Lonely Planet Writer

You can share your views from under the sea in the Canary Islands' dive photo challenge

The Canary Islands are a popular destination for travellers who love warm weather, relaxing on white sand beaches and for the more adventurous – diving. To show off the underwater views seen by all those who head under the beautiful blue waters, the islands’ tourism group is holding the first edition of the Canary Islands Dive Photo Challenge.

The Canary Islands are holding a dive photo contest.
The islands are holding a dive photo contest. Image by The Canary Islands Dive Photo Challenge

In just one month, more than 120 photographers have already submitted 807 photos from the seabed of the islands, featuring views from destinations like Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and more.

The Canary Islands are holding a dive photo contest.
Travellers can submit to the dive photo contest. Image by The Canary Islands Dive Photo Challenge

According to the tourism group, the islands “hide a wonderful seabed, with a spectacular fauna and flora for anyone who likes to explore underwater treasures. The quality of the Canarian waters is internationally known for its transparency, allowing visibility of up to 30 meters. Having a consistent temperature of 20 degrees, allows a rich seabed full of biodiversity characterised by a volcanic relief full of caves, nooks and gorgeous reefs”.

The Canary Islands are holding a dive photo contest.
The islands are holding a dive photo contest. Image by The Canary Islands Dive Photo Challenge

The contest is open to professional divers and underwater photography amateurs. Entrants have a chance to win prizes up to €6000 for first place, with a total of more than €25,000 in prizes available in total for multiple categories.

The Canary Islands are holding a dive photo contest.
Photos from the seabed. Image by The Canary Islands Dive Photo Challenge

All photos must be taken in the sea beds of the Canary Islands and entrants must indicate on what island it was shot. The categories of photography include diving, wildlife, wide-angle lens, macro and amateurs.

The Canary Islands are holding a dive photo contest.
Photos from under water. Image by The Canary Islands Dive Photo Challenge

The contest is open to anyone over the age of 18 and photographers have until 19 May to enter the contest on its website.