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III Madeira Underwater Open Photography & Video 2024 Championship

1st Stage of the Portuguese Cup

The III Madeira UnderWater Open Photography & Video 2024 Championship, which this year has the novelty of running the 1st Stage of the Portuguese Cup in parallel, has kicked off.

Approved by CMAS (World Confederation of Underwater Activities) and by the Portuguese Federation of Underwater Activities, which is supported by the Clube Naval do Porto Santo, has approximately 50 athletes who will travel to the island of Porto Santo (Madeira Archipelago, Portugal) and stay there for nine days to compete in this event.

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©Pedro Vasconcelos

Within the Open, the three nationalities of the participants stand out, where it is possible to identify former World and European champions in the area of underwater photography and videos.

The first dives are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and the second for 3:30 p.m., keeping the same schedule for all the competition days. The duration of each dive is a maximum of 90 minutes, which all competitors will have to capture the best possible images.

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©Pedro Vasconcelos

Famous for its nine-kilometre sandy beach, the smallest inhabited island in the Madeira Archipelago is just an hour and a half flight from Lisbon, in the far southwest of Europe, 500 km from the African coast and 1000 km from the European mainland. This island has several diving spots, including two artificial wrecks with maximum depths of 30 meters, and several natural sports with depths of up to 25 meters, with diverse and very abundant underwater fauna and flora.

Diving is seen by the government as one of the main sporting activities to be developed on the island, where there is a clear commitment from all government bodies to create conditions for practising this sport all year round, where the sea has an average annual temperature of 20 degrees Celsius.

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©Pedro Vasconcelos

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