Four underwater photographers from Croatia have won two medals at the World Underwater Photography Championships in Madeira, Portugal this weekend.
Croatian national team member and two-time world champion Damir Zurub with his assistant Katarina Marija Mihaljinec again won a new world title in the Close up with a topic category, and in the same category, Marino Brzac with his assistant Sandra Sertić claimed third place, Morski.hr reported.
For the past 36 years, CMAS (Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques) has been organising the World Underwater Photography Championships. Held every two years, this competition brings together photographers and videographers from around the world to compete for the world title.
This year, from October 4 to 10, the World Cup was held on the Portuguese island of Madeira – Porto Santo, and all competitors were accommodated in the Hotel Villa Baleira, which was the base of all events. 97 competitors from 21 countries with 10 teams took part in the world championship, and competitors from 8 countries competed in the video category.
The Croatian national team was represented at this world championship by Damir Zurub (photographer and captain of the national team), Marino Brzac (photographer) and assistants Katarina Marija Mihaljinec and Sandra Sertić, who are all members of the diving club Roniti se mora from Zagreb.
The Croatian national team submitted photos in 4 categories and in all categories they were in the TOP 15 best photos of the World Cup.
During the competition, they dived at four locations in the protected marine reserve Ilhéu de Cima that are rich in marine fauna.
In the overall standings of the world national teams, Spain eventually won first place as a team. The Croatian national team in underwater photography (Zurub / Mihaljinec / Brzac / Sertić) has once again shown that it has been at the very top of the world scene in underwater photography in recent years, and the new title has only confirmed that.