Underwater photography is an underwater sport in which teams of competitors using underwater cameras dive into the ocean at the same time over a period of two days. This sport is governed by Confederation des Activities Subaquatiques.
The sport was developed in the 80’s as a photographic film event. This sport is known as Photo Sub in French, and Fotosub in Spanish. Preservation of underwater resources is important in this sport, if a competitor touched living sea creatures, he/she will be disqualified.
The safety of the competitors is also important; they should equip themselves with a buoyancy compensator, a surface marking system, and a dicing regulator. The finished products (the photos) are then submitted to a set of judges—which comprises of seven persons— this will then be assessed and ranked using a maximum of five categories.
This sport is usually practiced in non-English speaker countries. There have been several international competitions for this sport which started in 1985.
- Sport scuba diving — aspects of scuba diving are performed in a swimming pool
- Underwater Orienteering — individual and team events in which competitors wearing scuba diving equipment swim an underwater course following a route marked on a map prepared by the competition organizers, using a compass and a counter meter to measure the distance covered.
- Underwater Fishing — competitions using a spear to catch fish underwater.