LPA Fotosub 2012 brings the seabed of Las Canteras to all audiences In this underwater photography event, from the 5th and 7th October at Las Canteras Beach, 35 professional photographers have confirmed their inscription. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Tuesday 2nd October 2012.- Las Canteras Beach will host next weekend, from the 5th to the 7th October, the International Submarine Photography contest LPA Fotosub, organised by the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for the fourth consecutive year. Around 35 professional photographers have registered in the competition, among who stand out the world champions and finalists Arturo Telle, Juan Antonio Carballo and Isidro Felipe Pérez, to picture the seabed of El Confital Bay during the next three days. The photographic open contest that has the area of Playa Chica, El Charcón, and Peña la Vieja as background has become a singular event among the submarine photography contests around Spain since it integrates the participation of some of the current best professionals with amateur submarine photographers no matter how old, skilled or equipped. In this year’s edition, 300 inscriptions are expected, standing out those who participate with compact camera, being amateurs many of them since diving is no longer a risk activity, and given the fact that technology has made its way through underwater photography. In this season of the year, Las Canteras Beach presents unique conditions to achieve impressive pictures due to the life if shows, says the Councillor of City of Sea, Mimi González, “[…] its regeneration capability, the lack of predators and its natural conditions, being sheltered by La Barra reef, allows to be the breeding ground for many species”. Meanwhile, the technical director of the event, Enrique Faber highlighted the diversity of algae that the beach has and the incidence of light over fauna and seabed, since it is a shallow area ideal for taking astonishing images. Each photographer can compete in digital reflex or digital compact categories, depending on which type of camera will be used. Photographers are free to take pictures and must present a collection of 6 photographs being mandatory the following modalities: – Ambiance with model: Picture with the presence of a diver, whether in apnea or equipped. – Ambiance without model: Underwater environment without the presence of a diver. – Fish: This category reflects pictures of fish, whether fully shown, partially shown, close-up of group of fish. – Macro without fish: Macro picture of any marine species not considered as fish (algae, invertebrate, etc.) – Algae: picture showing algae, whether in angular or macro. – Creative: picture free of interpretation by the photographer, valuing the difficulty, technique and flashiness and beauty of it. One of the singular tests of Las Canteras Fotosub is the Cazafotosub (Fotosub-hunt) in apnea. The aim is to take pictures of fish free diving. This modality values the quantity of different species pictured and the jury will value the difficulty to locate the species and picture them. In this case, photographers will be able to dive from Peña la Vieja and La Puntilla, always between the area of La Barra reef and the shore. Children are the main characters of the event. Apart from the kids open, with the possibility of registering up to 80 young submarine photographers with prizes for all participants, from surf-learning lessons, books about underwater nature of the Canaries, folding guides about cetaceans and turtles and marine species posters of the Canary Islands, among others. A school drawing contest is also programmed for Saturday and on Sunday morning there will be first-dives for free and the workshop: Sea Class: Dive in Las Canteras. The success of the LPA Fotosub is endorsed by the high participation in the amateur category, with 80 photographers and the university category, expecting 60 students to be registered. People interested in this raising activity, in the middle of art and sport, will be able to learn more about underwater photography throughout two workshops about “Snorkelling and apnea. Basic techniques and safety”, and “Professional photography equipment”, which will take place on Sunday morning at the event tents located at Las Canteras Promenade, between the streets Nicolás Estévanez and Franchy Roca. Programa LPA Fotosub / Programme Viernes 5 de octubre / Friday 5th October Open Cazafotosub 09:00 Control de participantes / Participants check Inicio concurso fotografía “Pescador pescao” / Start Photo contest “Fished fisherman” Apertura exposición fotográfica “Una mirada atrás en el Fotosub”/ Photo show 09:25 Foto de grupo / Group Photo 09:30 -12.30 CAZAFOTOSUB 17:00 Entrega selección definitiva de fotos de CAZAFOTOSUB / Giving of Definitive photo selection Sábado 6 de octubre / Saturday 6th October Open Fotosub (Réflex y compacta) / Open Fotosub (Reflex & compact) 9:00 – Control de participantes y foto de control / Participants check and Photo check 9:25 – Foto grupo competidores / Competitor’s Group photo 9:30 /12.30 – OPEN FOTOSUB 9:30 / 12.30 – Bautizos de Mar / First dives 17:00 Entrega selección definitiva de fotos de OPEN FOTOSUB / Giving of Definitive photo selection 18:00 Deliberación jurado / Jury Deliberation Domingo 7 de octubre / Sunday 7th October Categoría aficionado: modalidades infantil, popular y universitario / Amateur category: Kids, popular & university. 9:00 – Apertura del evento: inscripciones y control de participantes / Event opening: inscriptions and participants check. 9:30 / 12.30 – Bautizos de mar / First dives 10:15 – CONCURSO INFANTIL / Children contest 11:45 – Taller: Aula del mar: sumérgete en Las Canteras / Workshop: Sea class: Dive at Las Canteras. 12:20 – OPEN POPULAR / Popular Open Contest 12:45 Taller: Snorkeling y apnea. Técnicas básicas y seguridad / Workshop: Snorkelling & apnoea. Basic techniques and safety. 13:30 Taller: Material de fotografía profesional. Técnicas de competición / Workshop: Professional photography equipment. Competition techniques. 14.00 – Sorteo premios modalidad infantil / Children category prize draw. 14:25 – OPEN UNIVERSITARIO / University Open 16:00 Deliberación jurado / Jury Deliberation Entrega de fotos “Pescador pescao” / Picture giving: “Fished fisherman” 18:00 Entrega premios categoría aficionado, (popular, universitario, “pescador pescao” y concurso de dibujo escolar) / Amateur category prize giving (popular, university “Fished fisherman” & school drawing contest).
20:00 Clausura con exposición fotos ganadoras y entrega premios profesionales / Closing: Exhibition of winning pictures and prize giving ceremony