Over 300 divers gather in Sanya in Hainan for underwater photography competition – society & culture


HAIKOU, June 4. / TASS /. More than 300 photography professionals and enthusiasts participated in the scuba diving competition held in Sanya in Hainan, “Hainan Daily” reported.

According to the newspaper, the competition took place in the waters of Wuzhizhou Island, one of China’s most popular dive sites. Such events have taken place in Sanya for the third consecutive year.

As the organizers explained, during the competition, divers must “display the contrast of the marine element and the usual human life on land”, “reveal the awe-inspiring moments of the underwater world and capture them under a good angle “, as well as” ensuring the depth of the semantic content of the image with a high quality photograph “. Participants had the opportunity to demonstrate their experience and skills in one of the traditional competitions: working with a wide-angle lens, portrait, model photography, close-up photography, discreet photo advertising and extracts from stories from a series of photos.

The winners of these contests will receive various prizes. However, according to the divers, their main task is to “rest creatively among like-minded people”. As clarified by local authorities, the main task of the event is to popularize environmentally friendly recreation, to consolidate in people’s minds an understanding of the concept of sustainable development without harming the environment.

Sanya’s tourism potential

Sanya is a large Chinese seaside resort with over one million inhabitants, according to the 2021 census. The average annual air temperature in this city is 25.4 degrees Celsius, and the length of the coastline exceeds 200 km. In the adjacent aquatic area there are 19 bays and about 40 islands suitable for recreation. All this allows the local administration to successfully develop pleasure craft and beach tourism.

A significant part of the inhabitants of Sanya are representatives of the Li people, who inhabited the island more than 3,000 years ago. They speak a language belonging to the Tai Kadai family, which includes Thai and Lao. This ethnic group has preserved many customs and traditions rooted in the Neolithic era.

According to official statistics, tourism in Sanya is gradually recovering from the pandemic. In the first quarter, at least 6.96 million tourists visited the resort, which is more than three times the figure for the same period in 2020. The income of the local tourism industry for the period January-March last s ‘amounted to 22.27 billion yuan ($ 3.46 billion at the current exchange rate), an increase of 5.2 times over the previous year.


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