© Francisco José Van Baumberghen • January’s photo of the month in the I Online Open Fotosub Island of El Hierro

A total number of 415 registered users at www.online.openfotosub.es have emitted 1.411 votes, awarding an image of a tube anemone as the main subject with the sun shinning on the surface as “January’s Best Photo”, submited to the “seascape” category and which obtained 197 votes from the public jury.

The author of the photo is Francisco José Van Baumberghen Rodríguez who lives in La Palma and has participated in previous editions of the El Hierro Open Fotosub. In this occasion he made his dives during January in La Restinga in collaboration with the Centro de Buceo El Hierro diving center.

This I Online Open Fotosub was launched the 1st of January by the Cabildo of El Hierro, as part of the promotion and economic revitalization project “El Hierro, un Puerto de Vida”. The Online Open Fotosub is the direct descendant of the most important and long-lived event of the Canary Islands dedicated to the underwater image world: the International Open Fotosub Island of El Hierro brand that will turn 20 years of experience and as been rated by many experts as the best underwater photography event of Europe.

Allende informed that “this will be the first time that the images have to be submitted online to the Open of El Hierro and it also becomes the first occasion in which there is also an underwater video category”. The participants will be able to capture their images in the sea of El hierro between the 1st of January and the 31st of August of 2016, always under the supervision of one of the authorized diving centers.

Photos and videos must be submitted to the contest in the same month they have been captured and it will be the Popular Jury, formed by the users of the event’s Web, who will determine which images pass to the final phase with their votes and also which photo is designated as Photo of the Month. A maximum of 5 photos can be submitted each month in each of the different photo categories of the contest: best Underwater Seascape photo, best Vertebrate photo, best Invertebrate photo, best Algae photo and best Compact Camera photo. One Short Video per month can be submitted to the video category.

A jury formed by underwater image specialists of recognized prestige will judge all the the finalist images and videos during the month of September, and they will establish a classification for each of the categories. The photographer with the highest coefficient in the “Seascape”, “Vertebrate”, “Invertebrate” and “Algae” categories will be named Best Photographer of the 1st Online Open Fotosub. The Cabildo of El Hierro has established a total 9.000€ cash in prizes.

The eight authors of the Photo of the Month, will be invited by the organization to participate in the Fotosub Challenge, a underwater photography contest that will take place in La Restinga between the 19th and the 22nd of October 2016, coinciding with the announcement of the results of the Online Open Fotosub and the commemoration of the XX aniversary of the Open Fotosub Island of El Hierro.