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