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Croatian Underwater Photography Talent Wins Medals at Madeira Ceremony

By 12 October 2021

October the 12th, 2021 - Croatia comes first in many areas, producing a lot of talent from sport to science and medicine and everything in between. Croatian underwater photography skills are the latest thing to be awarded however, at a ceremony which recently took place on the beautiful island of Madeira.

As Morski writes, four underwater photographers from the Republic of Croatia won two medals at the World Underwater Photography Championships held in Madeira, Portugal, on Saturday, October the 9th. Croatian national team member and two-time world champion Damir Zurub with his assistant Katarina Marija Mihaljinec once again won a new world title in the Close up category and in the same category, and fellow Croat Marino Brzac and his assistant Sandra Sertic came in third place.

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 this world title.

This year, from October the 4th to the 10th, the ceremony was held on the Portuguese island of Madeira, more precisely in Porto Santo, and all of the 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 Sertic, who are all members of the Roniti se mora diving club from Zagreb.

Croatian underwater photography is extremely popular due to the rich array of life the Croatian Adriatic boasts, and the country's national team members submitted photos in 4 categories, coming within the TOP 15 best photos of all in each.

In the overall standings of the world's national teams, Spain eventually won first place as a team. The Croatian national team in underwater photography (Zurub/Mihaljinec/Brzac/ Sertic) has once again shown that it has been at the very top of the global scene in terms of underwater photography over recent years, and this new title has only confirmed that.

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